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Hi I'm Jason

I'm a public defender, a father of three boys, and I'm a Mormon

About Me

I am a recent law school graduate trying to start a legal career. During school, I stayed home with my son and went to night school while my wife taught ELL at a local elementary school. Now I'm hoping to get enough of a career going so that she can stay hom with him and our second son due January 2012. I have been a member of the LDS Church my whole life as has the last six generations of my family on both sides. I served a mission in Detroit, Michingan.

Why I am a Mormon

 I had some sacred expeiences as a child that helped me to understand the reality and power of the gospel. But, I would say that the reason I am a practicing mormon has more to do with Joseph Smith. By studying the life and works of Joseph Smith along with the prophecies and doctrine of the Bible and other scriptures I began to understand the importance of Joseph Smith's calling and the importance of the Church he helped to organize. This understanding has been confirmed by the Spirit as I prayed to ask Heavenly Father whether what I have come to understand is true.

How I live my faith

I am the president of the young men's organization in my ward. That means that I advise the young men 12-18 years old in our congregation on how to fulfill their responsibilities as deacons, teachers, and priests in the priesthood. While the young men have the responsibility to run their own program, I have the responsibility to help them understand their roles and to encourage them in their efforts to do their duty. I also try to live the gospel by teaching the gospel to my son and by sharing the gospel with my friends and neighbors. I try to be an example of a believer that others can look to to see how a memeber of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints lives. I love to answer people's questions about the Church, even weird or embarassing questions. I love to help people understand the simple beauty of the gospel of Jesus Christ as it has been restored by prophets in our day.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Jason
It really depends on how you define "cult." One definition of cult is a religious group that follows a single charismatic leader. We believe that the president of our church is a prophet called by God to lead the Church of Jesus Christ in our day. Prophets have consistently counseled members that they must obtain from God a confirmation of the principles they teach rather than just doing what the prophet asks. We are asked to follow Jesus Christ by following the promptings of the Holy Spirit and by studying and following the words of modern prophets as we would study and follow the words of ancient prophets recorded in scriptures. Other people believe that a cult is a religious group with beliefs and practices outside the mainstream. While the Church certainly has beliefs which are different from other Christians, the center of our belief is that Jesus Christ is the savior of the world and that we may return to God only by following Jesus and accepting Him as our Savior. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Jason
 Eternal life is the type of life that God lives. It is a life of continuing progression and productive work. While we must be essentially perfect and clean in order to obtain eternal life, this is possible for every person on earth because Jesus Christ has taken upon Himself the punishment for our sins and promises that we will not have to suffer eternal consequences of those sins if we continually repent and follow His example. Show more Show less