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Hi I'm Jack

I live in Wyoming, I grew up in Montana, my roots are in agriculture, I work in education, and I'm so grateful to be a Mormon.

About Me

While growing up our family lived in several cities in the U.S. and Canada. I was born in Alberta, Canada. Subsequent moves took us to Ontario, Canada; New York; Texas; back to Alberta; and then when I was eleven years old, back to the family farm/ranch in Montana. Those formative pre-teen and teen years were spent on the farm/ranch, and the lessons I learned from the land still guide me today. I married my high school sweetheart 30 years ago. I love her more now than ever. We live in Wyoming, and have three sons. I love my family, and my focus has been in strengthening, providing for, and protecting our family. As they were growing up we spent many hours supporting and helping them in their activities--My priorities in life are my faith and family. I have many interests and hobbies. I grew up with one sister, three brothers, and a ball in my hand and have always enjoyed football and basketball. I still play basketball twice a week. Start a ball game of any type and I'll be happy to join in. Lately, I've even learned a little about soccer:) I officiated high school football for 15 years, and have coached in various recreational leagues as well as Junior High football. I love music! I love singing, and playing. We have many instruments in our home, piano, guitars, bass guitars, banjos, harmonicas, and a mandolin. We have great fun making music! Living in Montana and Wyoming takes us outside! From gardening to camping and fishing. It's all fun!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I was taught from an early age that God lived and that Jesus Christ was my Savior, and I believed it. Going to Church as a family was always something that we did. There was no question, in the home I was raised in, that we were going to Church on Sunday. Even while on the ranch in Montana we organized the work so that we could attend to our Sunday meetings and keep the Sabbath day holy. In my early years I am sure that my faith was founded in that of my parents. However, over the years I have had numerous experiences where the Spirit has whispered truth to me. So many times the Holy Ghost has guided and directed me, and witnessed to me of truth. With each passing year I gain a stronger testimony that following Heavenly Father's plan is indeed the easiest, most fulfilling and happiest way to live. The things I have learned through participation in The Church impact every area of my life. I am a better neighbor, friend, husband, father, employee, and administrator because of the things I have learned at church. Being a Mormon is not just something I do on Sunday, it is my way of life. Ever hour of every day I live by faith. My attitudes, desires, and actions all reflect my membership in the Church. That membership, and adherence to the teachings of the Savior, Jesus Christ, has made all the difference in my life! I'm grateful for it and I love it!

How I live my faith

We attend Church here in Wyoming as a family every week. We also attend other activities provided by our Ward (congregation) such as dinners and parties. There is a real sense of family in our Ward--if anyone runs into big problems we all pitch in to help out. I love serving in the youth organizations and have done so for many years. I've enjoyed everything from teaching lessons on Sundays to climbing the mountains of Wyoming with the Boy Scouts to planning and participating in conferences with a thousand youth present. Service in the church requires time and effort and sacrifice, but those efforts are worth the service provided to our fellowman. I have lived in a number of different places, and in each instance, the new Ward became instant family. A friendly face and handshake in a city new to us. I've also had the opportunity to serve as the Bishop, the minister or leader, in our Ward (congregation). That service required a great deal of time and effort, physically, mentally, and spiritually. It required precious time away from my family. Yet during that term of service my family was prospered. The opportunity to serve and help my fellowman was a great blessing in my life and strengthened me.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Throughout most generations of time a loving Heavenly Father has had prophets on the earth through whom He directed His people. He loves us today just as much as He loved the people in Old Testament times, and so He provides us with a Prophet. I am grateful beyond measure to know that there is indeed a prophet on the earth today. One to whom we can look for guidance and direction in these tumultous times. I have followed his counsel, and I have seen the blessings! Show more Show less