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Hi I'm Jason

I'm a California native. I'm a marketing professional. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in northern California as part of a large family. I was raised in the Mormon church. My siblings are top of my best friends list. That list includes others. But, my family is really such a valuable asset to me. Growing up, I loved to play football with my brothers and neighbor friends. But, I later discovered a passion for tennis and played competitively from high school through part of college. While in college, I thought I wanted to be an automotive designer, but after a year of design school I switched to engineering. I finished my engineering degree and then got an MBA. I spent 5 years as a finance manager for one of the big three automotive companies and then left to try something new. Over the past 10+ years, I have been working as a marketing manager for high tech companies. During my career, I have had a chance to move around the country and have lived in 7 different states over the last 15+ years. Changing environments, from small towns to big cities, from the east to the west, from the north to the south, has given me an opportunity to identify and experience many different cultures and meet many different people in this country. I love these experiences. I have made many friends over my career and I consider those relationships to be some of my greatest gifts.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised a member of the Mormon church. My parents taught me the doctrines of the church (and continue to do so by example) and have helped me develop habits that have blessed me throughout my life. Some would say that being raised in the church means that I don't think for myself. If that is true for me, then that is true for everyone else on this earth. Everyone must assess the life they have been raised in and then chart their own course the rest of the way as an adult. At some point, every Mormon must experience their own conversion. I believe the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. I base that belief on a series of experiences over my life where I have felt the Spirit of God teach me and testify to me of the divinity of the Lord Jesus Christ and of his gospel. The Spirit of God has testified to me of the truth of the Book of Mormon. I have felt the Spirit testify of modern prophets. These spiritual witnesses are foundational to my religious beliefs and I continue to build on this foundation through obedience, study, prayer, and service. I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. I feel his love when I draw close to him. Those experiences have had the greatest impact on my life and I hope will continue to do so. I believe he lived and died for all mankind. It's remarkable to think of such a sacrifice. I'm a Mormon because I believe the doctrines are true. Living the gospel of Jesus Christ fills me with hope and happiness.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith first by being a good citizen. I try to keep the laws of the land and uphold my civil responsibilities. I live my faith by participating in my church responsibilities. One of the things that I love about the Mormon church is that we have a great organizational structure, but we don't have paid ministry. We all participate and receive assignments and responsibilities that change every year or two. This allows us to develop talents and skills and bless the lives of our congregations and community. In the past, I have been the leader of the adult men's group which helps to watch over members of the congregation (we call the congregation Wards or Branches). We divide up the men's organization into teams of two to act as little service teams (we call them home teachers) and assign them to households within the congregation to watch over them. It is a wonderful experience and everyone in the congregation is assigned a service team. We are blessed when we serve, and we are blessed when we are served. So, this program helps both the giver and receiver of service. There are so many ways to serve and contribute, whether it be sharing talents, offering time, or making contributions of money and goods.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Jason
I don't think that members of Christ's church have ever been paid for their service. The New Testament has taught how the apostles were asked to go out an teach, taking no thought for purse or scrip (Mathew 10). I think the principle is that God will take care of the temporal needs, but we need to offer freely of our time, talents and possessions. Being able to serve freely means that our best intentions are not obscured by monetary gain or aspiration. Fortunately, when we all serve in the church, the individual burden is lightened and we can enjoy service without feeling like the world on our shoulders. Show more Show less