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Hi I'm Jesse

I was born and raised in Arizona. I'm an electrician, still working in the family business. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a dad and a husband. My wife and I have been married almost 10 years and we're still happy! I am an electrician and have done that most of my life. I find great satisfaction in a job well done. I never finished college, and at times regret that, but I am happy with the job that I have. I have to get in a full week of work to feel accomplished. If I sit around too much, I get restless. I like to play softball. I like to play basketball down at the local gym or church. I hate exercising, unless it's fun, like a pick-up basketball or football game on Thanksgiving, or taking a jog with my wife. Scouting is important to me. I am an Eagle Scout. I enjoy going camping with the Scouts. I really love a good campfire. The only time I feel it's acceptable to "waste time" is on vacation with my family. I love spending time with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church, and was raised a member by my parents. I grew up in an area where there were many kids my own age who attended my church. We supported each other in the church, and more importantly we supported each other's values. All through high school, I was taught good morals and values. This was a strength to me, and I recognized at a young age the peace and happiness that comes from being chaste and virtuous. At the age of 17, I looked forward to serving a mission for the church. I began preparing, saving my money, reading the scriptures, and wondering where I would be sent. When I was 19, I was called to serve a mission in Santa Rosa, California: spanish speaking. I served there teaching others about Jesus Christ and His Gospel, and His Atonement. This was a 2-year assignment. Those 2 years proved to be a foundation for me as a member of the church. What I mean by that, is by studying the Gospel, and teaching others about Jesus Christ, I was blessed by the Spirit or Holy Ghost to know that Jesus Christ lives, and He is my Savior. I could see the love He has for all of us on this earth. I came to know by that same Spirit, that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. He sacrificed so much so we could have more knowledge today of Jesus Christ and His plan for us. I love this Church. I love Jesus Christ! I am NOT a perfect example of how to follow Him, but I know I can do better, and that through Christ, I can be forgiven of my mistakes.

How I live my faith

I try the best I can to be honest in all I do. I don't mislead the supervisor at work, and if I make a mistake, I let them know. I admit when the basketball touches me last before going out-of-bounds. I try to lead our home in prayer, even though my wife does such a better job at this than I do! I think of ways to teach my children to have faith in Jesus Christ, to trust God with prayer, and to obey good parents. I try to be a good father. I try to be a good sport when I play sports. It brings too much stress to be arguing with other players and trying to manipulate situations in a game that doesn't matter. I am positive and happy, and I hope it spreads to others. I have the opportunity to serve in the church. I get to help out in the local Spanish congregation. I get to help organize scout camps, and other youth events. I love these assignments and try to help out the best I can. At times, this gets overwhelming and I find myself neglecting my family, so finding a balance is key. When I am at church, I really try and focus on the Savior, my personal relationship with Him, and what I can do to be more like Him. I pray every day to our Father in Heaven. He is God and He knows me! It is an honor for me to be able to thank Him for all I have. I try to make myself available to help others out when they are sick, when they are moving, or whatever. In all these things, I try to do my best. I don't always do my best, but I try. This is how I live my faith.