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Hi I'm Jeremiah

I wear hats, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I guess I wear a lot of hats. My favorite one to wear is that of a husband and a father. My wife and I struggle sometimes with our six children, but we're heading in the right direction. We've had to toughen up and become more self-reliant since moving to New England and away from our family to follow my academic ambitions. That's another hat or hats--I'm a student and a scientist. It feels like I've been in school forever and that I'll never finish. I work in a science lab here in Massachusetts. Some of my other hats are ones that I wear at church. It's not that I act differently there, but I have a lot to do as I teach, train, and study. Sometimes, when I'm not wearing any of those hats, I'll read a little bit, or play with my soldering iron and some circuitry or with my table saw and spare lumber. More realistically, though, I pull out the tools when one of my kids or my wife notices that something's broken. Luckily, a hat I wear well is that of fix-it man.

Why I am a Mormon

There were people in the past who made the decision to convert to the Mormon faith, possibly leave their family or native land, and come to Zion in answer to the command of a prophet of the Lord. Those are my people, and I thank God for their sacrifice. I didn't have to cross the Atlantic or the Great Plains to be a practice my faith as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but sometimes I have to make difficult choices and stare down obstacles that are daunting in their own right. But I can do it because of the testimony that glows in my heart. It is the same testimony that those men and women who are my ancestors felt burn inside of them--that Jesus is the Christ and that it is only through Him that we can find salvation and eternal life in the kingdom of God. I am blessed to be part of a congregation of Saints here in the heart of Massachusetts. One of the blessings of being a member of this Church is spending time with good people. The service that my family receives and the fellowship that we feel when we're with our brothers and sisters lifts our spirits. I hope I can help some of them as much as they have helped me.

How I live my faith

When I'm not at church or at home, it can be easy to feel alone in my longing to hold to the moral standards that I cherish. I think one of the great blessings the Lord has given me is faith. That faith has grown as I've reached out to my brothers and sisters of different faiths and backgrounds. Talking to people about my beliefs is something that I feel I have a calling to do. I did it for two years as a full-time missionary in Russia when I was a lot younger. I hope I'm at least as convincing and maybe a little better at doing it now. It's great to be caught doing something good and then have a chance to talk about it with someone I know, because, when you get down to the heart of teaching and sharing the Gospel of Christ, I know I have to do it like He did. I need to teach by example.