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Hi I'm Jefferson

I route packets for a living. I like to read, write, and take photos. I love my wife and family dearly. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Four years ago, I made the joyful decision to join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The following year, I was sealed in the Boston Temple for all time to my best friend, Erika. We have a family of five children (including two sets of twins!) and a cat that likes to join us for prayer. I lead a team of network engineering geeks during the week. I'm enrolled in a Masters' Program for English and Creative Writing. I read voraciously, write as often as I can, and take a lot of photos. The best part of my week comes when I get to work with the two sets of Missionaries assigned to my ward. Together, we strive to share the Gospel, strengthen the faith of those around us, and invite all to Christ. I love this work.

Why I am a Mormon

These things I believe: - that a Christ-centered life is the surest way to bring peace and joy into your life, your home, and your family. - that there is a deep and abiding rightness to be found in the work we do in the Temple and the knowledge we gain there. - that God's love is demonstrated in the very existence of the universe, in how we treat each other, in the Plan of Happiness, and through continued revelation. Life and the world we live in testify of these things to me each day. - that science and reason tell us a great deal about how things came to be, but that scripture and revelation tell us about WHY things came to be. - that Faith can move mountains if you give it a chance.

How I live my faith

"We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things." - 13th Article of Faith

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Long before I joined the Church, I had an abiding concern about a plan of salvation that only applied to people that were lucky enough to be born in a particular place at a particular time. The Apostle Peter once said that "God is no respecter of persons" -- meaning that everyone who has ever lived or will live will have the same opportunity for eternal salvation. Until I learned about the work of "redeeming the dead" that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints performs, I had no idea how this basic expectation of cosmic fairness could be satisfied. Through the Plan of Salvation and the Restored Gospel, we have been called upon to "redeem the dead." We go to the Temple to perform ordinances on behalf of the deceased ancestors in our family. We stand as proxies for them in name. This provides them (even in the post-mortal life!) with the freedom to accept baptism, take on the name of Christ, and receive the Holy Ghost -- starting on the road towards their own salvation. Show more Show less