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Hi I'm Jeff

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a Senior in college with a major in Finance and a minor in non-profit management. I returned from an LDS mission in the Amazon region of Brazil in the end of August 2010. Most importantly I was married on June 24, 2011 to the most amazing girl in the world and we are loving every minute of it. I like anything outdoors, including: skiing, biking, hiking, spelunking, four wheeling, horseback riding, snowmobiling, surfing, wake boarding, tubing, and long boarding. I also like all the traditional sports like: basketball, football, soccer, baseball, volleyball, tennis, golf, and racquetball. I am passionate about humanitarian and nonprofit work, and service. I am especially interested in poverty alleviation including the fields of micro-enterprise education, micro-finance, and micro-franchising.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family of devout Mormons and was raised learning the principles taught in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I learned about Jesus Christ and how to be a good Christian. I also was taught about Joseph Smith and the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ and His church in these modern days. I learned of prophets like Noah, Moses, and Abraham; but also learned about Gordon B. Hinckley and other modern-day prophets. I also was taught about the Bible and about another testament of Jesus Christ--the Book of Mormon. I felt like I knew all of these things to be true and it all made sense to me in my mind and heart. However, when I was about 18 and getting ready to go on a mission for the church when I turned 19, I decided I needed to know for myself. I started reading the Book of Mormon every day and praying to know if it was true. It took some time for me to really get an answer, but I now know it was because I was asking in the wrong way. The day that I received an answer that the Book of Mormon is true, I asked God very directly and His response was very direct in return. For me I felt in both my mind and heart that the Book of Mormon is true and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Christs church upon the earth. It was a feeling of joy, peace, and calmness that I cannot accurately describe but I know now, as well as I did at the moment that what I felt came from God and was an answer to my simple prayer. I have had many similar experiences in my life, like when I asked if Jesus really died for me, if God loves me, and if Joseph Smith was a prophet. In all these experiences and many more I felt the same thing in my heart and mind. For these many reasons and especially from the simple fact that living the gospel of Jesus Christ brings me a happiness and joy impossible to find somewhere else I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I try and live my faith as simply as I can and one step at a time. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is so simple, yet at the same time we can study it and try and live it our whole lives but there will always be room for improvement and we can always learn more. The main thing I try and do as a member of the church is to try and better understand Christs suffering and Atonement for me, and then to repent and change. It's not an easy process but it is a daily process of learning and changing. Three simple things I try and do are: read in the scriptures each day, pray and talk with my Father in Heaven every morning and night, and attend/participate in church services each Sunday. There are a lot of other aspects of the church and opportunities to serve, but as I try and perfect the basics I find the other parts seem to fall in to place. I am a simple but happy Mormon.