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Hi I'm Jason

I'm a Scouter, husband, father, brother, son, aviation enthusiat, paintballer and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in South Texas near a naval base which gave a great back drop to enduring the "joys" of the world. After high school, I attended the US Air Force Academy for a year and a half when I decided to come home to help my family after a vehicle accident over Christmas break. I later served my mission in Brasil Manuas Mission (covered the Brasilian states of Amazonas, Rondonia, Roraima and Acre; lots of space). Upon my return I attended BYU for about a year where I met my wife. We met, were engaged three weeks later and then, three months after that, married in the Orlando Florida Temple. I finished up school at Utah Valley State College with intention to commission into the Air Force. Plans changed and dreams of a military commission were set aside. My family later moved to the mid-West where we have raised our children and my community involvement has only increased. I continue to be heavily involved in the Boy Scouts of America as a Unit, District and Council level volunteer. I help lead the local chapter of my paintball team in various events that include community volunteering (we may love to play paintball, but we are all also part of a community). When I am actually at home, I enjoy hearing the stories my kids share about each other and the various activities they do at home. Since they are home-schooled, they have many stories about what they personally learned and it makes me excited to see their excitement about learning for their own future.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Some would say that I had an easy life in the church because I grew up in it. That I don't understand what a convert goes through to gain their testimony. To that I would say, "Then you really don't know what conversion is." I grew up in the church, but my testimony was based off my parents and most of my friends didn't believe that I was a Mormon. I had a testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith, the Book of Mormon, the Atonement of Jesus Christ and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. But, it was my parents' testimony. Not mine. I left on my mission thinking that testimony was my own only to discover that I was regurgitating their words. They weren't mine. I had to find my own testimony. During a study session of the Book of Mormon, the words that Christ spoke in Jerusalem and in the Americas struck me harder than they had ever before: "That other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd." No matter how distant from our Savior and Heavenly Father we may be, he will go as far as necessary to gather us together to Him. His love is that limitless that He, our eldest spirit brother would suffer the Atonement so that he can gather us together with him in our Heavenly Father's presence. That love is what was spoken of to me once (and I didn't understand it at the time) and it was that love that solidified my testimony of the Savior, his living prophets and the work he gives them in order to guide us back to him.

How I live my faith

I have been active in Boy Scouts since the age of 8 (except for the years that I was at the Air Force Academy and serving my mission in Brasil). Since I have been married, I have been constantly involved in Scouting on various levels. Service projects for my scouts are monthly with additional projects done through my paintball team. When I am not serving, my example is before all my friends. Being on an international paintball team can be a challenge as you meet players from all over the world. Each has their own idea of how to live life. But that doesn't mean that I reduce my standards to theirs. Instead, I keep mine without being forceful about my standards and still manage find a large group of people to hang out with. We share common interests and before long they are seeing the difference in me without me saying anything. This was something that I learned to do while serving as a missionary. I learned early in my life as a young boy that others will see the Light of Christ in you if you strive to live the life that Christ lived. If you want others to share in the blessings of the life you live by following Christ with everything you got, then put in 100% and let the Light of Christ do the rest. As a missionary, that was truly what made me love the country within a matter of months. It's what gives me the ability now to be who I am despite the company around me that may not be the ideal. It's what gives me the strength to push on despite the challenges. So when I go visit families, friends or even start chatting with a stranger in the store, I can feel genuine joy that I want to share. Joy that can't be hidden, but radiates out for everyone to see. It's just there.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Jason
For the most part, you may not realize that you have a Mormon living next to you except for the regular Sunday departures in nice clothes for a few hours, perhaps the occasional appearance of LDS missionaries as they are fed in the members' homes and the abstinence from other common indulgences such as drinking, swearing, smoking and certain kinds of conversations. Most people recognize there is something different about me. But it is not until they start asking questions that they start to realize that Mormons are just like everyone else (for the most part). There is nothing weird about them. But they do strive to live meaningful lives with God as a integral part of it. Mormons will still do most of the activities that are available in their communities: 5k or 13.1-mi runs, sports leagues (within reason), rock climbing, etc. We enjoy being a part of our community and participating in it. Show more Show less