Hi I'm Jeff
I have always been a very driven, focused on goals and achievements for as far back as I can remember. I have a mountain of interests, and far too many hobbies. I enjoy golf, photography, learning the guitar and fooling with cars. I am a combat veteran and have spent some time in the Middle East. Above all else I prize my faith and family relationships. I am married to a wonderful woman and we have been blessed with marvelous children.
Why I am a Mormon
As a young Mormon in North Carolina, I always understood that my faith was not typical, and in some cases it was resented. Being a Mormon meant you were different, like it or not. I was fortunate to have great friends and the luxury of sports and clubs to help me find my niche in school. Still, it was hard to live up to the standard of my faith. Though I was far from perfect, I like to hope that many of the things I avoided as a youth were a testament to the faith that I had, even then. As it was, the temptations of youth served to make me question my faith at a very early age. I needed to determine why it was that I would not do many of the things my peers considered "normal fun". I began to examine what I really believed, and those early years found me reading scripture, thinking and praying about what I read. I had good examples in my family--my parents and siblings--and they helped me through the tough and trying times as I struggled to develop my own faith. If I had to summarize, it was the Book of Mormon that was the key to my growing faith. Since I was a boy I have read and studied it, just as I have the Bible. I know that the Book of Mormon is truly the Word of God, and that it was revealed to Joseph Smith, a modern prophet. I know these things because the Spirit of God has whispered to my soul (more times than I can count) that these things are true. My faith is centered on a few simple principles. 1. I know that there is a God, and he is our Heavenly Father. 2. I know that Jesus Christ is his divine Son, that He atoned and died for our sins and that He lives again. 3. I know there is a purpose to our lives, and that God wants all his children to return to him after developing themselves during this life through Jesus Christ. 4. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ was restored through a modern prophet of God, Joseph Smith. And through the power of God he translated the Book of Mormon, which is ancient scripture and another testament of Jesus Christ. These foundational principles are at the heart of my faith, which helps me to do the right things with my life, and has made ALL the difference for good in my life.
How I live my faith
One of the truly wonderful things in our church is the fact that there is no paid clergy. We literally minister to one another. We receive "callings" through ecclesiastical leaders, and they can range from teaching Sunday School to leading music to working with the youth, etc., etc., etc. I have been fortunate to enjoy a variety of different callings over the years, and each has had its challenges and successes. Currently I serve in the Young Men's organization, and I love it. The interaction I have with them is a breath of fresh air. I am reminded constantly of how difficult it is to do the right things in this day and age--and yet they do it. I help develop their lessons, their service opportunities and fun. I couldn't ask for a better calling.