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Hi I'm Jeff

I'm a Mormon attorney in Portland.

About Me

My wife and I both grew up just outside Portland and, after leaving for college and grad school, moved back home to start our family and our careers. We have two beautiful children and are doing our best to raise them, build our practices, and serve in our church. It's a daily balancing act, but we love it.

Why I am a Mormon

While my mother was raised in the Church, my father joined in his twenties, so I have extended family members of differing beliefs. We attended church regularly growing up and my parents have always been strong examples of faithful Mormon living. However, there comes a point in every young person’s life when they have to decide what they believe independent from their parents. For me, that happened in high school. We lived in a part of Oregon where the Church was present, but smaller than other Christian denominations. Most of my friends weren’t Mormon. Some of them didn’t like the Church. At times, they challenged me for not drinking or for wanting to wait until I was married before having sex. In the face of such questions, I had to decide what I believed for myself. Finding out for yourself that the Church’s message is true isn’t easy, but it’s not complicated. It is a matter of study and sincere prayer. After doing both, I came to feel in my heart the quiet confidence that what I had been taught really does come from God. I received confirmation in the form of spiritual assurance that I was doing the right thing. Over the years, I’ve have received many answers to prayers in this way and have come to recognize them as messages from God, guiding me towards His truth.

How I live my faith

Being Mormon means being part of a community where people are genuinely concerned for one another’s well-being. Since the early years of the Church, we have had a program called Home Teaching. Besides attending church meetings on Sunday, I regularly make visits during the week to see members of our congregation. The purpose of the program is to ensure that the physical, spiritual, and social needs of members of the Church are met. Beyond a formal assignment, Home Teaching becomes a great way to reach out to people in need living in our midst. Over the years, I’ve become good friends with the families that I visit and had multiple opportunities to serve them. I’ve also been fortunate to have been assigned caring home teachers who have done everything from visited me when I’ve been sick to help me when I have moved.

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

As a Mormon, I know that Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior. I worship Him as the Son of God. I believe that He was chosen by Heavenly Father to perform the Atonement, which means that He offered Himself as a sacrifice for the sins of mankind. In so doing, He made it possible for me to be forgiven for my mistakes and shortcomings as I accept Him as my Savior and keep His commpandments. He is my example, my Redeemer, and my friend. I also believe that He formed a church while He was on this earth. After His death and the death of His Apostles, that church was lost from the earth. It was restored again in our day by Christ Himself through a modern prophet and continues to be directed by prophets and apostles today. It is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormon Church. Show more Show less