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Hi I'm Jeff

I love playing catch with my kids. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm married and my wife and I have four children--from grade school age to high school. We stay busy as a family juggling school, sports, piano lessons, ballet, scouts, and other activities while trying to have quality family time too. I work in the telecommunications field. When I have free time I love to read (mostly non-fiction). During the spring and summer I also spend a lot of time working in my garden. Pulling weeds is stress-relief!

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are Mormons and they taught me the faith growing up. I saw the difference our family's faith made in our lives and our perspective on the purpose of life itself. As I got older, however, I had to decide for myself if what they were teaching me was true or not. And even if I thought it was true I had to decide for myself if I wanted to continue living those teachings. Perhaps the strongest faith-builder for me was the Book of Mormon. Some say it's not the easiest book to understand and I agree that it can appear complicated at first because it's probably unlike any book you have ever read. Some parts are difficult to understand at first but if you give it a chance you will find insights into Jesus Christ and into the purpose of life itself that will bring a new perspective to your life.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to treat others with kindness and respect as Jesus taught us to do. I try to follow the Golden Rule but slip up from time to time and make mistakes. In the church I have had many different chances to serve over the years -- from teaching children's classes, to playing the piano for church meetings, to helping with some of the local administrative functions, to serving as a lay (unpaid) leader of the local congregation where I live. In the church all families are assigned by the bishop (local congregation leader) what we call home teachers -- two people who look after the spiritual and temporal needs of their assigned families. Home teachers are encouraged to visit their assigned families at least once a month for a short visit. I like being a home teacher because I get to know my assigned families on a personal friendship basis outside of Sunday church meetings and provide service to them that might be needed. For example, I can cut their lawn when the family is on vacation, drive someone to the airport, send birthday cards, visit when someone is in the hospital or other things like that. I feel I have been blessed by God over the years to have many kind home teachers visit my family and also to have been able to become good friends with those people I was assigned to home teach.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

We believe in the principle of tithing taught in the Bible and other scriptures. We believe that it is a commandment of God for those in ancient days as well as in modern times. Paying tithes allows us to acknowledge that God is the ultimate source of all we have and show gratitude for all he has given us. For me, paying tithing it is also a way to remind myself that money is not the most important thing in my life. For some, it may appear a sacrifice but I feel that God blesses me and my family with spiritual blessings because we pay tithing. Show more Show less