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Hi I'm Jeremy

I'm an academic librarian, a husband and father of four, and a yogi. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in California, but now I live in Pennsylvania with my wife and four children. I love to learn, and even though I've graduated--three times!--I will always consider myself a student. That's one of the reasons I enjoy working in an academic library. I like to read and sing, to do yoga, and to cook and bake. Most of all, I like to spend time with my family--talking with my wife, reading with my kids, playing games as a family, or just being silly together.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was raised in the church, I think of myself as a convert to this faith, because I sought and received my own spiritual confirmation that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Christ's true church restored to the earth in our day. That conviction is centered in my belief that the Book of Mormon was divinely inspired and that it teaches the pure gospel of Jesus Christ. I love the Bible, but the Book of Mormon teaches the principles of Christ's gospel with amazing clarity and simplicity. As I have read and reflected on its teachings, I have repeatedly felt enlightened by the Spirit of God. In its pages, I find strength and inspiration to resist temptations, to face challenges with faith, and to love those around me. I also love being a Mormon, because of the Church as an organization and for the community it provides. The Church gives me so many opportunities to serve other people and to put my faith into action. We have no professional clergy; all of us as members serve in various capacities to run the church and to care for each others' physical and spiritual needs. The Church also ties me into a community of believers, people who share my values and who care about me and my family. My ward "family" has helped me and my family with everything from car troubles and loading moving trucks to coping with the death of a parent. And perhaps more importantly, I've been blessed by having opportunities to help others through similar challenges.

How I live my faith

My faith is central to all the activities of my life. I study from the scriptures (the Bible and the Book of Mormon) each day and try to use the principles they teach to find answers to the challenges of my life, whether it's in my job or--more often--in my work as a husband and father. I also pray each day to thank God for my blessings and to ask Him for help and guidance in raising my children or helping others. It's a constant struggle to become more like Jesus Christ, but it's a process that has brought deep peace and joy to my life.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Ours is an active faith--very active. God wants us to become like Him and His Son Jesus Christ, and to help us do that, He invites us to assist Him serving in the church. Each one of us as members has an important role to play and collectively we run the church. We each receive a call to serve in some capacity for a period of time--typically a couple of years. Whether large or small, each call is an opportunity to serve as Christ served, to love, to sacrifice, and to help other people. Often these "callings" seem beyond our capacity, but when we trust God and do our best, we grow in marvelous ways that strengthen our faith. Jesus always invited others to come follow Him, and serving in the church helps us change from passive recipients of the word of God to active doers of it. Show more Show less