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Hi I'm Jeff Swift

Husband of a nurse and father of two boys; PhD in digital media; working at a tech company in California. And I'm Mormon.

About Me

I'm a digital community organizer with a PhD in Communication, Rhetoric, & Digital Media. The best part of my life is hearing my sons laugh and seeing my wife smile.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of who I want to become.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in every part of my life. To me, being a Mormon is about much more than going to church on Sunday or reading the Book of Mormon, although both of those are very important. My faith is a way to look at the world, and it encourages me to reverence my brothers and sisters on this earth no matter where they are from or how fortunate they have been in the past. My faith motivates me to get as much education as I can, to be involved in the community, to fight for things I passionately believe in, and always be open to alternate viewpoints and perspectives. My faith is centered on my family. They are the most important people in my life and I would do anything for them.

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Jeff Swift
The Gospel is the knowledge needed to return to live with our Heavenly Father. While much of the Gospel is contained in the Bible, God has always worked through living prophets and personal revelation as well as holy scripture. After rejecting Jesus Christ and His Apostles, the Church of Jesus Christ gradually disappeared. There were still good people trying to do the right thing, but they had lost the direct leadership of Jesus Christ through His living prophets. This is why a restoration was needed. Christ's Church wasn't on the earth in its fullness any more, and that problem needed to be fixed. So, God the Father and Jesus Christ directed Joseph Smith do restore their church. The resulting doctrine and practices are found in the organization now known as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Show more Show less

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

Jeff Swift
Yes--this is one of the most distinguishing features of our belief. We believe that God always works through prophets--the Bible is a record of many of these prophets. Familiar figures like Adam, Noah, Abraham, and Moses were all prophets of God. These men were chosen by God to lead His church here on earth. They spoke for God, relayed church-wide revelations, and testified of Jesus Christ. The living prophet today does these same things. Thomas Monson is the prophet today, the man chosen to speak for God, deliver important revelations for the entire church, and testify of Jesus Christ. It makes sense--God has always worked through prophets, and He's still doing so today. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Jeff Swift
Try it. The best way to learn about Mormonism is to try it. Read the Book of Mormon. Learn about the Church's doctrines and practices. Attend church meetings. And, most importantly, sincerely ask God. It only makes sense: if it's God's church, He'd be the one to know, right? Show more Show less