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Hi I'm Jason

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am Jason Tjapkes. My last name is Dutch and sounds like chap-kiss. I am a convert to the church. I have a thirteen year old son who was on his way to being born when I was baptized at age 19. So I have been a member 14 years as of July 4th 2011. I never married my sons mom. Later I married a non member and lasted about 5 years together, and another 3 separated. After divorcing my first wife I was single for about three years and recently remarried a beautiful daughter of God in the Nauvoo Temple. I consider myself very blessed even after all the mistakes I have made in life. I work in a factory and go to school online studying the ARTS with a major in photography. I hope to someday make a living in Fine Art Photography. My other hope is that I am able to keep my wonderful family together on a path to someday live in the presence of our heavenly father.

Why I am a Mormon

I am Mormon because I know that their is a God and that Jesus Christ is my Savior. This is something that I have always felt. I first learned on the church through a best friend in Arizona. Later after moving back to Michigan I seen the missionaries walking and invited them to my house. Soon after I was baptized because it felt like the right thing to do. I new that the church was true because of everything I had ever felt with anything that had to do with the church. However I still did not exactly know God and what he expected of me. I think that this is something you learn over time as you live the commandments, and strive to become closer to the savior. I did not do all these things after my baptism, and so I became a Mormon who did not live the gospel. That is not the end of my story because of the atonement of Jesus Christ I was able to repent and come back to the church. I know feel that I have a much better understanding of my Heavenly Father and what he expects of me. The other reason that I am Mormon is because of the restoration and the Prophet Joseph Smith. Heavenly father has restored the true gospel of Jesus Christ to the earth and that gospel can only be found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Ladder Days Saints. I am so thankful for that gospel because I do not know where I would go without it. I imagine that some people felt the same way about Jesus as he proclaimed to be the son of God that they feel about Joseph Smith Proclaiming to be a prophet. The difficulty of accepting such a miracles intervention of spiritual communication in these ladder days is beyond the wits of man to explain. Believing that the Gospel is true takes a desire to seek out the truth through faith,prayer,the companionship of the holy ghost, and patients. I a Mormon because I know this is Heavenly Fathers Church.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to keep the spirit in my life. I know that if I keep the commandments, pray, and strive to do the lords will that I can have his spirit to be with me. Life is challenging and I do not always feel spiritual, that is why it is important for me to keep commitments. My commitments are pray, scripture study even if it is just reading the Ensign, attending church every week, having family home evening, and doing church callings such as home teaching. These are the things I do to maintain my faith. Yet there is so much more Heavenly Father has for us to do. It is amazing to think that God actually has assignments he wants us to accomplish. To be able to fulfill Gods will brings a joy to my life that can not be found anywhere else on earth. I think that helping to build Gods Kingdom here on earth is my greatest purpose after finding my salvation. Finding joy in sharing the gospel with others and changing lives is all apart of building his kingdom here on earth. This is how I try to live my faith. I live my faith by always trying to be charitalbe to others, becoming a better person, and pressing forward.