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Hi I'm Jason

I spent most of my youth in upstate New York. I spent over 9 years in the Air Force. I am an avid hockey fan. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Personal side: I am a husband and father of 3 beautiful daughters. I love the games of hockey and lacrosse. I grew up as an Air Force brat (dependent). I am an only child. After I was born, I think I was such a little terror that I scared my parents into celibacy. Most of my youth was in upstate New York. I've lived throughout the United States and even spent some time in the Azores and Ascension Island overseas during my military career. Professionally: I spent a little over 9 years in the military. I worked for several DoD contractors after I separated. I have finally landed at the U.S. Forest Service as an Information Security Engineer. I received my Masters Degrees from Colorado Technical University in Colorado Springs. As a neighbor and friend once told me, I'm educated beyond my intelligence.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up knowing there was a God but I didn't prescribe to any religion. I attended different churches in my early 20's to see if any felt right. Nothing seemed to click. I met a beautiful woman and we eventually got married. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints but not really practicing. She never really approached me about becoming a member. She just let me figure it out on my own. Since I had no previous religious affiliations or preconceptions, I think it probably allowed me to approach the subject with an open mind. I agreed to let our kids be members of the church and be baptized even though I wasn't a member. Even though I wasn't a member, I knew that having some religion in your life was better than none. Fast-forward 12 years and 3 kids later. I had been through the Missionary Lessons several times and it got to the point that I just did it to test the Missionaries' knowledge and faith. I went to church once or twice a year when my wife and kids asked me to. Then it happened. The kick in the pants that some of us need to realize the truth that has been staring us in the face the whole time. I lost my job 2 weeks before Christmas. I was very bitter and angry. After 3 months, we were no longer able to pay our bills or even put food on the table. I was at a crossroads. One day while standing in my bedroom, all of that anger, bitterness, despair, and depression was lifted from me as if someone just took it. Gone. I felt a calmness that I had never felt and I was relaxed for the first time in a very long time. Welcome to my moment. They say that a complete person is one that maintains their mind, body, and spirit. Well, I exercised my mind through education. I exercised my body through sports. I always seemed to ignore the spirit part. So, after my wake-up moment, I made the decision to get baptized. Never thought it would happen. But now that spirit part is maintained and I truly feel like a complete person.

How I live my faith

Well, after about 6 months of being an active member of the church, I received a calling to be an Assistant Scoutmaster. What a perfect assignment for a guy from the Adirondack mountains. I love it! The boys are energetic and smart. I would like to think that I am a positive influence on their upbringing but time will tell. If they can camp, fish, and conduct themselves in a manner consistent with Scouting and the church then I have done my part. On the other hand, if they get lost in the woods, start a wildfire, and catch nothing but seaweed and sticks while fishing, then I probably messed up somewhere along the line. I'm aiming for the former rather than the latter. I also get to be a Home Teacher. Being a Home Teacher means you get assigned to a few families and you visit with them at least once a month to make sure they are doing well and help them with whatever they may need. It is one of our chances to act as Christ would. Talk about a challenge! I think the Home Teacher gains more than the families he helps out. Funny how that works. Volunteers also fit this category as they do work for the benefit of others and give of themselves. I have volunteered a few times with Habitat for Humanity and other non-profit organizations. I even volunteered before I was a member of the church and was doing God's will without even realizing it. Looking back, I now recognize the feeling of satisfaction and happiness that came afterwards was actually Heavenly Father rewarding me for my efforts.

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

Jason
This was one of my biggest hang-ups when I was investigating the church. I was always curious why only certain members were allowed into the temple. I finally received a response from a Missionary that I will never forget. I worked in the Government and had to deal with classified information. When dealing with classified, you must be trustworthy and have a need to know. The Missionary told me that the temple was like classified work. You need to be briefed on the basics and prove your worthiness before you can be allowed through the doors. I recently went through the temple for the first time just a few weeks ago with my family and now I get it. I had to meet certain standards and conduct myself accordingly to be allowed to enter. Show more Show less