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Hi I'm Jason

I'm a brother, a friend, I'm a man on a mission and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Whats going on? Thank you for taking the time to read my profile. Just a little bit about me, I love basketball. I am dangerously white but large in stature. I also love video. I love to work with cameras, audio, lightning but mainly editing. You and along with many others may be wondering, a Tennessean that likes technology? Yes. I'm here to break down the stereotype that all Tennesseans ride a donkey to school and play the banjo. While that may be a hobby as well, I love video. Video is the ultimate way to express yourself. A wise man once said, "A picture paints a thousand words." Film shows 30 pictures per second. That is a lot of painted words. Along with video and basketball, I love the outdoors. Tennessee comes from the Native American word Tanasi. Which means "beautiful land". Tennesse is beautiful. Beauty is how I know that there is a God. Every sunset God paints a masterpiece. This life is not a big mistake. Mistakes are never as beautiful as a sunset, a green pasture, or the ocean. At least my mistakes aren't. I know that there is a grand architect behind everything that is good or beautiful in this life. That grand architect is God. I try to live everyday with no regrets. Life can be as wonderful as you decide you want it to be. I try to have fun with the ordinary everyday things. Life doesn't need to be boring. My dad always taught me to work hard and play hard. That is how I live my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised a Mormon. For this reason, many people think that I blindly agreed to everything I've been taught and that I've never questioned the teachings of the church. I let them know that while I may have been born as a Mormon, I had to read and ponder and pray to know that it is true. Just like anyone else would have to. I have read and prayed about the Book of Mormon many times. Every time I do, I receive an answer by the power of the Holy Ghost telling me that the Book of Mormon is God's word to us. That answer that I have received is something that I can never deny. I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is Jesus Christ's church on the Earth today. As long as I live I will continue to help my friends understand that as well.

How I live my faith

I am a Mormon. Now what does that really mean? Mormons are Christians. Mormon is simply a nickname given to us because we believe that the Book of Mormon is the word of God as well as the Bible. As 'Mormons', we believe that the heavens are not sealed in our day. We have a prophet who leads and guides this church under the direction of God. Prophets have the authority to say, "Thus saith the Lord." The name of our church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Now you know why people call us Mormons, because that is a long name. Jesus Christ is in the name of our church because that is who we worship, love, and respect. Jesus Christ means everything to me. I live my faith by following the standards that we are asked by a prophet to follow. A lot of members struggle to follow these standards. Usually it's because the friends that they associate with. That is why I made the decision early to find good friends who will build me up. I have some of the best friends anyone can have. Even when they wreck go karts into me or get in mud fights in my pond! The best friends that you can have are the ones that help you live your faith. My friends have done that for me.

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Jesus Christ himself was baptized to give us an example of what we need to do. Baptism is essential to return to live with God. (John 3:5) Baptism shows God that we promise to follow Christ and keep his commandments throughout our lives. When we are baptized, our sins and mistakes are washed away and we can return to live in God's presence as we keep our promise at baptism and repent when we make mistakes. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Yes. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Throughout time, God has given His servants, the prophets, the authority to act in His name. This authority is called the priesthood. Jesus Christ gave the priesthood to His original Twelve Apostles by ordination (see John 15:16), and they directed the work of His Church after Jesus ascended to heaven. But after the Apostles were killed, the priesthood gradually disappeared from the earth. In 1829 Joseph Smith received the priesthood authority to organize Christ’s Church from Heavenly Messengers who had held this authority anciently including the prophet John the Baptist and apostles Peter, James, and John. In 1830 the same Church of Jesus Christ that existed centuries ago was organized and restored to the earth. The priesthood has two divisions. The lesser priesthood is called the Aaronic Priesthood, named after Aaron in the Old Testament. It includes the authority to preach the gospel of repentance and to baptize. The greater priesthood is called the Melchizedek Priesthood, named after Melchizedek in the Old Testament. It includes the authority to preside over the Church and to perform all ordinances, including giving the gift of the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less