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Hi I'm Jeff Thomas

I am a law professor and a lawyer. I live in Kansas, but work in Kansas City, Missouri. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My greatest rewards come in my roles as a father and husband. I love being a Dad. My wife, Karin, and I have three daughters and one son. We enjoy exploring new places and cultures. We lived for a year in China when I was a Fulbright Fellow there, and years later lived for several months in Russia on a second Fulbright fellowship. I seek variety in my work: I teach US and International law students; write about insurance law, law and culture (including popular culture), and rule of law; designed and run an LL.M. program for foreign students; and help with general administration of the UMKC School of Law. Food is my biggest avocation (eating, cooking, baking, chocolate), but I also travel when I can, listen to music, play squash, follow some popular culture (movies, selected television, and some popular fiction), ride my bicycle, read a little, and occasionally go back packing. Debate was a big part of my high school and college experience, and I am working with a non-profit to support and promote debate in urban areas of Kansas City.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother joined the church when I was four. I was mostly raised in the church, but when I was in college decided to find out for myself if the church was true. I read the Book of Mormon and prayed about it. I received an answer to my prayer that the Book of Mormon was true. I appreciate the clarity the Book of Mormon brings to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As I strive to live the commandments, my faith grows and I have a stronger desire to improve. The Gospel gives me the perspective to understand life and to find comfort and peace in tumultuous time and in the face of challenges and difficulties.

How I live my faith

My faith provides the paradigm for my understanding of the world around me, the conflict between good and evil, the purpose of life, and my relationships to others, from strangers to my immediate family members. I strive for personal integrity, kindness, and charity by study, prayer and trying to obey God's commandments. I may not proclaim my faith verbally perhaps as much as I should, but I enjoy talking about it when it seems appropriate. I love the Book of Mormon and share it with friends, acquaintances, and former students. I try to be a good friend, example and disciple.