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Hi I'm Jeff

I'm married with four kids. I'm an optometrist. I enjoy playing softball. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in New Mexico. At the age of seven, I moved to Florida for a year, then to Colorado for two, and finally to Arizona. I was not raised as a Mormon from birth. I joined the Church at the age of fourteen. I graduated from high school in 1993 and worked in Alaska to save money for a two year church mission to New Zealand. After returning from the mission field. I worked in Alaska for another Summer to save money for college. I attended college in Utah where I met my wife. I walked on to the college baseball team and played one year as a freshman before a chronic shoulder injury ended my career. After receiving a bachelor's degree, I went on to post-graduate school and spent four years studying to become an optometrist. When I'm not at work I enjoy spending time with my wife and four children. I also enjoy playing golf and softball when time permits.

Why I am a Mormon

I was introduced to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by a friend. As I began to attend youth and Scouting activities, I gradually learned some of the key doctrines of the Church. The more I learned, the more my interest was piqued, and I soon began attending regular Sunday church meetings. I still remember my first church meeting. One of the hymns was 'Families Can Be Together Forever'. As a 14 year-old boy, I remember trying not to let my emotions show as I felt the joy in singing that hymn. I didn’t know it at the time, but I later learned that the joy I felt while singing was the Holy Ghost testifying of the truthfulness of the Gospel. As time went on, my younger brother and parents became interested in the Church. We met with the missionaries many times, and in July of 1989 we all entered the waters of baptism and became members of the Church. My baptism set the course for my life. Since I was baptized, I have served a two year mission in New Zealand, married a wonderful woman for time and all eternity in the San Diego Temple, and had 4 beautiful children. Along the way, we’ve had the normal ups and downs (mostly ups) and the Gospel has been the stabilizing force in our lives.

How I live my faith

I enjoy serving in my local ward. A few Sundays each month, I lead a discussion about church principles with a group of men around my age. Each month I spend time visiting families in the ward. I share a message from the leaders of the church with each family I visit.