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Hi I'm Jer

I served as a missionary in Argentina. I love snowboarding. I love to help people. And, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I have three sons, and we live in California. We LOVE snowboarding, but don't get to do that too much. Things we like to do as a family: we go to the beach, play soccer, hike and bike, and we of course go to church together. Because of my love of action sports and technology, I have been involved in the creation of companies, websites, and videos centered around skateboarding, snowboarding, and motorcycles. I love helping people solve problems. I also love helping people to understand how much God loves them, and that He has a plan for all of us to be happy.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I found out through prayer that God loves me, has a plan for me, and wants me to live with Him. Not only that, but he wants me to help as many of my brothers and sisters to do the same! I LOVE the fact that the LDS church is a big family. When we moved from Utah to California, my brethren in the church were here waiting to help my family unload our truck within an hour after we arrived. When I was on my mission in Argentina, I found that as people joined the church, they found themselves in a new community - a new family - that was understanding, loving and helpful. The basic things like that, as well as the doctrine of love, peace, and happiness are what make me know that the church is true. My favorite suggestion to people who wonder if they should get baptized, or if they should talk with the missionaries is: Pray about it. If you have any questions, pray to God about it, and I promise you that you will receive an answer.

How I live my faith

One thing that is difficult for us here in California is that most of the family activities and sporting activities in the community are on Sunday. We believe in keeping Sunday holy, and we do not go shopping, play sports, or participate in any activity that would make us forget the Lord on His day. We simply search to find leagues and play groups that get together on other days of the week - there ARE 6 others... Because we have done this, I know that we have been blessed with stronger family bonds, and a stronger spirit in our home.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

My own experience is that Mormons LOVE helping EVERYONE. I took two of my young boys one Saturday this summer and cleaned up a state beach here near our home. It was a great experience for my little boys, and we got many "thank yous" from beach patrons. It was a great activity to do service for others, regardless of who they are. When I was serving as a full time missionary from 2000 - 2002, I spent 99% of my time helping (and teaching) people who were not Mormons. Once, someone asked me why I traveled all the way to Argentina from America to push cars out of the mud. I told them that I was there for a much more important purpose (to share an important message), but I was trying to follow the example of Jesus Christ, who stopped to help those in need along his path. One fact that amazes me is the amount of cash and other aide (in the way of food, clothing, medical supplies, face-to-face education, etc.) that the Mormons donate each year to people in need throughout the world. If you use this map and click on any country in the world, you will see what the Mormons are doing there (http://www.providentliving.org/project/0,13501,4607-1-2009,00.html). I am proud to be part of a group of people that share so much of their material blessings to help others (who may or may not be Mormons). God is no respecter of persons, and I believe that we are to follow that example. Show more Show less