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Hi I'm Jackson

I was a college cross country runner. I'm an Eagle Scout. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Jackson Oliver. I enjoy running and other athletics, music, and going on adventures in the outdoors. I grew up in a small town in Western Washington with three brothers and a sister (I am the middle child). We have been able to travel to many different places throughout my life, and I have now visited nine countries around the world. I was a student at BYU-Hawaii, and ran on the school's cross country team. I developed a great love for the island and the students, many of whom were from countries spread out across the Pacific, Asia, and South America. I am now serving as a full-time missionary for the LDS church, assigned to labor in the Italy Rome mission.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I was born into the Church, my testimony or conviction of the truth of the things I was being taught came gradually. I had many friends not of my faith who I spent a lot of time with, and I failed to feel the importance of living the way the Church has outlined through my high school years. I continue to go to church, and it wasn't until the end of my senior year that I fully embraced the fact that I needed to change. I knew there was more that I could do to find out if these things were in fact true. After reading the scriptures, attending church, and praying earnestly from then on, I felt so strongly that this was right; that God is my Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, is my Savior. It was an accumulation of these feelings that made me want to continue down this path I had somewhat casually walked growing up. I know now that coming before our Heavenly Father with real intent and penitence builds our relationship with Him, and that following the words of His Son and His chosen servants will lead us back to Him.

How I live my faith

Through my years as a member of this church, I've learned so much from the members in my local congregations, as well as the presiding leadership of the Church as they've spoken to us. Through the Scouting program and my different responsibilities in my ward(s), I've been able to provide service for the members and other people in our community. As I served in various callings in my student ward at BYU-Hawaii, I became very close with the members and have developed strong relationships with many. I have experienced a fulness of joy as I've served in the Church.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Jackson
Mormons are not required to serve a mission; it is still a very personal decision. The reason why the Church calls missionaries is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to as many people throughout the world as possible, just as Christ directed His disciples to do. Having a father and two older siblings serve missions, I knew my whole life that that was what I would be expected to do. However, the reason I am serving a mission now is because I have felt the Holy Ghost confirming to me that Jesus Christ is my actual Savior and Redeemer, and that God the Father lives and continues to guide us through His ordained living prophet. Missionary service is all voluntary, and I'm proud to be a part of it. Show more Show less