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Hi I'm Jack

I'm a father and a grandfather. I am also retired Navy. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I served in the US Navy for 24 years; I started out as a Radioman serving in Viet Nam, then in a destroyer. After receiving my BA degree, I returned to the navy, retiring as a Lieutenant Commander, Surface Warfare. During my career I served on two destroyers, two frigates, two minesweepers and two aircraft carriers. I even had shore duty twice, not counting my first overseas tour. I now work in the construction industry and am having a great time.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I grew up in a small Utah community, I had no appreciation for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, even though I was a member of the Church and had a strong belief in God. Moving to a neighboring state in my late teen-age years did nothing to change my behavior or attitude in regards to church activity. I was in my Freshman year at a state college when I responded to an invitation from a returned missionary to attend church services at the student ward. It was then that I felt a need to get closer to God and Jesus Christ through repentance and obedience to His commandments. This was the turning point in my life; I repented of my sins and felt the cleansing power of the atonement of Jesus Christ. From that day forward I have tried to keep the commandments, to serve God and Christ to the best of my ability and to "be an example of the belivers" in all that I do.

How I live my faith

Following my conversion in college, I anxiously accepted a mission call, and served in Canada for two wonderful years. During my 24 years in the Navy, I served as the LDS group leader on board each ship through several extended deployments (to the Pacific, North Atlantic, Mediterrean, and the Middle East). I have taught classes for the teen agers in both Sunday School and what we call "Seminary" for high school age youth. I have also taught adult Sunday School classes, covering the topics of Gospel Essentials and the more advanced Gospel Doctrine courses. For almost 15 years I have also worked in various positions for the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts of America, including District Commissioner, Assistant District Commissioner, Scout Committee Chairman, and WEBELOS Den Leader. In each case, I have strived to be a positive example of what a Latter-day Saint should be. I have also had the sacred oppoortunity to twice serve as an Ordinance Worker in the temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This work can bring one very close to God, as you serve the patrons who come to the temples and perform the saving, sacred ordinances performed there.