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Hi I'm Jason

I am a father of three girls. I am a doctor and a violinist. I teach early morning seminary. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My life has gone through phases. In my youth I was a violinist and avid reader. I continued playing the violin through high school and obtained a music scholarship in college. Playing the violin also helped me make money while going to medical school. My favorite "jobs" were playing the violin in a crowded public square for donations and playing for ballet and opera orchestras. After marrying and starting a family, my role has shifted from being a musician and student to being a husband, father, and trying to be an effective physician. A typical day for me starts at 3:30 AM when I start preparing an Old Testament lesson for the high school students who come to church for the early morning seminary program which starts at 5:45 AM each day. After seminary I go to work as a doctor at the local Air Force base, helping active duty and retired members of the armed forces and their families with their health problems. I come home to spend time with my wife and two daughters who are two years old and one year old. We are excited for our third daughter to be born in a couple weeks.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I grew up in a home where my parents read the scriptures to their five kids and taught us to pray. They brought us to church every week. I saw them spend time during the week serving other church members in different ways, and saw other church members serve our family. The teachings and practice of my parent's faith was the foundation for my early life, and I have always felt deeply that those principles were true. That deep feeling led me to serve a two-year mission for this church at the age of 19, which remains one of the greatest experiences of my life. For the first time I was dedicating my own life voluntarily to principles which until then I had taken for granted as truth. The 15 years since that mission have strengthened my dedication to Jesus Christ and his church. When my choices have not matched my beliefs I notice a loss of inner peace, confidence, and hope. My happiness comes from following the teachings of Jesus Christ and being an active member of the church He has restored in modern times. I believe that we are on this earth to refine ourself and learn to have true, lasting joy. I am a Mormon because it makes me a better person, a better husband and father, and most of all it makes me happy.

How I live my faith

I am grateful that Christ's church is run by its members who seek inspiration from God. The leaders of each congregation and those they call to help out all make a living outside the church and volunteer their time and talents to help build God's kingdom on earth. The church provides an organized structure within which i can actively live my faith and serve others. I have been able to serve in different ways. I have taught the gospel to different age groups, from 5 year-olds to adults. I have helped in administrative tasks, like arranging the appointment schedule for the bishop, or as a clerk helping to collect tithes and offerings. Every member has the opportunity to visit assigned families on a monthly basis with friendship and a spiritual message. Currently my calling in the church is as a seminary teacher. Every morning I get to study the Old Testament with ten sophomores in high school who wake up early to have a spiritual start to their day and increase their knowledge of the scriptures. My faith affects every important decision I make. It especially influences my relationships, changing the way I treat and interact with my family, my friends, and my patients. As I follow the teachings of Jesus Christ, my relationships with those around me are enriched and strengthened.