Hi I'm Jeff Swift
I'm a PhD student studying communication, rhetoric, and digital media. I'm a progressive political junkie working on a dissertation. The best part of my life is hearing my sons laugh and seeing my wife smile.
Why I am a Mormon
I am a Mormon because of who I want to become.
Why/How do you share the gospel with your friends?
My religion is part of who I am. I want others to feel comfortable telling me about themselves, so I try to feel comfortable telling others about myself.
Why do Mormons go on missions?
For Mormons, religion isn't just a way to improve our lot in the next life. We honestly believe that following the Savior makes our lives better here on earth. We want to share that with everyone.
How has The Book of Mormon helped you understand the purpose of life?
The Book of Mormon teaches many important principles, perhaps none more important than the divine commandment to serve our brothers and sisters here on earth. Ours is not a religion confined to the heavens and the afterlife. The Book of Mormon teaches very clearly that if we are not helping those around us--giving freely of our time, money, talents, energy, care, friendship--then we are not following the Savior. This requires that we neither view others as "deserving" their lot in any way, nor justify our lack of compassion because of others' imperfections. The Book of Mormon teaches that Christ gave his life for every one of us individually--we have no place withholding help from someone whom the Son of God died for.
Please explain the part prayer plays in your life?
I look at prayer as the way I can call home on a regular basis. I ask for help, thank my Heavenly Dad for things, seek advice--in short, I keep in touch.
How I live my faith
I live my faith in every part of my life. To me, being a Mormon is about much more than going to church on Sunday or reading the Book of Mormon, although both of those are very important. My faith is a way to look at the world, and it encourages me to reverence my brothers and sisters on this earth no matter where they are from or how fortunate they have been in the past. My faith motivates me to get as much education as I can, to be involved in the community, to fight for things I passionately believe in, and always be open to alternate viewpoints and perspectives. My faith is centered on my family. They are the most important people in my life and I would do anything for them.