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Hi I'm Jason

I grew up in Washington state. I'm learning Tagalog to teach people in the Philippines about Jesus Christ. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Jason. I am 18 years old, I've lived in West Richland, Washington for pretty much my entire life. I love good music. When I was about eleven years old, I decided that I wanted to learn how to play the drums even though my mom wanted me to learn trumpet. So I've been playing percussion ever since. I love it to pieces; percussion is a part of who I am. I remember stepping off of the field after my first performance in marching band and feeling the energy of the crowd, and at that moment I understood that music is something bigger than just something that I do. Music and performance is a service to others, and I love that. The day after I graduated from high school, my friend hooked me up with a full-time job washing cars, and I've been doing that to save money for college and for serving a church mission. I call it my miracle job. One day I hope to become a doctor and work here in my hometown so I can provide for my future spouse and children. I am so excited for what the future has in store.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family that attended church every Sunday and that lived the gospel. I always felt like this church was true, but I had never really learned it for myself. After many years of relying on others for my faith, I decided that it was time to learn for myself if I really believed everything that I had been hearing for my entire life. I got down on my knees and prayed to God. I learned how to repent of my sins and become clean through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. I began to study the scriptures every day. Sometimes I would study for hours and hours without noticing that time had even gone by. That had never happened to me before. I had never felt like I was learning when I was studying the scriptures, but I started to feel something whenever I would open the scriptures. I feel that through study of the scriptures I have attained a special witness that God knows me personally, and I believe that I have received instruction through the Holy Ghost as often as I have taken time to study the word of God. In the Book of Mormon, the prophet Jacob says this: "Wherefore, we search the prophets, and we have many revelations and the spirit of prophecy; and having all these witnesses we obtain a hope, and our faith becometh unshaken, insomuch that we truly can command in the name of Jesus and the very trees obey us, or the mountains, or the waves of the sea." I know that the words of Jacob are true because I have searched the scriptures and the words of the prophets often, and as often as I have done this I have received witnesses that Jesus Christ did come to the earth and atone for the sins of all mankind. I have received witnesses through the Holy Ghost that all who come unto Christ will be redeemed and will be able to live with God again in the life to come. I choose to be a Mormon because I have seen the hand of God in my life as I've followed the teachings of the church leaders. I know that the words of the leaders of this church are the words of Christ.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by participating in church each Sunday, studying the word of God each day, and praying often each day to come closer in my thoughts, words and deeds to God. I participate in church by serving as a ward missionary. My assignment is to teach the members of our church in our area how to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with their friends and neighbors so that all can be invited to come unto Christ and know Him personally. Before I graduate from high school I served as the seminary youth president. In that assignment I worked alongside the seminary teacher and five other youth on a council in order to help the youth to get the most out of seminary. We visited other members of our school to help them to understand that God loves them and watches over them, and that He desires each of us to seek answers to our questions by studying the scriptures and by praying and following spiritual promptings. That assignment to serve as the seminary president was a big responsibility, and such an honor. It taught me a lot about what it means to be a leader and a Christlike person. Sometimes leadership is behind the scenes, and a good leader leads individuals by example and through service. Outside of church assignments and callings, I strive to treat others the way that Christ would desire me to treat them. I desire to treat all people with love and kindness, and to live in a way that will allow others to better know Christ by knowing me. Right now I am preparing to serve as a full-time missionary in the Philippines. I will be speaking Tagalog, and I've been using the scriptures to help me to learn the language so that I can be a more effective teacher when I get to the Philippines.

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Jason
We believe that this life on Earth is a step in the process of becoming more like our Father in Heaven (God). Eternal life, the way I understand it, is living with Heavenly Father forever and progressing eternally until we become perfected. There is no greater joy to be found in the universe than that of the full blessings of eternal life with our Father in Heaven, Jesus Christ, and our family members. Show more Show less