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Hi I'm Jershon

I am a teacher, a dust storm chaser, a stamp collector and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a chemistry teacher. Science is fun! Outside of teaching, I enjoy tracking dust storms in my area. Several years ago, I chased local dust storms and researched the pollutants they stirred up. Now I watch them from a safe distance. In addition to all of that, I collect postage stamps from the mail. My favorite is when cards come around Christmas time with a Christmas postmark.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Mormon family. I felt God’s influence in my life even when I was a child. My family prayed together, went to church together, and God was always part of our home. As I grew older, I was faced with the prospect of being baptized. I always felt a sense of inner reassurance about baptism -- a warm feeling like that was what Jesus wanted me to do. I followed that reassurance and was baptized when I was 8. I was generally very happy when I would go to church. I also loved reading the Bible and Book of Mormon at home. In high school, I went to church for a morning religion class everyday before school. High school was so much easier to go to after such a positive class. When I started college, I began trying to decide if I should become a missionary. I took this decision seriously, especially since some of my peers were against it. I wanted to do the right thing. I began an intense study of the scriptures and prayed a lot. After several weeks, I received an answer! I felt peace one night just like I had when I was a child. I knew then that Jesus loved me and that the Book of Mormon and Bible were true. I always believed those things before but this time I was sure about them. Not long after, I went on a mission for a few years. Those became some of the happiest years of my life. I know God listens to prayers. He cares about people around the globe.

How I live my faith

My experiences as a missionary have given me a desire to help make the world a better place. I was able to do that as a science tutor a few years ago. It was really awesome to help fellow students find their way through chemistry calculations. Some didn't think they could handle the tricky math but ended up mastering the problems. I really felt like I was helping answer other people's prayers to 'survive' homework and tests. I worked for several years at a manufacturing plant where I gained an interest in water purification. I decided to go back to school full time to study water. It was scary to leave a really good job during the present economy. I balanced my chemistry learning with religious learning and scripture reading. I prayed a lot as I studied for tests and worked on projects. Each time I did, things turned out better. After years of hard work, I graduated! I owe my success to my family, my friends at school and church, my professors, and Heavenly Father.

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Faith can improve families and homes! Surely there are many relationships that could be improved by following Jesus Christ’s teachings. At home, if one were to readily ‘forgive others their trespasses, [wrongs, and mistakes]’ surely happiness would increase in that home. As another example, ‘do good to those that hate you’ might be applied in one’s workplace by being professional and helping the team even when someone else seems to make office life miserable. Following these things requires faith in Jesus Christ (and sometimes a lot of it). He said 'love one another'. It is true: faith in Jesus Christ can improve relationships at home and elsewhere. Show more Show less