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Hi I'm Jason

I live in Tennessee, I'm an attorney, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Washington state. I served a mission for the church in the Philippines. My wife and I met in college, and we now live in Tennessee. We have four beautiful children, a girl and three boys. I am an attorney and my wife received an advanced degree in speech language pathology. Our daughter was born with a heart defect and some special health needs, and after having heart surgery in 2010, through prayers and excellent medical attention, she is doing great! She brightens our home each day and helps us remember the most important things in life. Our three sons are also full of life! My daughter currently loves it when we read stories together, my oldest son loves it when we play "the wrestle game" (i.e. wrestling and tickling), my second son loves it when we play hide-and-seek, and my youngest son loves it when I rub his head rubbed feed him his bottle at the same time. My wife loves it when I wash the dishes without being asked and take her on dates. I love spending time with my family, researching my family history, and participating in outdoor activities--especially hiking--in beautiful Southeast Tennessee.

Why I am a Mormon

I was introduced to the Bible and the Book of Mormon at a very young age, and I remember as a young child feeling God's Spirit touch me as I learned from my parents and Sunday school teachers about God's dealings with man, and especially about Jesus Christ and His great Sacrifice for mankind. When I was 8, I decided to read the Book of Mormon and ask God if it was true. I finished the book after about a year, and when I read the promise of one of its prophets (Moroni Chapter 10:3-5) I felt a burning, powerful, happy feeling inside that it was true. That witness has only grown stronger as I have grown older, and I also know by that same power that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, Jesus Christ really leads The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, that we have living prophets TODAY, and God's church has been restored just like when Jesus Christ set it up on the earth. The Lord has bestowed power and authority upon His prophets and apostles today, and through that power and authority, I can be with my wife and family forever and not just until the end of this life. This knowledge means more to me than anything in this world, and I am happy each day because of it. That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by praying to God each day and reading His words, and by focusing on others. I can also read and listen to the words of God's living prophet. As I do that, my relationship with my Heavenly Father is strengthened and I learn what I need to do in my life to be happy and to help others to be happy. Then I go and do what I feel when I pray, read, and listen to God's word. Usually that means serving and helping people. Through that I decided to serve a mission for two years in the Philippines, I chose my career, and I get a chance to live my faith every day as I spend time with my family and teach my children God's word. I also try to serve people at work and in the church. In the church, we get to go out and visit members and families in our city every month, minister to them, and teach others how to do the same. It's really awesome because we get to be tools in the Lord's hands, and help people come closer to Jesus Christ as they come to church and make and keep covenants with God. Little visits can make a big impact and really help us to feel Jesus Christ's redeeming love.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Jason
Yes, a hundred times over. Just as the children of Israel received revelations from the prophets in their time, through the living prophet, we receive revelation in our day, our time, and for our circumstances. His name is Thomas S. Monson, and he is a humble man who has spent his whole life trying to do God's work. The prophet receives direct revelation from Jesus Christ on how to lead The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and strives to teach the world what we need to do to prepare for Jesus Christ's Second Coming. I have seen the prophet and have heard him speak, and at the very instant he came into the room, I knew through the Spirit of God that he was God's prophet. I encourage anybody who doesn't know this for themselves to listen to the prophet speak or read messages he gives to the church via general conference or church magazines, and to pray and ask Heavenly Father if Thomas Monson is not God's prophet. I have learned by prayerfully listening to the prophet and applying what we learn in our daily lives, God lifts us up, He upholds everything we do, and He prepares a way for us to overcome our challenges and accomplish His work to rescue people. God loves us so much that He gave us a living prophet, and if we obey the Lord's commandments through the prophet, we will be led back to Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Jason
Jesus Christ is the center of our religion, and is our Lord and King. Everything we teach in the church leads back to Him. I would venture to say that those who come to our church to learn and participate in our meetings, or who take the missionary discussions, have learned that the whole point of "Mormonism" is to come to Jesus Christ and be saved. He was born of a mortal woman so He was subject to mortal pain and death, and He is also the literal firstborn Son of the Father; thus, He has all power over sin and death. He suffered for the sins of mankind, and He can and will save all who will come unto Him. He was crucified in the most cruel manner, and three days later He rose up from the dead. He lives, and He is the Savior of the world. I am grateful for the Lord Jesus Christ and for what He did for me. Through Him, I am and can be forgiven of my sins. As I repent and come unto Him, He lifts me up and sustains me, and helps me overcome my weaknesses. If we try to follow Him, seek forgiveness for our sins, and learn to love others as He loves us, He will help us to overcome the challenges of this world, and we can literally come back to the Savior and live with Him and our Heavenly Father again. Show more Show less