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Hi I'm Jeff

I'm balding and I make lame jokes - obviously just a typical mormon.

About Me

Talking about myself is one of my hobbies, which is too bad with my boring background. I claim St. Louis as my hometown to sound cooler than Utah, but I honestly only lived there for the first two months of my life. I couldn't tell you how to get there... from anywhere. I've always wanted to be witty, but most of my funniest comments come to me about 3 seconds too late. I'm a college student just trying to figure out what to do with life. There are a lot of question marks in my life plan, but I know that I want to love Christ and love other people. I'm a real softy (blame my dad for those genes...), but put me on a basketball court and I become dang unpleasant to be around. Still looking for a way to curb my competetiveness...

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints entails the true gospel of the Savior. His teachings can be found in everything the church leaders teach and strive to do. Believing makes me happy - it gives me a goal and a plan. In the past, I've visited a lot of other church services. I have found that although, for the most part, the members are encouraged to live good lives, the pastors and ministers fail to incorporate the spirit of truth in their teaching. They teach with their knowledge and lack the authority necessary to hold a position in God's kingdom. I'm grateful to have church leaders I can trust - that has made all the difference for me. I love the simplicity of God's commandments. Although I fail daily to live them perfectly, I've seen miracles of God worked in my own life. I know that Joseph Smith truly saw God and brought forth the Book of Mormon. I know this book is true - not by the mountains of archeological evidence, but by the undeniable spirit that emanates into my soul as I read it.

How I live my faith

For a long time, the gospel was just something I did. Like playing basketball, making websites, or hitting the lake - it was just one of a lot of things that took up my time. Then I changed. I realized that faith in Christ is meant to enrich my life, not detract from other things I could be doing. I still have those hobbies that make me excited, but because of my relationship with the Savior, I can be happy even when life gets dull. The Savior has helped me become a lot less self-centered. My life isn't defined by personal accomplishments, abilities, and friends. The very happiest moments of my life have been when I've watched people change their lives to be like Christ. There is no better feeling than to help someone you really, really love find forgiveness. I live my faith by doing my best to love people. Finding a few minutes every day to study the scriptures is extremely important to me. While I search the scriptures, all of my defenses are down. My heart opens - the words in the Book of Mormon have a huge effect on me. I love it.

What is faith?

Faith is the means by which God works on this earth. Prophets throughout time had the amazingly strong faith necessary to work miracles and lead God's people correctly. Christ had perfect faith, and was thereby able to live a perfect life, having a perfect knowledge of what was to come. Faith is a spiritual gift. Like a muscle, it grows and develops when exercised. When ignored, it becomes useless and it fails to save you. The myth of "saved by grace alone" denies Christ's command to serve, love, and do all that you can do. It is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do (see James 2:17). Faith is refusing to distrust God even when things aren't working out. A recent prophet in the church, Gordon B. Hinckley, said, "Things always work out in the end. If things aren't working out, it's not the end." Show more Show less