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Hi I'm Jerry

I was born in Idaho, USA, and grew up mostly in Montana. I served in the US AirForce for 7 years, & I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the husband of a wonderful Sweetheart, I have three grown sons and 2 grandchildren. I am an Industrial Controls Engineer. I really like the fresh smell of the outdoors after a summer rain, and the smell of a new-mowed lawn. I am decidedly partial to Corvette automobiles.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born the son of a man who was a construction worker and an inactive member of the church, and of my mother who started out her marriage to my father as a Lutheran. When I was about 12 years old, I was baptized into the church, but because my family was not active, I qucikly fell into inactivity. Since that time however, over the last 50 years I have read the Book of Mormon and prayed to know if it is true. My Heavenly Father provided me with very special and personal witness that it is true. As I have read the scriptures, including the Holy Bible, prayed, and tried to live the tenants of my faith, I have come to have a rock-solid knowledge - not just belief - that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the Kingdom of God on the Earth prepatory to the second coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I KNOW that I have a loving Heavenly Father that wants me to return and live with Him again. I KNOW that my Savior, Jesus Christ paid the price for my sins if I will be repent of them - in other words, I need to be sorry for them, make up for them as best I can, ask for forgiveness for them from those I have hurt and from Heavenly Father, and promise to never do them again. If I have done these things, through the power of my Savior, my guilt is swept away and the relief from that guilt is a wonderous thing. I feel the love of my Heavenly Father and my Savior, and I long to be with them again.

How I live my faith

The Family is central to our Heavenly Father's plan for our happiness. I try my best to tell and show my family that they are among the most important things in my life, and I try to put them ahead of my own selfishness, although I don't always succeed. I pay my tithing (10% of gross takehome pay) and I try to be as generous in my other offerings as I can (contributions to help the poor, etc). I have 3 families one elderly couple, one widowed woman, and one younger divorced woman that my wife and I visit every month and try to help them with their needs as much as we can. One Sunday a month I teach a group of older men in our congregation. I believe that I stand accountable to God for the way I live my life, for the exercise of my choices, for the expenditure of the resources that my Heavenly Father has provided to me, including time, energy, opportunities for growth, and opportunities to serve and to help others. I believe that we grow the most and we are blessed the most, when we are in the service of otherss.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Jerry
The family is so important because it the the one unit of society that will exist throughout the eternities - or can exist throughout the eternities if we have the proper ordinances performed by those who have the authority to do so These ordinances are performed only in our Holy Temples. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Jerry
Being a member of the Mormon Church is like being a beloved member of a very large and loving extended family. There is almost no place where you can move to or go visit that you won't find a brother or sister who will warmly welcome you into the local family Ward or Branch. And just like a conventional family, this extended family has brothers and sisters that are different from you, but in their own way, they are all trying to become more like our Savior, Jesus Christ. And when adversity and tradjedy strike, you don't stand alone - you have love and helping hands available to lift you and strengthen you and to help bear your burdens with you. You have the love of your Heavenly Father to help you - as evidenced by the help of your ward or branch family. And, when adversity strikes those around you, our Heavenly Father expects that you will likewise reach out and do everything you can to help alieviate their suffering. Show more Show less