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Hi I'm Jason

I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I'm a happy man living with my lovely wife and 4 precious little ones in God's country (Montana's Bitterroot Valley). Having grown up in noisy California, a financial downturn with my job led us to our preferred living destination a little earlier than we planned, in beautiful Montana. While still struggling financially, it's easy to say we're the wealthiest of families on earth centered in and devoted to the living gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a typical 19 year old, I was working at a formal wear shop. One day, someone started working there who was very friendly and kind. In our first conversation, I discovered that he had served a "mission" for his church in Madrid Spain. Feeling the joy, excitement, and love he had for the people he served quickly inspired me to want to do a "mission." I then learned I had to actually belong to his church in order to do such a thing. I eventually found the local missionaries and immediately recognized that their message was the real deal. I learned to find out for myself if what they were saying was true...a unique concept not shared anywhere else in my experience. It was and is true.

How I live my faith

My faith dictates...everything! I can only imagine what life would be like for me if I didn't find my way nearly twenty years ago when at 19, I found out I was supposed to be a Mormon! My faith and belief structure now gives me the proper perspective to handle all that comes my way..especially the hard stuff. In my current church assignment I am learning even more about Christ-like service as I prayerfully attend to my brethren throughout the area. My capacity to love others has increased regularly as the years have come and this only builds my relationship with my Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Jason
The Mormon who "bears" their "testimony" is somewhat like a witness in a courtroom giving an account of the truths they know or witnessed. For Mormons, we often feel inspired to testify of truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ when discussing religious principles. Whether it be in a public online forum, in a work place break room, on the phone with a friend, or in the family room with our children, I find the "bearing of my testimony" a common thing. It's not hard to do when you have received that lasting and unquestionable confirmation from the Holy Ghost...something you can never deny or doubt again. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Jason
Having been a Mormon missionary in Brazil long ago I can assume that the missionaries that come to your home will simply be there because they love you. Because they love you and love the message they bring, they will have a hard time not sharing everything at once with you! The missionaries will need to start with the basic principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ and then let you ponder that message and ultimately pray about it so YOU can find out for YOURSELF if it's true or not. What could be simpler? This respectful and loving approach is a big reason they have success and make so many lasting, lifelong friends...well that and having a true message about Jesus Christ helps too! Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Jason
The way I came to know that the gospel of Jesus Christ (as taught in the "Mormon" church) is true was through the application of a very simple promise. The promise as given us by the Prophet Moroni in the back of the Book of Mormon is to "read, ponder, and then pray" about it to know if it's true or not. The promise is that if you do ultimately pray to know if it's true or not, you WILL be answered by the power of the Holy Ghost..."and by the power of the Holy Ghost, ye may know the truth of all things." It's not rocket science, it's a simple promise that ANYONE, anywhere, anytime...can put to the test. Come to church with us, learn with us, then on your own, take the time to ponder and pray about what we believe and I promise you that you'll be answered! :) Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Jason
"I" don't drink coffee, tea, alcohol, or consume other harmful drugs or substances because the Mormon Church's law of health describes the rich blessings I can enjoy by my obedience to it. I've seen the difference between obedience to this vital law and disobedience to it. When we pollute our bodies with such things, the Holy Ghost will not abide with us...or rather, it can't. When we're ruining our bodies with harmful substances we are left alone to deal with the difficulties of life. By simple obedience to this easy law, we gain the inspiration of Heaven and are set up for success. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Jason
As Mormons, we believe there are several important principles that must accompany a baptism. First, we baptize those who are of an appropriate age to recognize that they have committed sin. Second, we baptize in water by immersion for the remission of sins. Third, this baptism must be performed by someone holding the proper authority to do so. When baptized, we enter into a covenant with God that we will follow Jesus Christ, keep his commandments, and always remember him. Before I was a Mormon, I was a Lutheran. As a Lutheran, I was baptized when I was an infant. The pastor who sprinkled water on my head and recited some words did not have the authority required to baptize nor was I baptized by immersion. I was not of an appropriate age to know if I was sinning or to know the covenant I was entering into. When I became a Mormon, it made perfect sense to be baptized as a new member. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Jason
Members of the Church who engage in homosexual activity are treated no different than those engaging in unwed heterosexual activity. Both types of sexual activity are serious sins and require considerable repentance and counseling with one's local Church leader. The idea of homosexuality does differ from the nature of heterosexuality in that it is contrary to our physical and spiritual design, most notably in terms of procreation. Those with homosexual tendencies and desires, regardless of how they were derived, should seek the Lord's help in redirecting their behavior towards the end of having a spouse of the opposite sex. The Lord has overcome all things, homosexual sin has been paid for and while not an easy condition to overcome, is within reach. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Jason
For me, the Atonement of Jesus Christ is the supreme doctrine of the Gospel...it is "the good news" that declares we can return and live with our Heavenly Father again. The Atonement of Jesus Christ is what allows us sinners to overcome the demands of justice. There is a basic, eternal law that requires us to be "clean" before we can live in the presence of God. During our mortal life here on earth, we most definitely will sin and in every way, break that law. However, there is good news! Because "God so loved the world" he sent us his Son. As the only person to live among us without sin, only he could pay the price for sin. He took upon himself every sin, every pain, and every suffering of each soul that would be born into this world. In the Garden of Gethsemane is when the Son of God drank from that bitter cup. Then, so we could overcome the obvious obstacle of physical death allowing us to rise again, he ultimately and voluntarily gave up his life and rose from the grave. I love him and humbly revere his name for what he did for "me." I know that I can overcome my sins, and that I will be resurrected some day because of his sacrifice. This is the Atonement of Jesus Christ and I know it is real and I know I can live in the presence of my Heavenly Father again. Show more Show less