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Hi I'm Jason Bagley

I'm just an average guy blessed with an amazing wife and children...and a new son-in-law. I think we'll keep him:) I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I’m the eldest of seven children and grew up in Fruit Heights, Utah. I love music and played the French Horn throughout high school and some college. I also played the bass guitar in some jazz bands and a little rock band with my buddies. We never quite graduated from the garage, though. I served a full-time mission to the England Bristol Mission (southwest England, southern Wales) after which I enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve as a private. I left the service 13 years later as a captain. I married my best friend, who I’ve known since the sixth grade. We’ve been married now for over 26 years. We have two children and recently married off our daughter to a terrific young man. I’m a graduate from the University of Utah as well as the University of Phoenix and currently work in government affairs. I love the outdoors and enjoy fly-fishing, camping, and biking. I have served as an adult volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America for most of my adult life (I still have a full head of hair). I am also very active in the business community and serve on the boards of several business associations. Most importantly, I am a husband and a father and I wouldn’t trade it for the world!

Why I am a Mormon

I come from several generations of Mormons. My ancestors joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints shortly after it was organized in 1830. They gathered with the other members of the church and subsequently suffered terrible persecution including loss of property, their homes, and, in some cases, their lives. Throughout these hardships they continued in their commitment to the faith, moving from town to town as they were driven out by mob violence. After they were forced from their homes in Nauvoo, Illinois they prepared to move west. Part of that preparation included military service for one ancestor, Joseph Taylor, who enlisted as a private in the Mormon Battalion and served from 1846-1847. Following his return to Council Bluffs, Iowa he and his family made the trek across the plains to help settle Utah. I grew up learning the stories of my pioneer ancestors and concluded that there must be something to a religion that required so much sacrifice from its people who endured great hardship in order to leave me a legacy of faith. I am a Mormon because I have studied the teachings of Jesus Christ in both the Bible and the Book of Mormon and believe that they offer the only path to real happiness. His example helps me to be a better man. I want to be a better husband and father because I believe that my Father in Heaven wants me to become like him and expects me to do a little better each day. I have hope that my family will continue forever and will do so if we live God’s commandments to the best of our ability. The Gospel of Jesus Christ has not prevented me from experiencing tragedy and hardship. However, it provides the antidote to life’s challenges. It gives me hope for a better world and empowers me to rise above the grind and work toward a brighter day.

How I live my faith

My faith teaches me to love and care for others—all of whom are Heavenly Father’s children. This occurs primarily through service. My first priority is to serve my family to ensure they know they are loved and receive the support and care they need. Like most families ours is busy. We have worked hard to carve out at least one night each week just for us—no phone calls, no friends, no distractions. During this time we sing, pray, play, discuss questions or counsel together regarding issues of concern. A favorite activity is to play the “loving game.” Each person shares what he or she loves about the other members of the family. This helps us focus on the positive attributes of others and consider how they make a difference in our lives each week. Our church has no paid clergy. As such, members are called to serve in various capacities to run the organization. Over the years I have served in many different roles such as Sunday school teacher, Scoutmaster, choir member, and, secretary. Several years ago, I was called to serve as the bishop of our ward. It was one of the most challenging yet rewarding experiences of my life. I presided over a congregation of about 575 members. They came from all walks of life with many varying needs and concerns. During my service I worked with the youth, helped families through difficulties, wept with those who grieved, and provided help to individuals needing food, clothing, shelter and employment. Currently, I serve in a stake presidency with responsibility for over 5,000 members spread across 13 different wards. My wife says it keeps me out of trouble. I have learned a lot, namely, that each person has great value and stands on equal footing before Heavenly Father. There is a place at the Lord’s table for each of God’s children regardless of who they are. I live my faith by helping people know they are loved and that they, too, can find an anchor in a world of shifting values and peace in the midst of the storm.