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Hi I'm Jason

I was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. I love to play, sing, and compose music. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi, I'm Jason. I'm 18 and about to graduate high school and go on a mission to teach the gospel in Japan! I could not be more excited for this next chapter in my life. I love music and acting a lot. In high school I am the choir co-president, drama treasurer, and a member of an all-male a cappella group. I've been in many musicals and straight plays, and enjoy the community it creates and the great people I meet. I've played piano for about 10 years, and have sung for about 4. I love composing music and have had several opportunities to compose for plays we've done, as well as just for fun. I've taken 4 years of Japanese in high school, so I'm very blessed that I've been called to Japan so I can use this knowledge. I'm also a member of our school's chapter's of the Japanese National Honor Society and the National Honor Society. I love these service and academic focused groups. After I return from my mission I've been accepted into BYU Provo, and plan to attend school there. Currently, I am interested in the field of mechanical engineering, however this is still subject to change.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a loving family, with 4 older siblings and a kind mother and father. I was raised in the church, learning about the church and Jesus Christ since birth. When I was about 12-13, I decided I should find out if I really believed everything I had learned in church and at home with my family. I remember the first time I felt the spirit strongly in my heart- it was at a morning meeting for the youth of the church. From this point on, I had multiple experience like that one and my testimony continued to grow. As I entered high school, I really began to see the difference the gospel makes in our lives. I saw good friends make mistakes that I knew would lead to unhappiness, and they all did. Non-member friends told me of many regrets they had that I realized I was protected from because of the gospel. I made mistakes that I should've avoided by following Christ and his example. In seminary (a scripture study class taken in high school by Mormons), I studied the scriptures in depth and gained a testimony of their power. As I listened to our prophets and other leaders of our church, I felt the same feeling of the spirit that I felt when I was 12. I know this to be the spirit, and it confirmed to me that these men and women were called of God to lead His church. This is why I choose to be Mormon.

How I live my faith

I am very active in my ward. One of my callings is to play the piano for our ward choir. We rehearse right after church and I help them learn parts and play the accompaniment. This can sometimes be very challenging for me, as I'm still unexperienced as an accompanist and not the greatest sight reader. However this calling has given me the opportunity to continue my piano skills and help me practice and get better. Sometimes it's hard to balance everything that's happening in my life, but I'm still very grateful for this opportunity to grow and stretch myself. I also am the leader of the male youth group age 16-18 (1st assistant of the Priest Quorum), and start our meetings, assign tasks, and help plan all of our activities. I work with the other leaders to make sure everything runs smoothly and everyone who needs help receives it. I am now a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints! I am serving in the Japan Tokyo South mission. I am currently learning Japanese at the MTC.