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Hi I'm Jesse

I'm a husband, a father of three children and counting, member of the Army Reserves, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Growing up in Texas, I developed a strong love for the State and it's culture. I remember in school, saying the pledge of allegiance followed by the pledge of allegiance to the Texas flag. My love for Texas hasn't dimmed, and although I haven't lived there for nearly fifteen years, I still proudly claim my heritage as Texan. Most of my memories as a child are of my mom, working with horses. She was a horse trainer on a number of ranches, and I was her tag-along when I wasn't off getting into mischief. As I got older, I realized that I didn't have the same affinity for horses as she did (who by the way at nearly 70 is still working daily with her "babies"). I grew up, went to BYU where I received a degree in corporate finance and currently work at Union Pacific Railroad, in Omaha, NE, as a pricing manager in the marketing group. One tiny part of the story that occurred between Texas and Union Pacific is that somewhere in there I was a Mormon missionary in Milan Italy for two years. Upon returning home, I married the only woman in the world that could put up with me, have had three of the best kids known to mankind with her. I joined the Army reserves early in our marriage and have been deployed twice since then (Afghanistan & Iraq).... testing the saint like patience of my wife at every turn. I'm lucky to have been so blessed in my short live!

Why I am a Mormon

I may have grown up a member of the Mormon church, but there came a certain point in my life where I decided that I needed to know for myself if I was traveling in the path God would have me travel. That point came while I was a young missionary in the MTC (Missionary Training Center) learning how to preach the gospel. In the MTC, there are no tricks or gimmicks taught. In fact, the main message is to teach by simple means the restored gospel, supplementing with personal testimony, and inviting those who are interested to seek the confirmation of the truth by the Holy Ghost through personal prayer. It was this process that I used in order to gain my own testimony. I had no visitations by angels, I heard no thundering voices declaring the truth, and I had no visions showing me my path. The confirmation of my testimony came through a simple yet profound feeling in my heart that Jesus was my Savior, God was my father in heaven, and that the gospel had been restored to the earth through the prophet Joseph Smith. This was an answer to my prayer. Knowing the truth of the restored gospel doesn't by any means shelter me from trial or tribulation, but I know where to turn when my days are long, when I feel the heavy burden of life upon my shoulders, or when I simply long for the unconditional love my father in heaven has for me. There is peace and hope in the restored gospel, but we must, through our faith, work to find it, grow it, and share it.

How I live my faith

As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I strive to live my religion daily. As part of my church attendance, I volunteer to assist with different responsibilities in our particular congregation. Since there is no paid clergy we have to rely on the volunteer efforts of all members in order to look after those who attend church. Some of my responsibilities include coordinating the efforts of the full-time missionaries with members of the congregation. If you know Mormons, you know that missionary work is important. Not only do we have full-time missionaries that volunteer for 18 months to two years, but we also have others who have been asked to help the full-time missionaries in their efforts. I'm the guy who organizes those efforts and activities. I also have the opportunity to visit a few of the families in our congregation on a regular basis in what we call "home teaching." Home teaching is a program where members of the church will visit the homes of other members of the congregation in order to look after and support them. Whether that means bringing them a spiritual message on a particular subject or helping them replace a roof, the home teaching program is meant to help both parties come closer to God through service and support.