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Hi I'm Jason

My family and I live in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. I'm a novelist, columnist and public speaker. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a dad who loves his children and a husband who loves his wife. My family is the reason I drive slowly to work every morning and the reason I speed home. I love to travel, but I prefer coming home. I don't play golf well, but I love it anyway. I don't cook well, but I sure love to eat. I tell stories for a living as a full-time novelist, but I love speaking engagements and writing my weekly online newspaper columns even more. I live in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and cherish my friendships with people of all different religions. Sometimes people ask about my greatest accomplishment, or what I'm most proud of having done, and the answer is simple: I served a two-year mission for the Church to Brazil. I'm thankful everyday for the things I learned. I'm imperfect, but perfectly happy with what I what I believe and who I am. I am a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

What do I know? I know that I am a Christian. I am an imperfect follower of a perfect Savior. I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am a Mormon. In my profession, I write novels that contain the flavor of faith but do not promote one religion over another. I write about broad themes important to all of us, no matter what church we call home. I write about Christmas, forgiveness, redemption, family, marriage, charity, miracles and life after death. When I began my career in 2004, I was involved in frequent discussions about how prominent I should make my religion. Should we mention Brigham Young University in my bio? Should I reference my two-year mission to Brazil? Should we advertise that one of my two publishers is Salt Lake-based, home to LDS Church headquarters and a high concentration of Mormons? How shameful. I am embarrassed that, for years, I simply wanted to be a New York Times best-selling author who you may or may not find out later just happens to be a Mormon. I have dear, trusted friends from all corners of religious faith. They are Jews, Catholics, Methodists, Episcopalians, Lutherans, Presbyterians and others. I admire them and respect their choice of religion. Me? My choice is to belong to the Church that mostly resembles the Lord's church when He walked the earth. I know that prophets and apostles and modern-day revelation are real. I know that all churches have some truth, plenty of love and the spirit of goodness. But I also know that His church must have priesthood keys and proper authority. That authority has been restored, and it's found in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Perhaps most importantly, I know that God lives. I know that He loves us and I know that he wants us home. So, if you're reading this profile and thinking, "I had no idea Jason Wright was a Mormon," I sincerely apologize. If you're reading this and want to know more about what I believe, ask me. I'd love to tell you.

How I live my faith

I currently serve as first counselor in a "stake presidency." (A stake is a geographical area, like a diocese, that contains usually 6-12 congregations. Our stake has 10.) This means I often attend other congregations regularly and help other leaders serve their members in the best ways possible. I work quite a bit with young men and women and we teach them to be good sons, daughters, brothers and sisters so they can one day be good fathers and mothers, husbands and wives. We teach them to pray regularly, to study the scriptures and to build their own unique relationship with their Father in Heaven. Serving the youth is something I cherish. When I'm not attending other congregations, I love sitting with my own family in our usual spot in our chapel in Woodstock, Virginia.