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Hi I'm Jay Morrison

I grew up in Colorado but now live in Utah. My wife is a convert but I have pioneer ancestry. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up and Boulder, Colorado and love to go back and visit when ever I can. I served a mission in Alaska and loved it. I attended college at Ricks College in Rexburg Idaho and BYU in Provo Utah where I graduated with a degree Electrical Engineering. I now work as a software engineer in Draper Utah. I love the outdoors including hiking and camping which makes Utah a wonderful home for me. I also enjoy photography and researching my family history. I have been married to my wife for just over 20 years and we have 6 terrific children. We are a combined family because our marriage is the second for both of us. I had two boys and she had two girls when we got married. We have two boys together. Our family has had our share of trials but we are strong today. We all share a deep and abiding love for one another because we try our best to love each other as our Heavenly Father does.

Why I am a Mormon

Both of my parents were already members of the church when I was born so I am what you call "born in the church". I have heard many times in my life that a person will generally be of a particular faith because they are born into it. My choice to be a Mormon is influenced by the way I was born and raised but it is not the biggest factor. I am a Mormon because I can find reason to be. There was a time in my life when I took a serious look at leaving the church. Early in my life I did all the things that was expected of me. I always went to church, I got an education, I served as a missionary and I got married in the temple. After having two little boys, my marriage fell apart and I lost what was most precious to me. My family. I felt total failure because I had been taught that no success can compensate for failure in the home. I thought that since I had done all that was expected of me, God should have protected me from losing my family. I began to doubt all that I had been taught about my faith. I wondered if it was really worth it to stay in the church. Somehow as I contemplated the path my life should take, I found reason to have hope that even though it had not worked as I would have expected, there would be a better day if I stayed with my faith. There were more dark days but the time came where light shined brightly for me. The Lord led me to a new soul mate and we began to rebuild our lives together. We both found reason to be a Mormon. I stayed in the faith and my wife decided to join. Life has not been easy but it has been fulfilling. Following the commandments and serving in the church has been a sacrifice but one that is well worth it.

How I live my faith

My life is my friends, family and my faith. I have been blessed with great friends. One of the most enjoyable things to do in my life is simply spending time with my friends. Having dinner together, going to a ball game or a walk in the park. It doesn't matter. My life is better for that. I have been blessed with a wonderful family. There is no one on earth that I love more than my family. I've been blessed with great parents, wonderful bothers and sisters, and terrific children. Most of all, I have the best wife any man could hope for. She is the greatest anchor in my life and she is the individual that has the greatest influence on who I am as a person. I serve as priesthood assistant leader for one of the men's organizations in our congregation. I do my best to be a faithfully help in the fellowship of our congregation members. Recently I was asked to help one night a week in the Mount Timpanogos Temple. I also support my wife in her position as a leader for the youth in our congregation. I spend a lot of time with my church. One of my favorite quotes comes from Joseph Smith, the founder of our church. He said "a religion that does not require the sacrifice of all things never has the power sufficient to produce the faith necessary unto life and salvation." I believe this with all my heart and soul. It doesn't mean that I by any means am perfect at serving God nor do I wake up everyday with a perfect attitude. It is, however, one of the guiding principles of my life. In other words, I try to give back more than I've been given. No one can fix all the problems in the world. We can help bare the burdens of those close to us.