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Hi I'm J. J.

I'm a husband and father of 7 children. I love the outdoors and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and so I was a Boy Scout. Scouting is what boys and young men in the Church do. And so I developed a love for the mountains, backpacking and fishing at a young age. Scouting not only helped me realize I could accomplish difficult things (like carry a backpack for 50+ miles), but I could have a lot of fun doing them. My love of the outdoors has been contagious for my children, it seems. The anticipation leading up to a backpacking trip is greater than that leading up to Christmas. And the trips are always more memorable. There's nothing like simple time with my family, uninterrupted by modern electronic technology.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because the teachings, principles and doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints make this life make sense. There is recorded in the New Testament, an encounter between a woman from Samaria and Jesus at Jacob's well. He asked her to draw water from the well for him. She questioned Jesus why He, a Jew, would speak to her. He instructed the woman that if she knew who He was, she would have asked Him for living water. He further taught that all who would drink from Jacob's well would thirst again, but all who drink from the water he gives shall never thirst again. The "water" flowing from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has quenched my thirst for truth. It contains the "living water" He spoke of because it is literally His Church. I wake each morning knowing who I am, where I came from and why I am on this planet. The doctrines of the Church fill me deeply with purpose and joy. I'm a Mormon because the love I have for my wife and 7 children would be frustrated at the idea that family relationships end at death. a fundamental doctrine of the Church is that family relationships survive beyond the grave. I have a daughter who passed away at the age of 2 years old. She was born with many physical disabilities, but had a smile and love that connected heaven to our home. Despite the pain of separation and the longing to be near her, the sting is dulled and my knowledge is sure that my wife and I and the rest of our children will be with her again someday, never to be separated again! This knowledge has come to me as a result of following the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints like an experiment. I'm a Mormon because Heavenly Father answered my prayers to know that it is His Church.

How I live my faith

I currently serve as an assistant to the Bishop of our congregation. His role is similar to that of a Pastor. Together with his other assistants, we minister to individuals and families in our congregation. My favorite thing to do is visit the members of our congregation in their homes. They are incredible people that inspire me to want to serve and be better. I really love them a lot. We also help coordinate the organization of various activities and events. We always have a great time together, especially when friends from other faiths join us. Everything we do is designed to help each others be true disciples of Jesus Christ and invite others to follow him.