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Hi I'm Jerry.

I am a husband, a father of six, an engineer, a salesman, a business owner and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in South Carolina and was the seventh child in a family with twelve children, six boys and six girls! I remember my father being asked by a friend following the birth of one of my siblings how many kids he planned to have. He responded that he had always heard that things were cheaper by the dozen so he guessed he would stop at twelve. Sure enough, that is what my parents did but I don't think the "cheaper" part worked out as expected. My family didn't really practice any religion. We were poor, like everyone else we knew, and I guess it took all of my parents time just trying to feed us and keep us in clothing. However, when I was 12 years old, I met the Scout Master of the local Mormon sponsored Boy Scout troop and he asked if I would like to join the troop. I was very excited to do so and quickly grew to love the scouting experience and the boys and leaders I met with. When I was going on fourteen years old I took the missionary discussions, gained a testimony of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and was baptized. I still remember my baptism very clearly, forty years later. It was and is a very important day in my life. I went on to serve a mission in San Diego, California where I had the priviledge of sharing the gospel with many wonderful people. Following my mission I attended BYU where I met my wonderful wife and 30 years later she is still trying to make something good out of me! We now have six children of our own and live in the great state of Georgia. As the old saying goes, "Life is good!"

Why I am a Mormon

The answer to "Why I am a Mormon?" is simple. I believe with all my heart that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. When I took the missionary discussions forty years ago the Holy Spirit bore a powerful witness to me that the things the missionaries were teaching were true. Since then I have had it reconfirmed to me again and again through sacred spiritual experiences. I know that I have a Father in Heaven that loves me regardless of the mistakes I have made or will make in the future. His love is truly unconditional. And I know that I have an elder brother, Jesus Christ, who paid the price for my sins so that I could be forgiven. All that is required of me is a "broken heart and a contrite spirit" and a daily commitment to live my life as He would have me live. I have learned that my greatest happiness comes through living as my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have taught.

How I live my faith

One of my greatest joys is sharing the gospel with others. And the best way I have found to share the gospel is by living the teachings of Jesus Christ every day the best I can. As Christ said, "Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in Heaven." This I try to do. Sure, I have made my share of mistakes and probably will in the future. But I am trying to do what is right each day and I think that is what Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ wants each of us to do. I also love to spend time with my family and the older I get the more I enjoy it. My life is too busy, too full, most days and that makes it hard to do everything I want to do. But spending time with my wife and kids has become my favorite past time. In my local congregation I am currently serving as an adviser to the young men aged 16 - 18. What a great joy that is for me. I love these young men and I am constantly amazed by their strength of character and their love for their Savior. I look forward to working with them every week because I benefit so much from the experience.

What is the priesthood?

Priesthood is the name that we call the power of God. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ use their power, their priesthood, to create worlds, heal the sick, perform miracles, etc. Heavenly Father allows faithful men to receive and use the priesthood, His power, to serve His children here on earth. When Heavenly Father gives a man His priesthood He is also giving that man permission, or authority, to represent Him. It is through the power and authority of the priesthood that we teach the gospel, perform baptisms, give blessings, conduct church meetings, etc. In fact, every thing we do in the church is under the authority of the priesthood. Without that authority we are not authorized to represent Him.  Show more Show less