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Hi I'm Jason

I'm a student, musician, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a college student. I sing, play saxophone, and love all music. I also have a big passion for languages, especially Spanish right now. I grew up in Arkansas, where I actually attended college for three years. While there, I became a member of Kappa Kappa Psi, the honorary band fraternity. I love helping others and getting to serve others with good friends, which is why I joined the fraternity. I found it a lot like my church, just serving in a different capacity, and with different people who shared a common interest with me: music. In my spare time, I typically read fantasy books and use Dungeons and Dragons books to come up with different stories. I'm a real geek in a lot of areas, and I like it. The fantastic appeals to me. Always the thought of being more, or working hard to become more that who you are; to work to fulfill a destiny, or shatter one. Whatever the case, the joys in journeying are always fun. I always have some music playing as well. I love everything from Celtic music to rap. Rock to alternative. It is sometimes hard to find music that upholds my beliefs, but there's a lot of good music out there to enjoy, and I can typically find something that uplifts me. Well, that's basically all that I am.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family. My mother converted when she was a freshman in college, and my dad came from a less active Mormon family, but he came back into activity when he left his childhood home as well. Growing up, I always went to church and attended most all of the activities. Why I am a Mormon now? Because I asked the Lord and received an answer as to the truthfulness of what I was learning. I am a firm believer that if one wants to know the truth of all things, we'll come to know it if we search the Lord's words and listen to His guidance. It was no different with me. When I was younger, I came to a point where I decided that I had to ask or I would forever remain torn between the religion of my parents and what I, as a teenager, wanted to do. When I received an answer, my parent's religion was no longer theirs, but mine as well. This became really evident in college. My older sister and I attended the same college, she being two years ahead of me. When I got there, I was aware, not fully, of how she didn't attend church and had gotten into a lot of the things that our church teaches strongly against. She and I were in the same activities a lot of the time, both being music majors, and so we had a lot of the same friends. Having this testimony already embedded in my soul from my dealings with the Lord gave me the strength to continue in what I knew to be right. I love my sister dearly, but I feel like this is a good example of being converted, as opposed to just going along with parent's words. In short, I'm a Mormon because I know it to be true, and the Lord has guided me and shown me love in more instances in my life than I can count. I know that this is where I'm to be to receive all of the blessings that He has in store for me.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by simply trying to keep up with the daily "tasks" that keep me strong spiritually. I'm not perfect, but I'm getting better. Some of the things that I do are daily prayers, especially when I need them, like at work. When life gets stressful, I love to find the solitude of prayer to rest in my Lord. It's always given me the strength to finish my days. Scripture study also helps greatly on keeping me strong. Church attendance is also wonderful. Getting to gather with those that share my convictions, especially since I attend a ward of like-aged college students. I'm active in going to church meetings, not just on Sunday, but we have lots of get-togethers throughout the week to keep us going and strong. I've also had many opportunities to go and visit other members and attend to their needs through some of the programs of the church. It's wonderful to get a call to go and attend to another's needs. They put things in perspective for me, and aid me a lot of the time with my own problems. The Lord opens eyes when one is about His business.

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

Jason
When missionaries come to your home, they will talk about the basic foundations of our faith how we believe that our church is the church Christ set up restored in these days by Christ and His authority, what is Heavenly Father's plan for us, what are the basics of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and what are some commandments that we are asked to follow. As they teach the foundation of our faith, they ask people to keep commitments, like coming to church, reading the Book of Mormon, and praying to know for themselves if what they're teaching is true. They ask people to do these things to allow them to solidify their faith in the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Jason
Wards and branches are the individual congregations that dot the globe. A ward is a bigger congregation, and a branch is a smaller one. A stakes is a group of wards and branches in a certain area. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is divided this way so as to allow the members of the church to receive help, both spiritual and temporal, when they have problems. Welfare is distributed according to need in the wards and units, Bishops/Branch Presidents the called and set apart leaders of wards/branches help to aid people through spiritually tough times and the Saints gather in the units often to support one another and to give aid one to another. Show more Show less