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Hi I'm Chad Jackson

I'm a father, husband, medical student, snow and water skier and I'm Mormon!

About Me

The past couple of years have been very challenging but equally rewarding. I love being outdoors. Hiking, camping, playing golf, tennis and water and snow skiing are my passions. Although all of these activities are very enjoyable, life became busy after starting medical school and having two little girls join us as our family grew from two to now four! I wake up and go to the hospital before anyone else is awake and sometimes I arrive home and the only one awake is my loving wife. It is difficult having days where I never see my two little angels because I'm at school, but I know my wife, who stays at home, takes good care of them and expresses my love to them. I sometimes look at my other classmates and see the fun and exciting activities they are always doing--going on ski trips here and there, rock climbing, camping, and playing sports. But when I look at my life and the decisions I've made nothing can compare to arriving home from school and hearing my daughter's feet pitter-patting across the floor and then a loud, welcoming, "Daddy!!" is shouted at the top of her lungs as I walk into my home. I know I'm doing what's right for this time in my life and I look forward to the time where will go camping, hiking, and skiing with my own kids.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a member of the church by loving parents who love the Lord deeply. I never had doubts about my parents' convictions to the validity of the Joseph Smith story because they expressed their testimonies through word and deed every day. When I turned 12, I was at church and one of the youth leaders came into our class and challenged us 12 year olds to pick something that we wanted to know and fast and pray about it for a week. He then promised us that if we had sincere desires and faith that God would answer our prayers, then God would. I remember taking this as a challenge to prove him wrong or at least say I tried it. The whole week I prayed diligently to my Father in Heaven asking him if Joseph Smith was truly a prophet and if He and Christ appeared to the boy in the grove of trees as Joseph Smith recorded. When Saturday came, the day I had chosen to put the challenge to test, I prepared myself by fasting and knelt down to pray alone in my bedroom. I remember it like it was yesterday. The sun was shining and birds were singing as the spring morning opened a new day. I sincerely asked my Heavenly Father if Joseph was a prophet of God and if he really saw God the Father and Jesus Christ. While praying, I remember seeing in my minds eye the prophet Joseph Smith. His face was not from one of the many pictures and paintings I had seen growing up. Instead, I feel as though the Lord blessed me to see Joseph as he was while alive. As I focused on this impression given to my mind's eye, I remember an overwhelming feeling of love and affirmation as the Holy Ghost spoke to my mind and my heart that Joseph did see God and Jesus Christ and that he was God's chosen prophet to restore the gospel on the earth once more. As the years have passed, I remember that morning as clear as if it just happened today. I know God answered my prayer and I know he has restored his true church on the earth today through this experience. This is why I am Mormon.

How I live my faith

My faith governs all I choose to do and all I am. Everyday, my decisions about what I say and do are influenced by my understanding that God has a plan for me and that by obedience to his commandments my family and I can be happy in this life and through eternity. I find myself looking for oportuntities to reach out to those in need, not in any grand way, but in small simple ways. Whether it be a smile, or a offer for help, my desire to serve my fellowman is driven by the example of the Master, Jesus Christ. Currently I have been asked to help serve in a position with the young men of the church, ages 12-18. This has provided me with many cherished experiences as I share my testimony of the Savior and his divine mission. The position has also provided me with the opportunity to get involved with the Boy Scouts of America. It has been many years since I received my Eagle, but I find great fulfillment in helping boys become men as they learn leadership, service, knowledge, compassion, and reverence for God as they serve and participate in this wonderful organization.I am grateful the my faith is one of action, not just verbalization.