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Hi I'm Jeff!

I played the drums in a Shania Twain concert. I snowboarded along side Seth Huot. and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a snowboarder. I am a drummer. I'm a thrill seeker. I'm a husband, a brother, a son, a friend, a random acquaintance. I'm interested in the medical, financial, and political fields. I have a bachelor's degree from Utah State University in Human Movement Science and am preparing to get my second bachelors of science in Nursing from Linfield College in Portland, Oregon. I'm a unique individual, but with challenges and strengths, just like everyone else.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a Mormon my whole life. I was born to parents who are of this faith. I was baptized and officially became a Mormon when I was eight years old. I have always been active in this church, though when I was in college I took it upon myself to learn a little more about other religions. I found it enlightening and enjoyable to make connections with other faiths and see the common ground we all have. I've had much opposition to my faith. The area in which I used to reside is near the Hill Cumorah Pageant, one of the worlds largest outdoor theatrical productions, which depicts scene's from the Book of Mormon Another Testament of Jesus Christ. Our church was started in that region of the country, Western New York. They even teach things about our faith in the public schools there because we are a part of the New York history. Well, I received much opposition which caused me to become like an investigator. Meaning I had to do my research as if I wasn't even a member. It was a very trying time in my life. I had much travail over whether or not this was really what we claimed it to be, or whether it was just another religion. I thought it might be something I was brought up in, though not the one Church of Christ established here on the Earth. It caused me to daily, pour over the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price. I compared tediously the Bible and the teachings it had, with the Book of Mormon. I compared the differences that had been brought to my attention by those who feel very differently about religion than I do. It was the first time in my life that I was really sincerely searching. I was thirsting... yearning for the truth. I didn't care what the truth was, I just wanted to know the truth! I took sufficient time to study and pray. Why am I a Mormon? I am a Mormon because I was open and willing enough to do what God wanted me to do. I not only hit the wall- I went several feet into it. Yet, in His Infinite Love and Mercy, He chose to guide me by the hand and show me the path. I can now say, beyond any shadow of doubt, that Christ is our personal Savior, Redeemer, and Friend. He loves us. The Book of Mormon is the very word of God, brought forth in these last days to bring us help and hope. Why am I a Mormon? Because it is where Christ wants me to be. I know. 

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being a good member of society. I believe the church is run in the same way that Paul taught it in the New Testament. We are all individual members of the church and it is built upon our individual duties and tasks, which make up, as a whole, a beautiful structure. I live my faith by fulfilling the callings I am given. I actively volunteer to assist in community and church events whenever possible. I believe churches and communities need to work together to make a society run well.

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Jeff!
John 7:17 says, "If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself." If we feel like we need to increase our faith in Jesus Christ, we need to do the things he has asked us to. Scriptures, Prayes, Prophets, Service, Temples. As we strive to search the scriptures, Pray sincerely with faith and real intent, study the words of living prophets and take heed to their counsel, perform selfless service, and attend the temple if worthy, if not, work on getting there and do the other things that God as asked us to do, the natural result will be an increase in faith toward our Lord and Master, Jesus the Christ. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Jeff!
The Law of Chastity is a law given from God to His children at all times. It prohibits sexual relations outside the bonds of marriage and is strict abstinence before marriage. It also includes no masturbation, pornography, or homosexuality. Chastity is more than the physical act of breaking the commandment. It begins in the mind. If you can fill your thoughts with uplifting messages, you're temptations will be decreased and you will have the power to overcome any temptation. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Jeff!
We are!! haha. Mormon is the nickname for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The term "Mormon" was initially a very derogatory term using in the early days of the church (1830-), but later has just been accepted that that's who WE are! We're Mormons! We're not as weird as everyone thinks. We love Jesus Christ just as much as the rest of the world and we know just as much about him. The term "Mormon" also obviously derives from The Book of Mormon, of which we believe to be the inspired Word of God, the same as the Bible. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Jeff!
We believe in the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost. We believe in the Trinity, but differently than the rest of the Christian world. The gospel is meant to be simple. "Simplicity is the greatest sophistication." We believe that God the Father has a body of flesh and bone, as tangible as mans, the Son also, but the Holy Spirit does not. He is a spirit so that get can teach us the truth and guide us through this life. The trinity teaches three-in-one, several, but single... Everyone has a hard time wrapping their mind around that one. The answer is that they are three separate distict individuals. The are one in the same way that we all can be one.. Unified. They are all EXACTLY on the same page. In the 17th chapter of the Gospel of John, Christ encourages us to strive to reach the same unity that He is with the Father and the Spirit. He's not asking us to join him in an inumerable form without substance or matter. He wants us to follow Him, Love Him, and have our will be in line with the Fathers. Show more Show less