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Hi I'm Jason

Music lover. Soccer supporter. Faithful Scientist. Mormon.

About Me

I love the creative works of David Lynch (film, music, photography, art, design), the writings of Halldór Laxness, the expressions of Robyn Hitchcock, and the music of so many. Drums and basslines move me; harmonies soothe me; my guitar is my friend. My sports passion is soccer with full support behind the Seattle Sounders football club; baseball connects with my soul; basketball feeds my senses. Iceland is my escape; Seattle is my home. I miss the way California was. I lean left politically and find it meshes excitingly with my spiritual beliefs. I am a marine scientist, doing detective work on fish populations to understand how we collectively can become proper stewards of our marine environment. I believe that the theory of evolution and faithful service to a loving God brings about a deep wonder and understanding of this world. I enjoy being outside and inside, but not too much of both.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized into the LDS Church just before my 20th birthday. Before my baptism, I considered myself spiritual with a tentative understanding of who Jesus Christ was, but with no desire or need to be part of an organized religion. After a serendipitous meeting with missionaries, my open and unbiased consideration of the LDS Church and prayerful studying of its doctrines gave me the courage to be baptized. My commitment as a member of the Church has grown as I have seen the doctrine and teachings bear wonderful fruits. I am a Mormon because I love to ask questions and learn. I believe God interacts with me, answers questions through prayer and meditation, and allows me to grow towards an incredible potential. My faith teaches I have personal value, something I sometimes struggle with, but believe is true. But I am no more special than anyone else, which is a beautiful conclusion. I am a Mormon because I need to improve who I am and what I can be to others, an inspiring challenge. I am a Mormon because I believe the doctrine. That we are all connected. That our foremost expression to one another should be love, not judgement. That Jesus Christ gave us the perfect example. That prophets did and still do speak of Him. I am a Mormon because I am happier by living the commandments of God. I have never felt constrained in my action, only guided to do what is right. And by choosing to do what is right, however inconvenient at times, my ultimate joy increases.

How I live my faith

My faith expects me to seek God and to know Him. I live my faith by being active in my religion: attending Church meetings, renewing the promises I make with God so I remember them, keeping the promises I make to God, communicating to God through prayer, expressing gratitude to God by serving others, and studying the Word of God and the deeds of His servants.