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Hi I'm Jason

I'm just tryin to be a good guy

About Me

I am fortunate enough to be born into the Church. I was usually a very obedient kid and have always actively attended church. I'm into running, basketball, racquetball, ping pong, education, classy music, and various types of art. I'm on a 2 year, full-time mission in North Carolina. It's sick!

Why I am a Mormon

At first I was just a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because all of my immediate family were members. Some of my closest friends have been members of the Church as well. By the time I was 18, I had read from the Book of Mormon and Bible multiple times, by myself and with my family, but I'd never personally prayed to know specifically if the books were true. I always figured they were true, because I'd read them and seemed like they teach fantastic things. So I tried it. I prayed, and got an answer! It was a peaceful, comforting feeling I'll never forget, as if all of a sudden, everything I'd ever been taught in church and at home just made sense all at once. I knew my answer was given from God through the Holy Ghost, and I immediately expressed gratitude for such a miraculous experience. And I continue to have positive experiences like this which reassure me of the truth that I already hold near and dear.

How I live my faith

I just try to be a good guy. Sharing the Gospel with everyone, in conversation, and in countenance. I figure that if people always see me smiling, they'll want what I've got--- eternal happiness. Plus I'm pretty hardcore, like I read my scriptures evey day and am constantly praying and stuff like that.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Jason
I'm a Mormon missionary! I proselyte so that people can have better lives. Sometimes I just help people become less ignorant. Sometimes I give service to those in need. Sometimes I help people prepare to live better lives by accepting Christ's gospel. My purpose stays the same each day, but proselyting gives us the opportunity to go out and touch the lives of new individuals who need something more in their own lives. With all the rejection that we face, it is easy to get down on myself. What keeps me going day after day, is the fact that I know that no effort is wasted. People back in the days of Jesus Christ weren't exactly His biggest fans. Jesus Christ was no failure. They didn't necessarily treat His apostles with respect either. Those apostles weren't failures either. Not everybody will listen, but everyone will have the opportunity to listen and accept the gospel of Jesus Christ. So I just proselyte and offer the gospel to everybody, and sometimes people listen and apply what we teach. Sometimes they don't. That's the most fun part of being a missionary, though, is having an opportunity to tell a listening ear about the Savior's love and grace and mercy. So yeah, that's why I proselyte proactively. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Jason
We often call God our "Heavenly Father" because that's what He is. We each have traits that He has given to us, and He wants us to grow up to become like Him. When I was a baby, I couldn't even talk or walk. Through time and experience, both success and failure, I learned how to walk and talk. These are both skills that Heavenly Father has, that He helps us develop. God has blessed us with mothers and fathers to help Him carry out His purposes and help us develop His divine characteristics. We're trying to become the best people we can be. I believe that God is our Heavenly Father. He has a perfect, resurrected, immortal body of flesh and bones. He is not just some huge spirit that covers the entire universe. He created us after His own image, and created us so we could potentially become like Him, because He loves us more than we can possibly imagine. God is the real deal, the perfect Father of us all. Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Jason
The blessings that come from reading the scriptures are endless, but a few that I've personally experienced are feelings of self-worth, hope, and increased faith in our Savior Jesus Christ. Through reading and studying the scriptures everyday, my life is coming in greater harmony with Christ's teachings. I read about uplifting experiences that other people had, over 2,000 years ago, that still apply to my situation, and help me through struggles. I am blessed to be able to learn from others mistakes, and also gain a firmer testimony of Jesus Christ through their words. It's very motivating and uplifting, and teaches me how to be a better disciple of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Jason
I definitely do not worship Joseph Smith. I respect him all sorts, as we should respect a prophet of God, but I don't worship him. I have the same respect for him as I do for Moses, Noah, Enoch, or any other prophet who has walked the earth. He is a good guy, and an obedient servant of the Lord. Show more Show less

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Jason
Modesty is more than just dressing conservatively. It has alot to do with self-respect and respecting others. When we dress, speak, and behave "modestly," it's easier for people to feel good around us. My parents really taught me alot about modesty by their own example. They tried to get it across to me that clean cut boys are what they would like to see more often, but I didn't really appreciate it until I have moved out and am living a little more independently. I see now how much better I feel when I dress conservatively, and when I hang around girls who promote good thoughts, and are fun to be around, rather than girls with different motives. Also, there's alot of profanity out there, so it's nice to not be around people who swear and are always hating on other people. It all starts in the home. Just be good-looking people and don't cuss. That's what my family has done for me. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Jason
A testimony is your story of how you came to know for yourself some of the most foundational aspects of your faith. For example, the way I know that Jesus Christ is the Savior is because of the reassurance i receive from the feelings of the Spirit that I have been forgiven for my previous mistakes, when I sincerely change and ask for forgiveness from Heavenly Father through prayer. There are other foundational principles that are important to have this sacred witness about: God being our loving Father, the gospel of Jesus Christ being restored through the prophet Joseph Smith, the Priesthood authority to carry out the work of salvation for our families, the scriptures being the word of God, and modern revelations leading us in a positive direction. Everyone can and ought to have a testimony of their own. Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Jason
My Father is the dad of the family. My Mother is the mom of the family. They share responsibility of making children, and then helping their children be good people, by supporting and raising them. My own parents have both instilled a work ethic into me, because my parents are both hard workers, and very effective in the way they get things done. They always manage to work together, and I don't think they even fight! No, I'm sure they do, but they always seem to settle their disagreements quickly so that they can be good examples of how to get along with our family. They lead by example, and support the family by being the best they can be. Even though I know they aren't perfect, it's easy to forgive them of their mistakes. It's easier to try to be a good kid when you've got good parents. So much in life depends on good parenting skills, and it's alot easier when both parents work together to raise a family! I love my parents and I am grateful to them both for the huge roles they play in my life. Show more Show less

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Jason
When I was applying to college, during my senior year in high school, I'd imagined myself someday being an adult, having a family and a career, but I never really knew how it would all unfold. I figured it would just happen, and I'd be along for the ride. Not the case! In this pivotal decision, I was scared of the future and did not want to mess up. I learned that if you don't apply to college, you can't attend college. So I started applying to several different schools, not really ever closing my mind to any options. I made sure to have my parents helping me pretty closely too, to make sure I wouldn't throw them into 50 years of debt. After visiting many different campuses, I had narrowed my options down to 3 schools. My parents and I fasted and prayed to know which school would provide me with the most opportunities for success in the future. None of them were bad options, so it was chosing between "good, better, and best." After fasting and praying, I made my choice and my parents fully supported my decision. I felt good about it. I still don't know if it's the "right" choice, but I don't think that matters. I understand that my choice of college will affect my future in so many ways, and I'm grateful that as I payed attention to the promptings of the Holy Ghost, I was able to make a very tough decision, and feel good about it. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Jason
When I was little, I would do these dance workouts in front of the t.v. with my Mom. They're super funny! Loads of people have good ideas about how to have a healthy diet, lose weight, etc. The Lord wants to help us optimize our adventure on earth, so He has given us a diet and exercise program called the Word of Wisdom. He wants us to be active people, by getting exercise and rest, both, of course, in moderation. He tells us to eat healthy foods. Have balanced food intake. Fruits, veggies, grains and meats are good. Sweets are good, but don't go overboard. ;) He's told us specific substances to avoid: coffee, tea, illegal drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. They're not good for our bodies. They weaken our receptiveness to Heavenly Father. As I obey His commandment to treat myself like I matter, I have been super healthy. I run a bunch, and my heart is in good shape, so I can be a better force for good. I'm able to be productive.I know the Word of Wisdom isn't just a good idea from an old dead guy, but that it's a revelation from the Lord to help us be happier, more productive people. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Jason
I've realized recently the importance of developing relationships in life. God's purpose is to bring about immortality and eternal life. I want to help make that happen, so I develop a relationship with God, through prayer and obedience to His commandments. Steps to a relationship with the Father also include a relationship with the Son, Jesus Christ, and we do that through receiving the ordinances of the gospel, which are baptism and confirmation, and living the principles of faith and repentance. We are promised to have the companionship of the Holy Ghost when we live accordingly, and that relationship with the Holy Spirit is strengthened as we follow His guidance. As well as these spiritual relationships, we get to develop physical relationships, with family. I love my parents and siblings, and look forward to someday having relationships with my wife and kids, and prolly grandkids too. I want these relationships to last forever, so I'll put a whole bunch of effort into them. I know that if I do the things necessary to build strong, happy physical and spiritual relationships, Eternal Life is something to look forward to. And that's not just meant for me, but for all of God's kids. Show more Show less