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Hi I'm Jason

I am a 35-year old father of 4. I grew up and live in Colorado. I joined the LDS Church when I was 18.

About Me

I love the outdoors, particularly backpacking. If I could afford it, I'd probably spend a month or two every summer backpacking some trail. Now that some of my kids are getting old enough, I would love to do a long backpacking trip with them and with my wife, Katie. I also love sports. I played football in college at Colorado State University, and I enjoy exercise/fitness. I also love to coach kids' sports and have had the fun opportunity to coach my daughter's volleyball team and my son's football team. I am also a cancer (lymphoma) survivor. I never even considered the possibility of getting cancer and then one day found out I had it (35 years old). I went through chemo which was very hard, but am through it now and so grateful that I was cured and can get back to normal life again. I feel very fortunate.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was in high school, my then girlfriend, Katie, invited me to church with her and her family. It happened to be the first Sunday of the month which is "fast & testimony" meeting, where there are no sermons delivered but rather the congregation has an opportunity to share their thoughts/feelings in an extemporaneous fashion. I was really impressed by some of the things I heard. Having grown up in a non-religious home, I didn't realize that spirituality could be so important to people. This was in the spring of 1994 when I was 18 years old. That experience began a chain of events where I studied more and more about the LDS faith, attended services, met with missionaries, and read Book of Mormon (which, along with the Bible, is among the scriptures used by the LDS Church). I began to pray for the first time in my life. My life began to change. I had always been a happy and successful person, but I began to experience a richness and a sweetness that was distinct and different. Looking back, I know that was the Spirit of God whispering to me of the truthfulness of the Gospel and the rightness of the path I was on. I made the decision to be baptized, and it was one of the happiest days of my life. When I joined the Church, I was starting a football scholarship at CSU. I told my parents I wanted to take a 2-year break from football to serve a mission for the LDS Church and share what I had found with others. Having not experienced what I had, they were not supportive at first. Over time, they warmed up to the idea and supported me in my decision. A little over a year after I was baptized, I left for a 2-year mission in Albania and Italy. It was truly one of the highlights of my life. And the most amazing part? My mom and little sister joined the Church during my mission, and my dad 10 years later! The Gospel brings joy and direction and clarity to my life. I can't imagine raising my family without it.

How I live my faith

I have had many different assignments ("callings") during my years in the Church. At times I have taught Sunday School to children or youth, other times taught adults, and am currently the 11-year old Boy Scout leader for our ward. I.e. I have a "troop" of 11-year old boy scouts. Along with my friend Brian, we teach the scouts the various skills, go on outings, and have fun together. I love the opportunity to serve in the Church as it helps me to focus on others, which puts my life into better perspective and makes my own problems seem smaller. One thing that really attracted me to the LDS Church and that I continue to love about it is that there is no paid clergy, i.e. the congregations are run by the members. Everyone plays a role, whether large or small, to help things run smoothly and to edify and serve one another. This is how I see Christ's church working in ancient times.