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Hi I'm Jason

I have a pet turtle named Roger; I love biking, soccer, and volleyball; and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hey! I'm a teenager attending high school in Indiana. I am kind of obsessed with turtles and I have a pet yellow-bellied slider named Roger. I think it's the perfect name for a turtle. Ever since I rode my bike 105 miles to the Louisville Temple with guys from church, I also love biking. Even when I'm tired, it's still a lot of fun. I play soccer in a parks and rec league because I'm not serious enough to play on my high school team, and it's a blast. I also love playing volleyball. I used to be in band, playing the French horn in concert band and the mellophone in marching band. I like to mess around with computers every once in a while. Overall I'm fairly laid back and quiet, but I have my crazy moments! I recently received my call to serve a mission for the LDS church in Los Angeles, California speaking Spanish. I am so excited to serve!

Why I am a Mormon

Well, to be honest, I probably wouldn't be a member of the church if I hadn't been born into it. When I was younger, I attended church simply because my parents wanted me too. However, that's no longer the case. Although my parents got me interested, I am now glad to be a Mormon, and I enjoy attending my church activities without any pressure from my parents. I think this transformation occurred as I was growing up, probably between the ages of 8 and 12. I began reading the Book of Mormon on my own and became more interested in the things I learned every Sunday at church. As time passed, my testimony grew. I now know that Joseph Smith is a true prophet of God who restored the very same church which Christ established while he lived on earth, and I know that the Book of Mormon is true. Though it still has lots of room to grow, my testimony is enough to keep me living the teachings of the church, and I try to strengthen it throughout my daily life.

How I live my faith

I've been told that Mormonism is more of a lifestyle than many other faiths, and I have to agree. Being a Mormon is a way of living that differs from the way most of the world lives. Unlike many people my age, I don't swear, I don't watch rated R movies, and I don't think it's "cool" to go get drunk on Friday nights. At school, I try to set a good example to my friends of what being a Mormon means. Every day before school, I attend a class called Seminary with the other high school-aged youth. Seminary is sort of like an early morning Bible study. Also, once a week the youth have meetings with the other teenagers. All of the guys are involved in Boy Scouts through church, so sometimes we do Scout activities. Sometimes we just play games and have a good time. I love going to church every Sunday and attending my other activities. I get to see all of my friends from church, who are actually some of my closest friends, and it helps to strengthen me spiritually. My religion is embedded in my life, and I love it.