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Hi I'm Jason

I'm a country boy who loves to teach, laugh, and talk with others. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in the Oregon countryside to be a hard worker and a gentleman by two very strong and loving parents. I learned to love to work hard and serve others, most of the time with my family at my side. My dad taught me to be understanding and patient of others through his own example, and my mom showed me to be strong and never give up. Our family vacations (I have three older siblings by the way) consisted of us going up into the mountains for a weekend during the summer to cut up firewood for the coming winter since we used a wood stove to heat our entire house. After a couple days of working we would get a day or two, plus the evenings, to enjoy nature and fun together as a family. I have countless stories from those "vacations" together that seemed better to me than any amusement park. Since high school I have loved to work with the youth and have always been involved in some sort of youth program. I am currently working on my Bachelors in Recreation Management with my emphasis in experiential education/youth adventure education. I also have taken a great interest in interpersonal communications as well as family studies. I enjoy teaching others about simple life principles that will lead them to living a happier and more fulfilling life, especially through the use of experiential education. I would love to be able to make fantastic food with ease, and am currently working on it, and hope to be able to play the guitar and sing well some day.

Why I am a Mormon

During my childhood my parents took great care to teach me some of the truths that answers life's most meaningful questions: Why am I here? Where did I come from? Who am I? I remember that after years of being taught about what we call the Plan of Happiness, I desired with all my heart to know if what I'd been taught was really true. Independently of any other person, I asked God in prayer that very question and can tell you that I received an answer confirming the truthfulness of what I had been taught. I know that God is the Father of our spirits, that He sent us to this earth to learn and grow, and that He has provided us with a way to successfully navigate our way through this life and attain our full potential as children of God. Knowing these truths means everything to me. The choices I make in this life are based off of a sure testimony of these truths, and it has guided me each and every day of my life. I don't know where I would be today without the gift of that witness, and strive to live worthy of that tender mercy.

How I live my faith

I have found that opportunities to be in a position of great influence do not always have titles, salaries, or recognition. I could indeed hold a great position of leadership in some organization or company, but true power to impact other's lives is not achieved through a structure or hierarchy. It comes as I live in harmony with what my Father in Heaven has asked me to do, which can be found in the teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As I learn to humble myself and love those around me, I find that I can be guided by the Holy Spirit in how I can encourage, support, and teach others to make choices that will bring them happiness and peace. I find joy in seeing others find answers to questions & needs that are deeply meaningful to them. The beauty of the Gospel is that it can, and someday will, answer every question, solve every problem, ease every pain, heal every wound, and right every wrong.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Those members that are allowed into the temple have made commitments before-hand that have both qualified and prepared them to participate in the learning and sacred work that happens there. It can be likened to a student going to Graduate school. The student must first have the pre-requisites to both show they are capable of taking on further responsibilities and learning, and have met the qualifications put forth by those responsible for the institution. The Lord desires all his children to enter the temple, but asks that we take on preparatory commitments (like baptism) that will help us to accept and keep more challenging and rewarding ones in the temple. This need to prepare and qualify for greater things is why what goes on in the temple is regarded with great respect and reverence. To talk about and present it to those unprepared would not be treating it as it should be. Nor would it be fair to those who haven't prepared themselves to get out of it all they could. Like handing someone who has never played a piano a beautiful piece of music and thrusting them into the middle of a concert. They need both time and practice to fully master and appreciate the beauty of both the music and the joy that can come from it. In temples we are taught about the importance of our earthly experience, the covenants (promises) we make to God, and we perform ordinances, or sacred acts, that bind us closer to our loved ones and God. Show more Show less