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Hi I'm Jason

I like to camp, hike and travel. I've been to 13 different countries. I work for Boy Scouts. I'm a Christian. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Hannibal, Missouri and went to college at Truman State University. I did graduate work in Switzerland and Zimbabwe, and graduated with a masters from the University of Denver. I volunteer and work for and with the Boy Scouts. I help to advise the youth of local LDS congregation. I enjoy taking teens on trips as well as travelling with my family. Weekends usually find me working in my yard, when I'm not camping or travelling. I like to read, especially ancient and medieval history. As a family, we've moved a lot, including Missouri, Switzerland, Colorado and two places in Iowa. I love all sports, but especially St. Louis Cardinals baseball and University of Denver Pioneer hockey.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the faith, but have also taken my own journey of faith. I'm Mormon because in a world of vice, Mormonism offers a life of freedom of societal ill. I'm Mormon because in an era where so many lack direction, Mormonism offers a path to happiness, for myself, for my family, for this life and after. But most of all, I'm Mormon because I have prayed and asked God if it is true. And like millions before me, my prayer was answered. Not with a flashy answer, but through the same ways that God has talked to people through the ages--quietly, thoughtfully, inwardly. Mormons provides a strong base and a constant direction. I know who I am--a child a God. I know why I am here--to learn, to live life. I know where I am going--to live with God again, with my family. Life is no more difficult than this. God gave us Jesus to help us be able to return to him. Each of us will make mistakes, but God is perfect. Just like we need to wipe our feet off of mud before entering someone's home, we need to be clean before we can return to live with God. Following the teachings of Jesus is the path that we need to follow to be clean to enter in to His house.

How I live my faith

I am proud to be Christian. For several years, I have been fortunate to serve in the LDS church as an assistant to the head of our congregation (a "bishop"). I also spend a great deal of time with the teens of our church. All of our positions are non-paid, volunteer. Yet no one would change anything that we do. We serve because we want to; we serve because we want to help everyone return to live with God. Outside of church and family, I spend a lot of time in my kids' schools, volunteering in classrooms, trips, band, choir and other activities. I do these things because people are always needed--to show everyone that they are cared for, that they are important. I have been blessed with talents and skills that I can--and should--share with those around me. That's how I life my faith. As James taught, I will show my faith by my works.