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Hi I'm Jeff

Born and raised in Detroit, I love my family, running, modern design, and hot rods. I'm an adopted Southerner and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband and father first of all. I am an architect who practices all over the world, a marathon runner, a white water kayaker, lover of modern art and design, and a Detroit-born car guy and huge NASCAR fan.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because the Gospel of Jesus Christ gives intellectual and spiritual unity to every area of my life. I have read the Book of Mormon dozens of times along with the Bible and in its pages have found answers to every question, challenge, or problem arising in any aspect of my life. I chose to be member of this church in my 12th year as my family began to be active in a Mormon congregation in Detroit. There was a peace, a unity, a strength that I felt as I participated in church activities, and I found in them the strength to avoid many of the problems associated with growing up in the 1970’s. I gained my own testimony of the truth of the gospel in my 16th year while attending a youth conference. The conference ended with a testimony meeting where dozens of teenages stood and bore their testimonies of Jesus Christ and of His restored gospel. The spiritual assurance and feeling of power that filled my soul that day was so overwhelming that it lasted for several days following the conference. Even though each succeeding day it would diminish a bit, I knew the Lord had communicated with me through the Holy Ghost that what I had heard was true. From that time on I have never looked back. Over the years my testimony of Jesus Christ as our Savior has been fortified by my study of the Book of Mormon and the Bible. These two books studied together provide an unshakable foundation upon which we can build our lives. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior, and I know He has restored His church to the earth in this era. The heavens are open and He has once again called prophets and apostles who lead His church today just as in former times. Because I know the Book of Mormon to be true, I also know Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, and that the priesthood authority so long lost from the earth has been restored as well.

How I live my faith

Over the years I have been blessed to have dozens of opportunities to serve in the church and in our community; mostly working with youth groups consisting of teenage young men and young women. We worked together, camped together, served together, and learned the gospel together. “High adventure” trips each summer have included mountain climbing, spelunking, rock climbing, white water rafting and kayaking, canoeing, back packing and mountain biking in various locations all over North America. Some of the best memories of our trips are framed around the “beat the old man challenge”. Each outing would include a challenge with any of the young men, on the trail of their choice, with them riding on mountain bikes and me running on foot; the first one to the end wins. (Author’s note: In 15-years I have only lost to one young man!) I remember sweltering nights lying in my tent on the tarmac at a small airport outside New Orleans as we served on relief trips to help alleviate post-Hurricane Katrina suffering. We rebuilt damaged mobile homes for widows in the backwoods of Mississippi, “mucked” flood ravaged houses in Slidell, and distributed food and water in Jefferson Parish. The LDS Church has no paid ministry, so there are always opportunities to serve. Everyone, including ministers who lead congregations, serve as volunteers. Everyone has a chance to pitch in and work for the overall good of the community. The Lord’s church has taught me everything I know about leadership, about compassion, and about service.