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Hi I'm Jason

Raised in California, now live on the East Coast. I love history and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Latter-day Saint Christian. Husband and father. Public affairs officer and editor by trade. Bibliophile. Map collector. Avid interest in history and comparative religion. Greek Orthodox father. Latter-day Saint mother (raised Presbyterian, converted as a young adult). Great-grandfather was a Greek Orthodox priest in Lavka, Corinth Prefecture, Greece. Raised in a predominantly Jewish neighborhood in California. Muslim roommates in college. Studied in Jerusalem and the Middle East. Close friends from Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, as well as Eastern faiths. Deep respect for the faiths and religious traditions of others. I believe strongly that we have a responsibility to learn and understand a faith from the point of view of its adherents.

Why I am a Mormon

At sixteen, faced with questions about life and mortality, and ever interested in the variety of religious expression, I decided to research a number of faiths. I discovered only one that claimed an independent method of determining its truth. I decided to experiment on that method, reading the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, and asking God if it were truly what it claimed to be — a companion to the Bible, and an independent witness that Jesus is the Christ and Savior of mankind — and that His Church and Kingdom had been restored to the Earth as claimed by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I figured three outcomes were possible in response: 1) I would receive no answer, 2) the answer would be “No,” or 3) the answer would be “Yes.” Both the first and second outcomes would indicate that the book was not true, in which case I was prepared to discard it. Only the third outcome, “Yes,” would verify that the Book of Mormon and all its associated claims were true. Although I could not have predicted the manner in which God answered my questions, He left no doubt that the book was what it claimed to be, that Jesus Christ is my personal Savior and the only means by which we may return to God, and that the gospel of Christ, many parts of which had been lost over time, has been restored. Until this experience with the Holy Spirit, I had no independent witness of what was true. Since that experience, I cannot deny what I know is true.

How I live my faith

I rely on my Savior, Jesus Christ, and His Atonement, the sacrifice by which He took upon Him the sins and sufferings of all mankind in order to lead us back to God. He has never let me down, nor left me alone. He asks that I lead a life dedicated to Him and His gospel, which I try to do, rather inadequately, knowing that He understands and loves me. I know that he accepts me as I trust in Him, seek His will, and make corrections along the way. “And after they had been received unto baptism, and were wrought upon and cleansed by the power of the Holy Ghost, they were numbered among the people of the church of Christ; and their names were taken, that they might be remembered and nourished by the good word of God, to keep them in the right way, to keep them continually watchful unto prayer, relying alone upon the merits of Christ, who was the author and the finisher of their faith” (Moroni 6:4). “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:” (1 Peter 3:15).