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Hi I'm Jeff

I am a husband and father and I love my family. That's why I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Professionally, I help manage a small business. At times, this can be very challenging but it is most certainly rewarding. I count myself as one of the very few that truly enjoys what I do for a living. I value the professional friendships I have developed over the years and feel blessed to have worked with so many wonderful people with similar interests and values. However, my greatest happiness is found in spending time with my family. My wife and I have been blessed with five wonderful children. We live in Texas where the people are friendly and open. It is common to be approached at the grocery store with all five children in tow and be asked, "do they all belong to you?" to which I proudly respond, "YES!" It brings comfort to me to know that they belong to me, and I belong to them! I think my favorite activity is Sunday dinner with the family at home, but I also like to travel, watch movies, college football, spend time outdoors, and I am a huge fan of Manchester United Football Club.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised a Mormon, but that didn't mean that I didn't have to find out if the teachings of the Church were true for myself. As a child, I knew that I loved God and that I loved my family. As I began to understand that one of the core teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was that families could be together forever, but that in order to receive this blessing I needed to make and keep covenants such as baptism, I knew that I needed to find out for myself if these things were true. As I reflect back on my youth I recall praying about specific teachings and then paying attention to how I felt. I believe I have felt the peaceful feelings of the Holy Ghost teaching me that these things were true.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by doing my very best to follow the example of our savior Jesus Christ. In His perfect example, we are taught to love and to serve others, and that by doing so, we show love to our Father in Heaven. I have tried my best to pattern my life after these principles. One way I have chosen to follow the example of the Savior is through accepting invitations to serve in my local congregation. Service opportunities in our church are voluntary and are in addition to other professional or family responsibilities we might have. I believe that these invitations are inspired by the Lord and result in blessing those who serve as well as those being served. I am thankful to have helped individuals who have suffered, physically or spiritually, and to have then seen the healing power of the atonement of Jesus Christ change their lives. These experiences have taught me that I can have faith in Jesus Christ because He lives and He loves us deeply.

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Jeff
In the New Testament, the Savior himself taught, "no man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon." Also, in the Book of Mormon, a second witness of Jesus Christ, there was a prophet named Benjamin who wrote, "For how knoweth a man the master whom he has not served, and who is a stranger unto him, and is far from the thoughts and intents of his heart?" I believe we increase our faith in Jesus Christ through living by His teachings. In so doing, we come to know Him, and His power, and we can exercise faith in Him, knowing that it is through Him that we can be saved. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Jeff
Throughout time, God has given his servants, the prophets, the authority to act in His name. This authority is called the priesthood. Jesus Christ gave the priesthood to His original Twelve Apostles by ordination (see John 15:16), and they directed the work of His Church after Jesus ascended to heaven. But after the Apostles were killed, the priesthood gradually disappeared from the earth. The "Mormon" belief regarding priesthood authority sets us apart from the rest of Christianity in that we believe 1) the priesthood authority is still required to perform baptisms, 2) the priesthood can only be conferred upon an individual by someone who already has that authority, and 3) since the priesthood authority was lost at the time of Jesus and His Apostles, it had to be restored again to the earth. This is why the Joseph Smith story is so important in our religion. Joseph Smith had the same question regarding the authority to perform a baptism, and among other revelations he received, in answer to this particular question, Heavenly Messengers who held this authority anciently, including the prophet John the Baptist and Apostles Peter, James, and John, appeared to Joseph Smith and conferred the authority to perform baptism upon him. This same authority has passed from generation to generation so that baptism continues to be administered by individuals holding the same authority that John the Baptist received. Show more Show less