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Hi I'm Jason

I'm a mental health counselor and a Mormon. I love my family and the gospel of Jesus Christ.

About Me

I grew up as a member of the LDS Church. I later served an LDS mission in Spain for 2 years. I have been married for about 6 1/2 years and have 2 little girls. About 4 years ago, we had a son that died. That was a really difficult experience but we were comforted in knowing that through Christ families can be together forever. I am currently a mental health counselor and enjoy helping others through their own difficulties--especially when they have had a loved one die. It is a very rewarding job to help others improve their lives yet at the same time I know that only true healing can come through Christ. That is why I like to talk to others about him any chance that I can so they can also feel his healing power as I have felt it.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the LDS church so my situation and exposure to the church is different from some others. Growing up, the church was a fun place to make friends and learn to sing songs about Jesus. As a child, I relied heavily on the beliefs of my parents in the church. However, little by little as I began to put into practice for myself some of the things I was being taught I began to realize what wonderful joy living the gospel of Jesus Christ brings. Each time that I have implemented one of Christ's teachings into my life He has blessed me with a very convincing reassurance that He loves me and wants me to be happy. I felt that when I first read the Book of Mormon by myself. At the end of the book, there is a challenge given to pray about whether the book is from God or not. I knew my parents believed the book was true. But even their testimony of the book was not enough. I needed to know it for myself. So I asked God. If anyone could tell me if it was true or not, He could. I now know that it is a book from God and that the LDS Church is directed by Him.

How I live my faith

In the church, I assist in leading a group of men in serving other members of our church and the community. I also am assigned families in the church to watch out for, visit, and to befriend. I enjoy this service a lot as I feel that I am following Christ's example in serving others. In my family, I get to really put to practice the gospel of Jesus Christ and live my faith. Changing diapers, feeding children, preparing meals, etc.--all of that stuff does not seem like it is really important stuff. Yet, many of those things are very Christlike. He healed the sick and fed the hungry many times. I also learn about loving and serving others selflessly within my marriage and family. In no way am I perfect, but each day I am learning to take advantage of and cherish these opportunities to follow my Savior's example.

Can husband and wife be together forever? Do you believe that families will live together in heaven?

I believe that families can be together forever. My wife and I were married in the Salt Lake City temple about 6 1/2 years ago. Just a couple years after that my wife and I had a son die. It was the most difficult experience of my life. However, during that difficult time I was filled with a lot of hope. Mormons believe that when someone is married in the temple and keep the covenants made there that that marriage and any children they have after being married in the temple will last even after this life. This was true for me and my wife. We feel strongly that we have the opportunity to be with our son again despite his death. I am so grateful that God has provided a way for families to be together forever. Because of that knowledge I can go through this life having much more hope and feeling healed from the wounds of grief. Show more Show less