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Hi I'm Jeff

I was born and raised in North Carolina before I went off to school and eventually joined the Air Force. I am a Mormon.

About Me

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.

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

No, but it will encourage us to exercise our rights to vote and participate in our own government. The Church DOES take a stand on certain issues that have clear definitions of right and wrong with respect to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Immodest dress encourages unchaste thinking. Such thoughts (when indulged) invariably lead to actions and advances, unwelcome or not. Parents should not only provide a good example for their children, but speak frankly and respectfully regarding the important role of dress and grooming in the messages we send to others. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

No. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Homosexuality is a sin, similar in gravity to pre-marital sex, adultery and other such sins. These types of sins are so dangerous because of their potential to wreak havoc on the souls of individuals and families. We know that our Father in Heaven has a plan for the eternal destiny of His children, and families are the foundation of that destiny. The Lord has defined a family as marriage between a man and a woman. And He has told us that gender is an eternal quality of tremendous importance. Children are entitled to both a mother and a father, as both will have inherent qualities designed to complement each other in the building of families. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Yes. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

They typically discuss the foundational principles of our faith. They will have a plan for each visit, but they will adapt to individual circumstances as they teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Jesus once told a man named Nicodemus that a man (or woman) must be born of the water and of the Spirit to enter into the Kingdom of God. We know that being born of the water is to be baptized. The Priesthood of God provides the authority to accomplish that baptism, and since we believe that authority is valid only in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, we baptize our new members. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Through modern prophets we understand that the Lord intends for men and women to work together for the salvation of His children, but with distinct responsibilities. He has reserved the Priesthood for His sons and Motherhood for His daughters. Women's bodies are quite literally the vessels of His children before they are born. Men are the vessels of the Priesthood, which is the authority to administer ordinances (like baptism) and preside over the church. The Priesthood should never be viewed as a mark of supremacy or rank, but rather as a duty and responsibility. The Lord has made it clear that His sons and daughters stand before him on equal ground. Women serve alongside the men in the Church, and in positions of tremendous responsibility and influence. Show more Show less