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Hi I'm Jameson

I'm a college student, I like bow-ties, I'm dedicated to the pursuit of living a deliberate life, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Life was meant to be experienced, not merely survived. Even though I'm in college and live on a fairly tight schedule (and budget), I try to make the most of everyday I have. Sometimes that means going on an adventure, sometimes it means going on a long run in the rain, and other times it may simply mean spending an evening in reading a good book. Whatever I do, I want it to be deliberate. Life is too precious to be merely survived. It's too short to be afraid of making mistakes. John Wooden once said "If you're not making mistakes, then you're not doing anything. I'm positive that a doer makes mistakes". I try to be a doer, which means I've made my fair share of mistakes, but that's ok, because I am such a better person for them. Everyday presents new opportunities to learn new ideas, make new friends, and experience this gorgeous earth that God has given us. I find no greater pleasure than expanding my understanding of the world around me, because the more I learn about people, places, and things, the more I know that there is a God, and that He has a plan for me.

Why I am a Mormon

As it says in my intro, I am in the pursuit of living a deliberate life, which means I try to be aware of the choices I'm making and the consequences they have. As I've also said previously, I've made plenty of mistakes. Mistakes that leave me feeling cold and alone regardless of how much society tries to convince me that it doesn't matter. I know in my heart when I've done wrong and no earthly promise can comfort that. There is a story in the Book of Mormon about a prophet, Alma, who had previously led a life very contrary to the teachings of God, but completely turned his life around through the atonement of Jesus Christ. There is part where he is explaining his conversion to his son, and in those verses he says: "I did cry out unto the Lord Jesus Christ for mercy...I did cry unto him and I did find peace to my soul. And now, my son, I have told you this that ye may learn wisdom, that ye may learn of me that there is no other way or means whereby man can be saved, only in and through Christ." (Alma 38:8-9) I add my witness to Alma's, that even though I continue to make mistakes, the Son of God has a love that fills any hole that my wrong decisions have dug. As I live, constantly learning more of the gospel of redemption through the scriptures as well as the words of living prophets, I can come to know more about God. I know that He knows me personally, and that I can receive the strength I need to stand tall as a disciple of Christ in these times of disbelief and confusion. It's not always easy, but it's easier to live through hard trials with a testimony of God's love than to live an easy life without a clue of who I am, or what I'm doing on this earth. That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

God has given everyone distinct talents and abilities that are to be used for self-edification as well as blessing the lives of others. I believe that by developing the skills that I have I not only make myself more like the Jameson that God sees, but I am better suited to serve my friends, family, and even total strangers. I have always been involved while in college, I simply feel more fulfilled if I'm working on projects and learning how to overcome new challenges that come with student involvement. I am also involved in my local congregation of young adults, planning activities for the young men and women in my neighborhood that build friendships and promote a faith-centered lifestyle. I also find great joy praising the Lord through music. I participate in a choir at the local institute of religion which helps me feel of the love my Savior has for me, and gives me the chance to try and share my testimony through song.