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Hi, my name is Jason, and I live in the great state of Arizona. My wife and I have been married for 5 years, and have two sons: a three-year old and a six-month old. After a long and tedious battle, I am set to finish my Bachelor's degree in Communications in December. In addition to being a full-time dad and a full-time student, I work full-time for a national transportation company. Life is busy, but we feel so blessed to be together as a family.
Although I’ve always been a member of the Church, when I was a teenager I had a decision to make: Would I follow the path that my parents had taught me, or would I go my own way? More specifically, was what I had been taught true? I prayed and asked the Lord to help me know what to do in my life, and whether The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was truly His church. The answer came in a powerful way, and brought a sense of peace and joy that is hard to describe. I have a testimony that the Church is led by Jesus Christ, through living prophets and apostles. This testimony has given me a sense of purpose, faith, and hope. It's given me a better understanding of who I am, and what my relationship is to my Father in Heaven and His son Jesus Christ. I have a greater appreciation for the blessings in my life. I know what I need to do to be with my wife and kids forever. It’s because of these things that I’m a Mormon. Not because my parents or friends are Mormon, but because God has given me a powerful witness that this is the Lord’s church.
When I was seventeen years old, I made a decision to find out for myself whether or not the Book of Mormon was a true book of scripture. The plan was simple: I'd read the entire book in one month, and then pray to ask God if it was true. I'd read bits and pieces of it before, but not with the same intent. The book is over 500 pages, so reading it in a month was a lot to ask of a seventeen year-old kid, but with some effort, I accomplished my goal. After kneeling and praying on my bedroom floor to know if The Book of Mormon was true, I reflected upon the last month of my life, and realized that I was a much different person than I had been when I first started my task. I looked around my room and to my surprise, it was clean. I hadn't kept my room clean in years. I realized I was happier. I was doing better in school. I was nicer to my brother and sisters. I had a better relationship with my parents. Perhaps most important, I felt closer to God, and to his Son, Jesus Christ. I felt like I knew them better than I ever had before. As these realizations came into my mind, the Holy Ghost swept over me, and I realized that The Book of Mormon had changed me as a person - and this was the evidence of its truthfulness. Ever since then, I've noticed that when I'm faithful in reading the scriptures, I draw closer to God. I have a testimony that The Book of Mormon goes hand-in-hand with the Bible as a holy scriptural witness that we are God's children, that Jesus Christ is real, and that He loves us. I am so grateful for this knowledge.
One of the great blessings in my life is serving in the Church. My current assignment is helping our young missionaries teach those who are interested in learning more about the Church. To see the way the gospel of Jesus Christ touches and changes people's lives is inspiring beyond words. Often times, when someone from the neighborhood is being taught by the missionaries, we have the privilege of having them in our home for the lessons. These experiences have blessed my family as we've seen miracles in the lives of the people being taught. It is humbling and inspiring.