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Hi I'm Jason

I'm a husband, a father, a scientist and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a lucky man. I have a wonderful family, a career that I love and a Savior who loves me. That is not to say that my life doesn't have its rough patches, but I certainly have to count my blessings. I have four kids and a loving wife. We love to have fun and spend time together. For my career, I am a molecular cell biologist studying the inner working of the human cell. My focus is on how DNA is replicated and repaired if it gets damaged. These studies will improve our understanding of how the disruption of normal cellular function lead to human disease and may lead to improvements in treatment and diagnosis. It is a challenging, exciting and fulfilling career. I also love to read and cook. Since I have a long commute, I listen to audiobooks and podcasts on the way to and from work and also when I can at work. I particularly like sci-fiction/fantasy and history books. On the cooking side, I like to experiment. (What can I say I'm a scientist.) I usually find several recipes for a dish and then concoct my own recipe. I particularly like to BBQ and grill.

Why I am a Mormon

One of the main purposes of life is to have joy. I try to find ways to bring joy into my life on a daily basis. I have found that the gospel of Jesus Christ is the main source of joy in my life. It gives me purpose and meaning in my life and a way to return to live with God, my Heavenly Father. It also provides me a way to cleanse my soul when I make mistakes. As a teenager I struggled to have that joy and to even love or like myself, even though I grew up as a Mormon with loving and caring parents that taught me the gospel of Jesus Christ. I did not fully understand my identity or why I was here. I made some bad decisions, which increased my unhappiness. I found that other Mormons around me were full of joy and an inner peace that I wanted to have. I decided to earnestly to pray to know if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was God's church. I received a spiritual confirmation that it was and that I would find happiness if I followed it's teachings. I knew from that experience how I could have joy. Some may disagree with what I believe and the teachings I follow. All I can say to that is, being a Mormon and following Jesus Christ has made me a better person, a better husband and father and given me true joy and peace in my life.

How I live my faith

I strive to live my life as God would have me. I seek to love him "... with all [my] heart, and with all [my] soul and with all [my] mind" and "... to love [my] neighbor as [myself]" (Matthew 22:37-38). As a member of his church, I devote a portion of my time and efforts to help progress his work through service. I have had many teaching assignments, where I have taught both children and adults. Currently, I serve as an secretary for our Bishop, the local leader of our congregation, who volunteers his time to serve in this capacity. I help lighten his load by creating agendas for meetings, setting up appointments, and following up on assignments. I also take advantage of opportunities to serve those in my congregation and members of the community. Service is a great gift that helps me focus on other and pushes me to become more selfless instead of selfish. At home, I try to study the scriptures both with my family and personally on a daily basis to feed my soul and follow the words of the Jesus Christ, as taught from his own mouth and through his prophets both ancient and modern. Prayer is also a daily part of our family life and serves to establish a relationship with God our Father. Finally, going to church to worship on a weekly basis