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Hi I'm Jason

I'm a father of three boys, a husband, and a software developer. I can whistle and hum two parts simultaneously. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born the only child of two good parents, who showed me by example to work hard, to do good, and to respect the Lord. I had a lot of spare time growing up, which I spent doing math problems, teaching myself how to develop video games and other computer programs, and building a tree house. I also played cello, french horn, and piano, sang in a regional boys choir, learned to simultaneously whistle and hum in harmony; and I occasionally arranged music for my school symphonic band. Now I work for a large software company, helping develop the graphics driver on a major video game console. I've never been a fan of violent games, It makes me sad to hear of people who waste their lives being addicted to them. I've used whatever small influence I have to help shift the company towards more family-friendly games and improved parental controls. I enjoy being with children, and have seriously considered a career change to become a school teacher. Now I have a wonderful wife and three energetic young boys. We read books, play board games, go to the park, watch movies, and play piano together. I love my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a good home, where we believed in Jesus Christ. We did not go to church regularly, but we occasionally read, discussed, or watched movies about stories from the Bible. I always respected people who lived their religion well (whatever religion it was) - people who would do humanitarian missions, nuns and monks that would devote their lives to the service of God, and people who were willing to show that they were Christians and be really good people, etc. Near the end of high school, I realized that I wanted to be closer to God, and to start attending a church, but I did not know which church to join. A friend online invited me to meet with the LDS missionaries. They gave me pamphlets with dozens of scripture references from the Holy Bible and from the Book of Mormon. I found that I loved all of the scriptures. I did not have much experience with the Bible, but believed that it was true. The Book of Mormon seemed to fit well with the teachings of the Bible, but I did not know whether it was true or not. I said to myself, "The Bible teaches that I should get baptized. If the Book of Mormon is true, I will join the LDS church. If it is not true, I will keep looking, and join another church". One of the things the missionaries taught me is that each person can and should be close to God. Besides praying for others, and praying in thranksgiving, we should pray for understanding, guidance, comfort, and for a witness of the truth. "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God..." (James 1:5). I decided to pray about the church, and about the Book of Mormon. The Lord gave me a witness that the Book of Mormon is true. With that answer, I decided I should join the church. I prayed more, and he gave me an unmistakable witness of the divinity of the Lord Jesus Christ, and again, a witness that God had called Joseph Smith to be a prophet. The Lord has answered my prayers in unmistakable ways, many times, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

How I live my faith

Joining the church has helped me to become a better person. Without realizing it, the Lord helped me to became more pleasant. My parents noticed the change in me, and wanted to learn more about this church that had helped me to change. They also joined the church, a few months after me. The teachings of the church have brought my family closer together, and to have great joy together. After receiving a witness of the Gospel from the Holy Spirit, and after seeing my family all grow and change for the better, I wanted to share that joy with the world. So I decided to leave my job for two years, and serve as a missionary in New Mexico. As a missionary, I had the privilege of teaching the Gospel, doing service, and helping people repent of their sins and come to Christ. Individually, I pray regularly, and try to read the scriptures often. Lately, I've been listening to the Old Testament in the car, and reading the Book of Mormon, and I'm attending a Sunday School class on the New Testament. I prayerfuly reflect on my life & try to make changes to be more in conformity to what the Lord wants me to be doing. I always try to be honest and morally clean in my actions and words. (I'm not perfect in any of these things, but I'm working on it.) In church, I have a calling to help share the Gospel. I also am responsible for watching over two other families, and I sometimes play piano for the children's sunday school (Primary). As a family, we teach our children about how Jesus died for our sins, and was raised from the dead. We try to pray together morning and night. We teach our children to be thankful for the blessings God has given them, and to ask for things they stand in need of - and to pray for others who need help. We try to read scriptures daily as a family. Right now we're reading exerpts from the Book of Mormon. We sing hymns together. Weekly, we have a special family night, where we help the kids teach a gospel-oriented lesson to the rest of the family.