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Hi I'm Jeff.

I grew up in Orange County, California, but now I live in the Deep South. I'm a teacher, a writer--and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I live in Mississippi, where I'm finishing up my Ph.D. in English. When I'm not reading or writing or grading something, I like to play the electric guitar that I built. I also run a lot.

Why I am a Mormon

The Bible says that, if we do what's right, God will let us know that what we're doing is correct (see John 7:17). I've been attending The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since I was born, and God fulfilled his promise--He let me know that what I was doing was the right thing to do. When I go to church, I feel peaceful, calm, and content. Additionally, when I was younger, I was asked to pray and ask God if The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true; I found a secluded spot, and I prayed. A deep, still peace came over me, a profound serenity, and I knew that God was telling me--through the Holy Ghost--that, yes, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was His church. Since then, I have kept this experience (and others like it) close to my heart. I am thankful for a loving Heavenly Father who wants me to know the truth.

How I live my faith

I've been asked to serve as a counselor in the "bishopric" of our congregation. Basically, this means I'm a leader in the ward, and I help to make sure all our congregants are doing well, both physically and spiritually. For example, since my call to this position, I've helped with a wedding; funerals; and a service project, where a bunch of us from the ward helped replace a lady's roof that had been damaged in a hurricane. (This is the Deep South, after all.) It's hard work, sometimes, but it feels good.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Nope--we'll help anyone who is in need. For example, in the wake of Hurricane Ike, the Church partnered with Martin Luther King III to help storm-ravaged communities rebuild. I was there--it was great fun, hauling away fallen trees and patching holes in roofs. Show more Show less