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Hi I'm Jeff

I'm from Arizona. I'm a professional tutor. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I work as a math tutor at Yavapai College, and I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Concentration in Marketing, and a Certificate in Business Economics. In addition to being a longtime history buff, I'm interested in practically every subject there is to study, and I have a great interest in political philosophy and historical linguistics. (You might say I'm a major nerd, and I write about a lot of these things on my blog, because what else would a nerd do?) I am also a language buff, and I have read the New Testament in two languages (English and Spanish). I have also read the Book of Mormon in three languages (English, Spanish, and French). I am even trying to learn Ancient Greek at the moment, so I can read the New Testament in the original one day. (That's the goal, anyway - we'll see how well that works out.) And finally, I also like to play the piano, and I can play by ear. I do a lot of jazz and improvisation, but I can play religious music when my congregation needs an accompanist. (I don't think my blues music would be appreciated during sacrament meeting.)

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a good Mormon family that took me to church and taught me the gospel of Jesus Christ. I heard many testimonies from others of the truth of the church, and I had to know for myself whether or not it was all true. When I was about eight years old, I prayed to know if there was a God, if Joseph Smith was a prophet, and if my church was true. I received an answer, and I knew in my heart that it was true. That testimony of Jesus Christ has sustained me through difficult times, and helped me to know good times. I am grateful to my Heavenly Father for allowing me to be taught His truth, and I try to show my gratitude by keeping His commandments as well as I can.

How I live my faith

I was called by my bishop (a local church leader) to be a volunteer assistant clerk for the local congregation. I would not have thought I would enjoy keeping membership records, but I actually found this calling from the Lord a very rewarding experience that has blessed my life immensely. I believe the Lord inspires His authorized servants to make these callings, and that He has His own purposes for individuals and congregations when He issues these callings. I have been blessed in ways I would not have thought possible, and I am grateful to the Lord that He has extended this calling to me to serve as a clerk. I now do finances for the church, and I'm now glad for the opportunity to serve the Lord in this part of His vineyard.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

The prophet Joseph Smith once said that "happiness is the object and design of our existence." Our loving Heavenly Father has a Plan of Happiness for His children. At the center of this plan is the concept of family. Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. The divine plan of happiness enables family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave. Parents can be forever sealed to their children, and husbands can be forever sealed to their wives. I believe the eternal nature of the family is one of the most beautiful truths of the gospel, and I am grateful to the Lord that I can be sealed to my family for time and all eternity. Show more Show less