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Hi I'm Jason

I enjoy John Denver, Lawrence of Arabia, Philosophy and apple pie. Recently graduated in Economics, and I'm Mormon.

About Me

I grew up Mormon in Northern Utah with my sisters and brother, but I've been able to live in Paraguay, China, and Virginia after moving out. I've met and seen a lot of different people, and to me we are all really mostly the same at heart. In addition to my degree in Economics, I also enjoy learning about classical philosophy, political thought, the sciences, art, mathematics, and history (particularly 19th and 20th Century). Swimming, camping, and small construction projects are great too. In fact, I've often found it difficult to narrow down my interests. I see so much vitriol and polarizing division in the world that occasionally I worry if the rich cultural inheritance of the modern world will survive. My faith in Jesus Christ and the respectful, heartfelt beliefs (Christian, Religious, or otherwise) of people around me give me hope for the future. 'Oldies' music really connects with me, especially the works of John Denver, Gordon Lightfoot, The Eagles, etc. From 19-21, I served as a full-time proselyting missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Paraguay. I just graduated with a degree in Economics, and hope to work either in Finance or Consulting. I'm curious, love knowledge, culture, being engaged, am somewhat concerned for society-but hopeful through Christ, and I'm a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to LDS parents. My dad was raised with some Mormon pioneer heritage and my mother learned of and joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in her twenties. I was raised in the church. Regardless, I have been raised understanding the need of seeking a personal witness for myself of its validity, and have always been encouraged to seek all manner of truth and knowledge. I sought and have gained my own testimony of The Book of Mormon and it's teachings through sincere prayer answered by divine and personal revelation and today hold to these beliefs because I have God's confirmation that they are true in my heart and mind. I'm a Mormon because I love my Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ. They provide the way, through Christ, to the greatest happiness in this life and in the life to come. I want to follow Christ. I know being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is how He wants me to follow Him.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trusting God's hand in my life, serving others, and continuously becoming more than I was yesterday. Sundays are sacred to me, so I do only things that remind me of Jesus Christ on them. It is on Sundays that I partake the Sacrament (like communion). The Sacrament reminds me of both the blood and body of Jesus Christ. By partaking of it I feel His love and renew covenants I have made to follow Him and love others. I maintain standards given to me by living prophets on how to keep my life clean, how God wants it. I do my best never to allow anything into my mind that would darken, dull, or manipulate my thinking, especially if it's pornographic, bigoted, vulgar, excessively violent or inhibits free exploration of thought and feeling. One significant way I have lived my faith was by serving the Lord on a two year mission to Paraguay. I chose to go and give that small portion of my life to Christ so others could enjoy what I consider as priceless additional truth. One key portion being that God speaks to prophets in our day and reveals modern scripture. All truth is precious. "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." (St. John 8:32)

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Jason
Not required, but inspired. We as members claim the privilege believe, express and live our religion. We support religious freedom for everyone in the world. Because we have been so blessed to have the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ we desire to share our happiness with every human soul. We love to share our beliefs. Faithful young men in the Church (18-25) are called to serve full-time missions as part of covenants they make with God to act in his name. Single Young Women (19-23 generally) and retired seniors, men, women, and married couples may also serve full-time missions if they feel so inspired. Missions are voluntary, missionaries serve wherever the Church calls them, and are not paid for their service. I consider my two years as a missionary as a blessed time in my life and two of the best. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Jason
Baptism by immersion in water by proper authority is essential for salvation. We hold fiercely faithful to the example set by The Savior in the manner and nature of His baptism. When we are baptized in the proper manner, and afterward are confirmed members of The Church of Jesus Christ we make promises with Him. We promise to take His name upon us (do what He would do and be worthy to be called his disciple), keep His commandments, and serve Him to the end. He covenants that we may always have His spirit to be with us (the Holy Ghost). I love the knowledge that because I was baptized following the example of Jesus Christ (by immersion in water through proper authority ), afterward confirmed a member of His church, I have shown my love and faith for Christ and may be called a faithful disciple as I continue to follow him throughout this life. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Jason
Yes, I do. God is our literal Father in Heaven. He loves all his children He has sent to the earth throughout history. To help in guiding us, God has called prophets in ancient times and calls them now in the last days before the Second Coming of His Son. Their purpose has always been to give the word of the gospel and guide God's children, receiving revelation that helps us live our lives in a manner that leads us back to our Heavenly Father. I believe that there is a living prophet today, whom God speaks to and who gives us guidance to better live the gospel of Jesus Christ in a world drowning in sin, nihilism, contempt, and hopelessness. Show more Show less