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Hi I'm Jack

I'm a Mormon and have been so my entire life along with my four sisters and our father. Our mother converted as an adult.

About Me

I am married to my pre-high school sweetheart and we have raised our six children in a mid western town. All of of our children are also grown and married and we have a number of grandchildren. I am an attorney and have been with the same law firm since graduating from law school almost 40 years ago. My wife and I met in our church Sunday school class when we were 11 years old and attended the last two years of high school together. After my church missionary service for two year in Europe, we married in the Salt Lake Temple and continued our education at Brigham Young University while starting our family. My father was raised in the Mormon church but my mother was raised Methodist and joined the Church in Chicago in the 1930's after studying with the missionaries for over two years. Both of my parents came to Chicago to study music which was always emphasized in my home. We were all trained on piano and this curriculum has now continued down two more generations as my wife's family also emphasized the arts her and her siblings. I have always considered myself very involved in the activities of our children whether it be scouting, sports, academics, camps, travel, yard work, landscaping/gardening, or individual hobbies. My insignificant work commute and significant time flexibility has allowed for participation in most family activities which has been a real blessing.

Why I am a Mormon

The easy answer is that my parents were Mormons and therefore I followed along. That was true to a point. I remember asking my father at one time how he knew what the Mormon church taught was true? His response to me was that he had asked his father the same question and then he shared with me what he said was the same answer given to him. "I just need to find out for myself." As I look back, "that finding out for myself" has been a process based on praying and reading the scriptures and acting on what I have learned. I guess I followed the same steps that the Prophet Joseph Smith followed. I was not blessed with a vision but a feeling from within that this is the Savior's church and I can be forgiven for my sins and return and live again with my Heavely Father who created me.

How I live my faith

I realize each day that my beliefs in a Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ impact my reason for living. It is to return and be in their presence again. My actions either contribute or distract from that objective. An otherwise complicated life gets reduced to its simplest denominator. What do I need to do to return to my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ with my wife and children and other loved ones.