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Hi I'm Jesse

I'm a husband, a father of four, a scientist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a married father of 4 children all age 6 and under. I'm sleep deprived, but hope that will end when they're older. I am a research scientist pursuing an academic career in the biological sciences. I study blood cells. I want to find a cure to heart disease and cancer. In the little spare time I have, I enjoy working with wood - making fun things for my children. I like to read, rollerblade, waterski, play frisbee, play ping-pong, hike, camp, travel, explore. I really like looking at the little things in water like ponds and tide pools. I like standing on my hands.

Why I am a Mormon

In my mind, my parents are the ideal parents. It wasn't difficult for me to realize that much of their goodness comes from the principles they believe in. They taught me these principles, the same principles taught in the Mormon church, from the time I was very young. So naturally, I wanted to be like them. I wanted to believe like them. I prayed as they taught me to, and over time, I began to truly believe that Heavenly Father loves me as my own mother and father love me and that Jesus Christ is the son of God, a manifestation of God's love for us. In the beginning I truly felt God's love for me and have felt it frequently through the many experiences of my life. When I was a young teenager, I prayed earnestly to know also if Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. I felt, and still feel now, that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God, and the Book of Mormon which he translated is true. In the Book of Mormon and from the teachings of the prophets I can feel God's love even more and learn the principles that will help me demonstrate his love to others. This is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

For the most part I live my faith by staying out of trouble and trying to be a good husband and father. It is not always easy to do that, so I say a lot of prayers for help and forgiveness. I make lots of mistakes. I live my faith by correcting those mistakes, asking for forgiveness, and moving on. I live my faith by helping when I'm asked to help. I try to visit the elderly (mostly my grandparents and my wife's grandparents!) as frequently as possible, I try to help the sick (mostly my frequently sick children!), and try to help clothe the naked (including my family!). Each month my family skips a meal and gives the amount we would have spent on the meal to those in need. This helps us forget about ourselves for at least a few hours a month. Lots of people out there are doing a better job than me, but I feel like I'm giving my best and to me that's living my faith.