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Hi I'm Jeff

I grew up in Connecticut, joined the Church at 19, retired from the Army in 2009, and live in Alabama. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the Northeastern part of the U.S. I attended a Catholic school through the 8th grade and served as an alter boy. I have many family members who are Catholic. After graduating from high school, I enlisted in the U.S. Army and, almost a year later, in an unexpected turn of events, I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My parents and all my siblings joined the Church not long after I did. I married a wonderful woman in the Salt Lake City, Utah Temple 31 years ago. We have been blessed with five children born over a 21-year period. We now have grand-children coming into our lives, too.

Why I am a Mormon

I still remember the day that changed the course of my life. I was around 12 or 13 when I prayed earnestly for the very first time. I was deeply concerned that my faith in God was inadequate. My father had frequently talked about prayer and expressed his powerful conviction concerning the reality of God; but I wasn't so sure. My doubts about God troubled me greatly. Nevertheless, following the example of my father, I took to prayer with a desire to have the kind of faith he seemed to have. I remember asking God if he would grant me faith sufficient to believe in Him. I wasn't sure I believed in God, but I desperately wanted to believe in Him. I had no great spiritual experience at the time of my prayer, and I felt no major change for having prayed; but from that day forward my faith has continued to grow, and its effects have been discernable over time. I mark that moment in my youth as the beginning of my spiritual preparation for receiving the fullness of the Everlasting Gospel found a few years later in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Some time between my prayer for the power to believe in God and my baptism in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Lord answered my prayer and granted me the desire of my heart: Enough faith to believe in him; that he exists; and that he knows me and cares for me. This faith has grown with each passing year of my life, and it has given me the ability to truly love God (see Mark 12:30). Indeed, the answer to my boyhood prayer for the power to believe has now grown into an unshakeable faith in the reality of God. Today I testify - with an assuredness I could scarcely have imagined in my youth - that God lives and that Jesus is the very Christ.

How I live my faith

My life as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been, and continues to be, a full one. My father once suggested that members of the Church couldn't possibly slip into inactivity because they are so busy with church work. Although this is not entirely the case, it is true that everyone has the opportunity to contribute in the work of the Lord by serving in the church, and such service strengthens faith and commitment. I am a living testament of the joy and fulfillment that comes from a life of labor in the Lord's service and devotion to His cause. I wouldn't have it any other way.