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Hi I'm Jason

I like to learn, be outdoors, and talk. I work in a lab. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Currently I am in college studying chemical engineering. My studies are difficult, but I really like them and feel good working hard to learn. The more I learn about science, the more I come to appreciate the miracle of the physical world around me. I am the youngest member of my family and enjoy positive relationships with my family members. The more we talk and listen to each other the more I come to love and respect them. For two years I lived in Uruguay and taught people about Jesus Christ. As I learned Spanish and served the people there, my eyes were opened to different perspectives and lifestyles which helped me understand myself and the world better. I like to hike, run, swim, and mountain bike. Chatting and tossing around a Frisbee is one of my favorite pastimes. I appreciate art and like to discuss its visual interpretations, even though I personally am not very artistic. I love to sing.

Why I am a Mormon

Since I was young, I had been taught by my parents in my faith, but there came a time when I had to decide for myself what I believed and what direction I wanted to take. As my parents taught me the about Jesus Christ and his role in our lives I think that always just felt natural to believe that I made mistakes and needed a savior. As we read the scriptures and learned about Christ, the prophets, and God's plan for me personally, I felt peace. I didn't really notice how much peace until I got older and entered middle and high school. As I talked with friends around me I realized that they hadn't really learned about God. They seemed unsure about the future and at times very unhappy. I realized that it was my belief in God that gave me hope. Understanding God's plan helped me realize that I could be happy and do good in this life. Furthermore, if I chose the right I could live with God and my family forever in the life that comes after this. Even though I believed what I was taught, I needed to know if it were true. I needed to know if I could really hope in those things. It took time and effort in reading the scriptures, praying and going to church; however, as I did these things I felt peace and began to be convinced in my heart and mind that God loved me. I remember one experience when I was invited to pray and ask God specifically if the Book of Mormon were true. Essentially, the Book of Mormon is proof whether or not the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. I was young, but as I really focused on asking God for an answer I felt a great sense of peace and happiness. I knew God heard me. He helped me feel the Book of Mormon is true and, from this, I realized that the power to follow the example of Jesus Christ and be baptized had been restored through Joseph Smith. I remain a member of the church because as I have served, my commitment to God and my conviction to the truth have deepened. Keeping the promises I've made to God make me happy.

How I live my faith

At church I help organize the weekly Sunday school lessons which help members to understand how to apply the teachings of Jesus Christ better in our lives. I also am assigned to visit at least monthly a few church members in my area and make sure that they are ok physically, emotionally and spiritually. I work hard to be their friend and help them feel that I really do care about their well being. Some times it's not easy to make the time to see everyone often, but I'm humbled to do my best when I think about how Christ served. I love the opportunities I have to do extra service projects. Recently I helped organize donations for the poor housed at Welfare Square in Salt Lake. Other common activities I participated in this year included tutoring elementary students in reading and math and singing to the elderly for a few hours every couple of weeks. Experiences like these have really helped me learn how to listen to others and understand their perspectives. As I served, I understood better the love that God has for them and desired to help them more.