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Hi I'm Jason

I believe in evolution, and non-violent revolution. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

About Me

I like to mountain bike, road bike, learn languages, take my kids to interesting places, watch documentaries, read histories, teach kids how to think for themselves and be open minded (especially about U.S. history and ecology), and explore the places and cultures where I live to the fullest extent possible. I hate industry, facebook, corporations, logging, the republican party, housing development, the democratic party, oil drilling, TV, and beef.

Why I am a Mormon

Independent of my Mormonism, I believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God. It just so happens that the “Mormon” view of him makes the most sense spiritually and intellectually. I believe that he is Jehovah of the Old Testament and that he has power on Earth to forgive sins. I believe that he organized a single church and gives only that church authority to do things in his name. I believe that through that authority, Jesus can help us become gods like him. I believe that after all is said and done, it is by his grace and his grace alone that we can become gods. Even though he has only placed his authority in the hands of one single church, that doesn’t mean that church has a monopoly on truth or healthy values. As a result of my political and spiritual beliefs, I often find I have more values in common with Buddhists, Taoists, and even atheists than Mormons. If I did not believe that Mormons had the literal, direct authority from Jesus Christ himself, the creator of the universe, I would not be a Mormon. I know there are some Mormons who don’t really believe in that literal truth, but they just like to associate themselves so much with the Mormon heritage and history that they stick around dealing with their cognitive dissonance in silence. I am not one of those Mormons. Yet, I am also not one of those Mormons who believe everything from church leaders at face value. I have hundreds of doubts about almost every aspect of the church and its history. How could I not? I mean, none of my beliefs are based on empirical evidence. However, I have developed the aforementioned beliefs through so many non-empirical experiences that it is now statistically impossible that they be due to chance. When you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. Mormonism is truth.

How I live my faith

The belief that Jesus is the son of God and that he is aware of me has almost always pervaded my life. I don’t really know what I would be without that belief, so it is hard to say how I live my religion. It probably affects every aspect of my day, from my personality to the decisions I make. I can’t really disaggregate my religion from the other aspects of my life because it is everything. Ironically though, if you ran into me on the street, you probably wouldn’t notice that I’m a religious person. I mean, I’m not very Christ like, especially compared to all the good people of other religions, or of no religion, that surround me.