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Hi I'm Jeff

I'm a father of six, a vitreoretinal surgeon, a devoted college football fan, an Ironman Triathlete, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Southern California and then spent two years doing missionary work in Brazil as a young adult. I'm still a hard-core BYU Cougar fan, even though I've lived the last 10+ years in the southern states of Alabama, Georgia, and Louisiana ... the heart of SEC country. I love living in Birmingham with my family!

Why I am a Mormon

Though raised in the faith, I had many crossroads where I'm glad I chose to continue following Christ's example and His Gospel as best as possible. I'm especially grateful for the knowledge and testimony I have that we have a living prophet on the earth and that the heavens are not closed to revelation. Following the prophet's counsel has always been our Heavenly Father's "program" for guiding his children back into His presence. I know I'm happiest and most successful when I do follow His program, and I see it in those around me.

How I live my faith

Before moving to Birmingham, I served as the Bishop (analogous to most church's Pastor) of our congregation in Louisiana. I had the opportunity to spend many hours every week trying to support, inspire, and guide our members through their trials and successes, while we all try to follow the example of our Savior, Jesus Christ. With our strict rules of having a "lay clergy" ( i.e. nobody gets paid to serve in our church), I have to organize my time the best I can to fulfill my work, church, and family duties. The principles of the gospel have helped me in every phase of my life.

What are some things that tell to you there is a God?

Going to Medical School, and learning the great complexities of biochemistry, physiology, and anatomy filled me with awe at the majesty of God's creative power and genius. But the most true measure I've always used to know if there is a God is to faithfully pray to Him for guidance, and to feel distinct impressions that I am loved by Him, often lead by Him to certain choices, or strengthened in Him through my trials. Show more Show less