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Hi I'm Jeff

I'm a husband, I'm a father of five - including a son with Autism, I'm a Police Detective, I'm a blogger, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I are the parents of five children. Through our two decades together we have experienced many challenges including burying a son who died at birth, and raising a special needs child with autism. Each event has brought its share of faith-testing introspection. Our knowledge of the Plan of Salvation and of the Atonement of Christ has provided me with the strength and hope to see things as they really are. As a special-needs home, every day is a day like no other. Each one is unique, and in its own way, a learning experience. Together we ride the E-Ticket roller coaster world of special needs and smile (for the most part) while holding on for dear life. I blog about our experiences - good and bad - so that others, hopefully, can find joy in theirs. We laugh, pray, cry, and love every moment together, as we look for the light at the end of the tunnel, and find incredible joy in our journey!

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon, which means I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Yes, they are one and the same. To me, being a Mormon is not just a religion; it is a way of life. It is what I am, and what I do. My understanding and knowledge of God, Christ and his church, lead me to do the best that I can, to be honest in all that I do, to be kind, respectful, dedicated to service, gives me a perspective on the purpose of life and why we are all here, and most importantly gives meaning to my life.

How I live my faith

I have always felt the need to serve, whether as a police officer in my community, or as a member of the church. Christ himself set the example for service, and reminded us how it should be done with the Parable of the Good Samaritan. I have always tried to make a difference in my community while at work, and as a member of the church. Through my membership in the church I try to live by the Christian appellation that we are all 'family' and we should be 'willing to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light...willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort.' As I have extended a helping hand to others in need, to provide relief during their difficult days, I have always found myself strengthened, and appreciating a deeper sense of peace. That peace brings joy and happiness to my life!

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Death does not need to be the end of our relationships with cherished loved ones. The Lord revealed to Joseph Smith that the “same sociality which exists among us here will exist among us there [in eternity], only it will be coupled with eternal glory” (Doctrine and Covenants 130:2). Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Death is not the end. Death is really a beginning—another step forward in Heavenly Father’s plan for His children. Someday, like everyone else, your physical body will die. But your spirit does not die, it goes to the spirit world, where you will continue to learn and progress and may be with loved ones who have passed on. Death is a necessary step in your progression, just as your birth was. Sometime after your death, your spirit and your body will be reunited—never to be separated again. This is called resurrection, and it was made possible by the death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ (see 1 Corinthians 15:20-22). Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Have you ever thought there must be something more to life than just living day to day? There is—much more. Your life has a divine purpose. God, your Heavenly Father, has prepared a marvelous plan for your happiness. When you realize that God has a plan for you, it is easier to understand why you are on this earth. God wants all of His children to progress and become more like Him. This time on Earth provides opportunities for you to grow and progress. Coming here allows you to: - Receive a physical body. - Exercise agency and learn to choose between good and evil. - Learn and gain experience that will help you become more like your Heavenly Father. - Form family relationships that may become eternal. By following our Heavenly Father’s plan, you—like all of His children—can someday return to live with Him and with your loved ones. You can have greater peace in this life and eternal joy in the life to come. Show more Show less