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Hi I'm Jeff

I'm an Assistant Professor of Business Management and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married to a wonderful woman and we have five awesome children and three grand children. I teach Business Management at a large state university. I play piano and guitar. I am also an Apple fan.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family, but like all members, I had to gain my own testimony. Since I grew up in the church, I kind of just took it for granted that it was true. But when I was 19 I decided to serve a two year mission for the church. It was on my mission that I had an experience that solidified by belief in the church. We were teaching a young man about the church and he was trying to decide if it was true. The best way to find out if the church is true is to read the Book of Mormon and pray for a witness from God that it is true. If the Book of Mormon is true, then Joseph Smith (who translated it through the gift and power of God) was a modern prophet. And if he was a prophet then the church he set up is true. We asked our friend to pray with us and ask God if it was true. He said a simple prayer saying that he had been reading and wanted to know if the Book of Mormon was true. As he paused, the Spirit spoke to my heart and told me that our friend had also received a witness. When he said amen, I explained that what he felt was the Holy Ghost telling him it was true. He told us that he had felt it and wanted to join the church and be baptized. So while I always just knew it was true, I count that as my conversion story as well

How I live my faith

I now am a part-time missionary in my local congregation. I help teach people who want to learn more about the church and help those who have stopped coming to church to come back and be more involved.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Jeff
In the Old and New Testament, God called prophets. Why? He did so, because he loves his children and knew that without His guidance, they would make mistakes and not know how to deal with things they had not encountered before. Much of the Old Testament was basic instructions to his children. But the people of the New Testament already had the Old Testament, wasn't that enough? Because the world was changing God needed to have prophets in the New Testament, because he needed a way to get his word to his children. The Old Testament was important, but they needed new revelation for their changing times. God still loves us today, and while the Bible provides us with great instruction and basic doctrines, we need to know what God wants for us in the unique circumstances of our modern life. Certainly, if times were difficult enough that God needed to communicate with his children thousands of years ago, they are hard enough today, that he just wouldn't leave us on our own to just try to figure out how to live with the unique challenges we face. So, God called a living prophet, starting with Joseph Smith, and there has been an uninterrupted line ever since. These men are not fortune tellers, they don't predict the future, but they communicate God's will for us and help us to know how to live our lives in a way that we can avoid the things that inevitably bring unhappiness and help us to know what to choose to bring us the greatest joy. I know these men are prophets, because when I follow their council, my life is happy and successful. And when I don't, things just don't go well. And in the end, that is what God want for us more than anything else, for us to be as happy as we can possibly be. Show more Show less