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Hi I'm Jason

I'm a frequent flyer, grew up in Germany and my family has Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI). I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew-up as an Army “brat” and have lived all over the United States and Germany. Until I was 18 over half my life had been lived in Germany. I love to hike, bike, exercise, the outdoors, read good books, learn about new things and travel to new places. I’m also what you might call a “geek” because I love to work with computers and technology. So I see myself as very lucky that this is what I get to do in my occupation. Being a husband and father occupies the majority of my time now and is by the far the most challenging and rewarding thing I have ever done. Because of the medical condition known as Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) that my wife and children all have we spend a great deal of time in the hospital. Even with all of this time in the hospital we still manage to travel, go on vacations, play, have fun and love life as a family.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew-up in the Mormon faith but because my father was in the Army we very always lived in areas with few members of our faith. What this meant was that I had to decide at an early age if being a Mormon was really what I wanted when so many of my friends did not have to do things like go to church for three hours on Sunday. Because I’m always interested in learning new things and I love to read I decided the best way to make my decision was to first study the doctrine of the Mormon faith. This led me to read the Book of Mormon, Bible, Doctrine and Covenants and the Peal of Great Price all while a very young man. As I read each day I would pray to God asking if what I was reading really was his word. I also decided to try my best to live by the beliefs I was trying to prove. The answer to my question did not come all at once or even in a very remarkable way. To be honest I’m not sure when the answer came but I realized one day that I knew the Mormon faith and all of its teachings are indeed the word of God. Since that time I love that I get to attend church for three hours each Sunday and learn about God. I have not stopped reading his words found in the scriptures and find new understanding every time I open any of those books.

How I live my faith

Shortly after my wife and I married we were faced with the decision of starting a family. Given that my wife has OI this decision was not as simple as it may seem. We understood that with every child we had there was a 50% chance that they would also be born with OI. This would mean each child would be likely to break bones often, require hospital care frequently and be unable to participate in many activities others take for granted such as running. After much research, speaking with experts, prayer, fasting and being told by a few professionals we had no business even considering starting a family we decided to move forward. After several years of trying with no success we began to wonder if having children was just not possible and began to look into adoption. As we were finishing the paperwork near the end of the year to submit to the adoption agency we felt impressed to wait until January to send them in. One month later we learned that my wife was pregnant. We have since been blessed with three beautiful children; each and every one of them has OI. Many have questioned, and still question, why we decided to have children knowing the condition and odds of doing so. I will be honest that having a family with OI is not easy. We spend a great deal of time in the hospital either for preventive treatment or broken bones. Some activities that so many take for granted such as running, riding bikes or even playing on a soccer team are just not possible. So with all of this how do I still believe in the goodness of a kind and loving God? Because of the matchless mercy extended through his son Jesus Christ. I truly believe what Christ said in John 16:33 “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world”