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Hi I'm Jason

I moved to Arizona when I was 13 from Illinois. I am business owner, Realtor, and a Harley rider, a convert. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father and husband and I feel that I have been blessed in my life. Almost 19 years ago I married my high school sweetheart. Truthfully it was due to her influence that I investigated The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Up until that point I had been raised and brought up in the tradition of the Catholic Church. I was extremely active in the Catholic Church. I was an altar boy, regularly participated in church activities, and attended Catholic mass every Sunday. I am extremely grateful for what I learned about the gospel of Jesus Christ as a member of the Catholic Church as it provided a great foundation for learning in my later years. I will forever credit my parents with bringing me up in a home based on the gospel and teachings and Jesus Christ. Because of their influence and the influence of those around me I was truly prepared to hear and accept the gospel of Jesus Christ when it was presented to me. Now almost 22 years since I joined the church I can honestly say that it is the best decision I ever made. Am I your typical mormon? I don't know how to answer that question as I don't think there is a typical mormon and that is what is great about the church. I love all Nascar, Harley Davidson motorcycles, camping, hunting, etc. But I also love movies, music, and the theater. Most of all I love The Lord and His Church.

Why I am a Mormon

I always felt that there was more to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Not more in the sense of better but more in the sense of more complete, more understanding. I wasn't quick to accept an invitation to listen to the missionaries. In fact initially I made it clear that I didn't want anything to do with the mormon church. However, after many months I did accept an invitation to listen to what the missionaries had to say. During the first meeting with the missionaries I can honestly say that I felt the presence of the spirit strongly. I don't think I had ever felt that way before. The missionaries felt that same spirit and invited me to be baptized and join the church. I wasn't quite ready to accept that invitation just yet but it wasn't long after that I was ready The Book of Mormon, in particular the promise given in Moroni Chapter 10 verses 3-5. I took the challenge and I prayed to know if the Book or Mormon was the word of God and my prayer was answered. In fact, my prayer was answered in such a fashion that I have never doubted the response I received to my prayer. It, and the Book of Mormon, have been the cornerstone of my testimony. Fourteen months after I joined the church I decided that I wanted to share with others what I had learned about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and I was called to serve a Spanish speaking mission in South America. For two years I was privileged to share my testimony with others just as the missionaries had done for me. I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the restored church of Jesus Christ. I know that The Book of Mormon is true. I know that Joseph Smith was an instrument in the hands of The Lord and that through him the simple truths of the Gospel have been restored.

How I live my faith

On many Sundays I have the opportunity to teach in the church. Often times I get to teach the principles of the gospel to the faithful members of the church in Sunday School. Once a month I really enjoy teaching the men of the church. We typically get to discuss the teachings of both past and present prophets of the church. During these discussions we often work on applying the teachings to our own lives and own families such that we are actually trying to live what it is that we are learning. I am always humbled by how much I learn from those around me. On a monthly basis I have also been asked to visit 2 or 3 families in the church. One of the families I have visited for a couple of years now just had their first child. It has been so neat to see them grow from just being a newlywed couple to now starting their own family. I am so excited for them and what the future holds for them and their children. The other two families I visit both have young children and it is so fun to be able to visit with them, teach them principles of the gospel and see them learn and live these wonderful truths. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to serve those within the church as well as all my brothers and sisters of my Heavenly Father. All of His children are important to him and it is my privilege to serve others in any way that I can.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

I think it is so awesome that we have a living prophet on the earth today! While the gospel of Jesus Christ does not change the world around us does and because of this the prophet is able to guide us and direct us in relationship to the gospel and modern day challenges that didn't exist during biblical times. For example, modern day prophets have asked us to avoid watching R-rated movies due to the questionable content. This or course is not something you will find in the Bible but it has been revealed by modern day prophets. Show more Show less