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Hi I'm Jason

I love racing & adrenaline sports, but also find serenity in the woods. I like to invent, improve & modify things. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife thought I was funny when we were dating. Now she just rolls her eyes and says I think I'm funny. I used to think I was indestructible. It only took 16 broken bones and a few crashed vehicles to make me see otherwise. I enjoy pondering the intricacies of God's creations, and spending time in quiet reflection. I run 6 days a week, and often meditate on life's conundrums during this time in the morning. Doctors in San Diego told me I'd never run again after a motocross accident at age 14. With persistence, I began running at age 25 and finally ran a sub-three hour marathon. Now I enjoy shorter distance triathlons. I'm a father of 3 girls and 2 boys, and a husband to Heather, a woman who vowed never to cut her long beautiful blond hair. She whacked it off when our first child tugged on it. As a family we love cycling & running, and we enjoy water activities like kayaking, wakeboarding, & waterskiing. One day you'll find me listening to classical music & reading books like Instance of a Fingerpost, and the next you'll find me listening to teenagers' tunes. One reason I exercise is because I love to eat. Mind you, I'm a bit of a health freak, according to my kids, but come on! They think magically delicious marshmallow cereal is nutritious. I have blue eyes from my Irish ancestors, but I'm also part Choctaw & part Oglala Sioux. Maybe this explains why I feel drawn to nature and the needs of people. I would pull you from a burning car or give you my coat.

Why I am a Mormon

When you find something that changes your entire direction in life, you have to be honest with yourself and stick with it. I admire people who believe things naturally without questioning how or why, but unfortunately, I have to find things out for myself. Even though my parents taught me about Jesus Christ and how he appeared to Joseph Smith, I decided I wasn't going to take their word for it. I had to find out for myself. Just out of High School, I was looking for answers and I asked God to show me or allow me to feel the truth. For some, all they have to do is pray, and God answers immediately. Not so with me. He likes to test my faith to make sure I want something badly enough to ask with all the energy of my soul. After three days of praying harder than I had in my entire life, I finally received my answer from God. It is difficult to describe how the Holy Ghost communicates, but I will always remember the warmth and joy I felt in my heart while pure images poured into my mind showing me the things I wanted to know. I walked away unable to utter a word for three hours. I had to write notes in order to communicate. The power of the experience had left me literally speechless and emotionally tender. In the moments of this spiritual experience, I knew - absolutely knew - that Jesus Christ suffered for our sins, and that he lives and still guides us through the light of Christ. I also gained a glimpse of the experience Joseph Smith described when he saw God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ descending in a pillar of light. Once I knew the truth, it made all the difference. Am I saying that this experience made me so i never make mistakes? Hardly! But, now, whenever I make a mistake I know where to turn to fix it. Christ has all the answers and all the healing power for our souls, and He is eager to give freely to anyone who seeks Him.

How I live my faith

I love working with youth. You'll often find me coaching cross-country running, or soccer, or basketball. My wife often rolls her eyes because I'm worse than the kids when it comes to horsing around. I enjoy working with Boy Scouts as well, doing things like building whitewater kayaks, rock-climbing, and other high adventure activities. I also enjoy working with the aging population. I'm fascinated by studies of the brain. I love learning and helping others. As such, I have become an instructor and support group facilitator for Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's, and Lewy Body Dementia. Somehow, I ended up being Chairman of the Board for a local senior center, and President of a non-profit association that serves the elderly. Really, I'm not presidential material, but I am willing to help when called upon, so until a real president comes along, I'll muddle along. So far, it has been a lot of fun to be creative and mix things up a bit. We are doing some unique fundraisers and programs to help others. I am fortunate to work for a company that allows me to spend time assisting certain non-profit organizations, which is in line with how I feel a person should practice religion. Some people can separate work from life in general. I feel that true, lasting success in business comes only through integrating Christ-centered principals into everything you do.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Jason
Every Mormon I know loves helping anyone in need. Most of the time it takes longer to truly make a lasting difference in someone's life than to give a temporary helping hand, but whenever possible, we try to do just that. For example, instead of giving a handout to a guy on a street corner, I was able to provide a job and a place to stay. I haven't always had the means of providing jobs and housing, but the secret is to do what you can to make a difference. A great experience we recently had where we helped some people in need prepare for winter can be seen at www.facebook.com/HelpingHandsDayOfService Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Jason
Mormon women are revered and respected within the church. Mormons understand that women and men both play an integral part in raising and nurturing children. Women have inherent strengths that allow them to do things that men may not fully understand, and men have inherent strengths that allow them to fulfill their role as fathers and husbands. Women and men in the Mormon church are considered to be equal partners with different roles. There are more leadership opportunities for women in the Mormon religion than in almost any other religion. That is because it is understood that women are very effective in serving others, nurturing and teaching others, and in safeguarding the future success of humanity through their talents, gifts, and abilities. Just because men and women are different, does not mean one gender is better than the other (as many people vainly attempt to prove). Differences are celebrated in the Mormon religion, and when women and men become "one" through marriage, differences from two people in love are combined to make a better whole. Show more Show less