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Hi I'm Jeff

I'm a Husband, A Father of 6, A Teacher, A Businessman. I'm Happy. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I the father of 6. I am a Husband who has married someone far greater than myself. My family is a large part of my joy and happiness. I am a widower and understand the pain of losing a spouse. I am a divorcee. I love to teach and have taught accounting at a college level, but enjoy teaching the gospel more than anything. I am a seminary teacher. I am a student in life. I am a businessman, and have developed many small businesses. Some have succeeded and many have not. Throughout most of my professional carreer, I have had the opportunity to work with my family. It has brought challenges, but has brought great blessings. In life I have felt the joy of success and the pain of failing. Through all lifes experiences, I have gained great knowledge, patience, understanding, and the desire to share these with others so they may benefit. I love the outdoors and marvel at the creations this earth has to share with us. For 10 years, I had had the opportunity to guide thousands through some of the worlds most beautiful areas. I have found that the beauty of this world testifies of God. I love my freedom, especially the freedom to worship. I enjoy providing for my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I have often thought about "Why I'm a Mormon". Not because I questioned my religion, but because life has a way of forcing one to contemplate their decisions. I am the decendant of a long line of Mormons; who joined the church in the 1830's, and were part of the migration to Utah. Their trials are a testimony to me. They settled in Utah and that is where I was born. My family moved to Alaska when I was 15. There I had the opportunity to see how different being a mormon was. I had the opportunity to teach others and assist them in joining the "Mormon" faith. I was asked many questions about my beliefs, and while I did not always have the answers, I was given the opportunity to find them and grow from such. I was called and served a mission in Southern Utah. I witnessed the astounding transformation that the spirit brought to others as they accepted the gospel. I witnessed the comfort the gospel brings during challenging times. I learned how important the truthfulness of the gospel is in understanding "who I am", and "why I am". I have been married 3 times. I had the great experience of marrying, for time and all eternity, my first wife, who after 12 years, passed from this life to the next after a 2 year battle with cancer. She left me with 3 wonderful children and joined a fourth child who was born still. During my second marriage I experienced the pain associated with abuse and deceipt. This marringe ended in divorce. Although there was great pain, it was far overshadowed by the blessing of a son. Today I am happily married, forever, to one who is truly the greatest blessing in my life. She has accepted me and all my challenges. She has blessed me with another Son and Daughter. She is raising 6 children and teaching them with love and patience. She has shown me over and over why "I am a Mormon". Love, Charity, Kindness, Meekness, Peace, Joy, Service, and an Eternal Perspective. I'm a mormon, because herein is truth and happiness!

How I live my faith

For the past 7 months, I have been teaching the gospel, as a seminary teacher, to 12 to 18 high school students at 6:30a.m. in a log home in rural Alaska. Please keep in mind that I said, 6:30am and high school students in the same sentence. These students travel up to 20 miles to meet before school; sometimes traveling in heavy snow and temperatures that reach 40 degrees below zero. They want to learn the gospel. I am amazed and humbled every morning to witness the fortitude of the youth. Their desires to learn, help me to live my faith. I have coached many youth sports teams. I teach at a local college. I volunteer at our childrens schools. I love being with my family.