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Hi I'm Jeff

I'm a Mormon living in New England.

About Me

My wife and I have four teenage children and my oldest will be going to college next year. I really enjoy photography and the outdoors. I lead the marketing organization at an Internet software company. My wife works as an elementary school teacher. We have lived and worked in several cities in the United States and Japan. I learned Japanese as a Mormon missionary and returned to Japan after college to live and work and start a family there. I enjoy visiting Japan once or twice each year on business. I've also traveled extensively around the world and enjoy learning about new cultures and meeting new people. I'm politically unaffiliated and moderate in my views. I believe that God loves and values all of his children regardless of borders, backgrounds, and behaviors.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it connects me directly to God and gives me an effective structure for leading my family, serving my fellowman, and connecting with my ancestors. I was raised in a Mormon family, but discovered the true foundation of my faith through my own exploration as a child and as a teenager. When the momentum of my upbringing dissipated, I discovered that God could speak to my heart directly. I discovered that I could be forgiven for my mistakes and that my fears and insecurities could be placed elsewhere. And I discovered that there are true prophets on the earth now, just as there were in the scriptures. I have had many flashes of vision and insight while praying or reading scriptures or listening to modern prophets. In these small moments, I have felt unimaginable peace, and love, and conviction that have confirmed for me that I am on the right path. As a member of this church, I have had experiences where I have been able to see God working through and around me. Here are a few of the things I have experienced: - I have seen the sick healed. - I have seen visions realized. - I have seen the weak strengthened. - I have seen hard hearts softened. - I have seen guilt and shame and pride replaced by confidence, humility, and love. - I have seen families joined together forever. - I have heard prophets speak and act with the authority of God. I believe that these experiences parallel those of Christians who lived in Jesus' time, and followers of Jehovah throughout history. God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. The more I practice my religion, the more I know that it has a divine origin. I have also discovered that the deeper I go, the easier it is to reconcile the spiritual world with the physical and secular world. I have discovered that spiritual enlightenment and human enlightenment are not mutually exclusive. This electrifies me, because I can start to see that all truth is good and compatible with all other truth.

How I live my faith

I teach a weekly scripture study class for teenagers. This year we are studying the Old Testament. I enjoy helping my students recognize the key themes from the scriptures and helping them find ways to apply the themes to their own lives. My oldest son and I also regularly visit a few families in our congregation to offer assistance and encouragement. Several of these families have had challenges and hardships in the past year, and it has been very rewarding to help them out. Christ taught that we should love one another, and visiting these families is one way I try to follow this commandment. My family and I do our best to contribute generously to our church because we know the money is used wisely and carefully to have maximum impact on our world. Whether it is sponsoring missionaries, humanitarian disaster relief in the third world or paying heating bills for a widow in our congregation, we know our contributions change lives.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Our services welcome everyone, and no special knowledge or commitment is required to participate. We have no professional clergy, so all services are staffed and delivered by volunteers from the congregation. As a result, our services are very simple and personal. You'll hear church members share experiences from their own lives, deliver informal talks based on their own personal study of the Scriptures, and sing hymns together. As part of the services, you will also see teenage young men perform the sacrament of the Lord's Supper as church members quietly seek forgiveness for their mistakes and remember Jesus sacrifice. It is a time of sacred reflection that is the central feature of our Sunday services. Show more Show less