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Hi I'm Jason

I'm a Father, I'm a Husband, I'm an Investigator, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in the catholic church. I attended church every Sunday, went to catechism, I was an alter boy and even had plans to join the priesthood. Then high school came. I moved away from a church I loved so much and stopped going to church for 3 years. I got a job at Subway and my boss was a good friend and recent convert to the church. During closings we would talk about church and any number of things. She ended up inviting me to church. The next day at school I spoke with a classmate who was also a member and asked her probably the strangest question I had ever asked. "So what's this about having three heavens?" She was taken aback but used the opportunity to share the gospel with me. I shortly there after joined the church and left for basic training for the air force. About two years went by and that classmate and I had stayed in contact. In the fall of 2004 I asked her to marry me and in March of 2005 we were sealed in the Oakland temple. February of 2008 brought us our first big challenge and also one of our greatest joys, my daughter. Then in July of 2010 we welcomed into this world our first son. Life is not easy, it is full of surprises and challenges but through all of that I still have my family for all eternity and that is my greatest joy.

Why I am a Mormon

Being a member of the armed forces has given me the blessing of traveling the United States and the world. One of my favorite aspects of the church is that it is the same everywhere you go. From the farm town in California to the desert of Afghanistan the church doesn't change. If I went to a service on Mars it would be the same. That brings us as members a sort of continuity wherever we travel. If you go to any town across this great land of America you will see several different Baptist churches or Presbyterian churches whether it is "South Brunswick Baptist Church" or "East Brunswick." With the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints it doesn't matter if your building is in the north, south, east, or west. The same message will be shared.

How I live my faith

The greatest way I can live my faith is by being an example. The same way that Jesus is my example and my mentor, I hope to be that example for those around me. I stand up for the things I know to be true and try to help those who are searching for the truth. "And if it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentance into this people, and bring, save it be one soul unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father!" D&C 18:15

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

This question stems from a question that I myself have had on numerous occasions. What happens to a person who was never baptized and dies? Being raised in the Catholic church I have often wondered these things. Why do Catholics baptize their babies? They (and at one time I) believe you are born into sin. The sins of your fathers or mothers are transferred to an innocent baby. What happens to that baby if he dies before baptism? Some would have you believe you will go to hell. Now I ask a question. What type of Heavenly Father would we have if that is truly how he felt? We as Mormons know there is life after death. If Jesus is our example that we need to follow, and he was baptized, then we should be baptized. For those that have passed before us the journey is not through. As a member of the Mormon church you have the privilege and responsibility (if you are worthy) to go to the temple and be a proxy for those who have come before to help them follow Jesus' example. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

 The Family A Proclamation to the World states "The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity. Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities." What more can I add to this. My personal belief is that families are gifts that we must search for and, when we find, nourish. The relationship between a husband and wife is a relationship of equals. One should not boss the other around but, make decisions as equals. We believe that if you violate the covenants you make in marriage or abuse your spouse, verbally or physically, you will stand accountable before God. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

The simplest answer is that we are commanded to pay tithes just as Abraham was in Hebrews 7:1-10. Also if you ask most Mormons they will tell you they pay tithing because of the blessing that come from paying tithing. Malachi 3:10 says "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now here with, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it." To me the thought of receiving a blessing so big that I won't have room for it is quite simply awesome. I know that the Lord blesses those who pay tithing. My wife and I have always tried to make sure the tithing check is the first check written and that it is paid every month. One month in particular was very difficult for us financially. Several unexpected expenses came up and then my truck broke down. All of the bills were paid and tithing was paid, but we only had $200 left for the month. We took the truck in to get it fixed and the charge was going to be over $200. We decided the truck being fixed was a necessity so we pulled from our emergency fund. When I went to get the truck from the mechanic and pay for it I noticed a sign that they were offering military discounts which started just the day before. With the military discount it brought our total to $198. I know my Heavenly Father blessed me and my family for remaining faithful and for paying our tithes. Show more Show less