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Hi I'm Jeff Borgholthaus

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -- a Mormon

About Me

I am the father of eight children, the grandfather of eight and have kind of informally "adopted" a number of fine young people over the years whom my wife and I have grown to love. My wife and I have been married nearly 32 years. We have lived in Maryland, USA, for most of the past 25 years and this is where our children have been basically raised. I work as an electrical engineer for the Department of Defense for the United States of America. I love to read and dabble a bit in photography. I have been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all of my life.  

Why I am a Mormon

It was my fortune to be born a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I was taught by my parents of the blessing of having living Prophets and Apostles throughout my life. I have been the great benificiarary of their teachings since my earliest childhood. My parents, through their teachings and example, instilled within me a great desire to be good and to learn how God would have me to live. In my lifetime, I have seen the wisdom of living the principles of chastity, honesty, kindness, purity of language and thought, refraining from alcohol, tobacco and other such commandments. I have been blessed to have been able to avoid many of the sorrows that come to people through violation of these principles. I have been able to watch the Holy Priesthood of God used to unite husbands, wives and children to each other forever in the Holy Temples. I have been able to participate in blessings given to others through this authority and with the guidance of the Holy Ghost where people's lives were changed, where they received the strength they needed to meet the trials of life, where they were healed from illnesses, and where the great atonement of Christ healed them of their sins. I have felt the cleansing power of the Messiah remove the terrible burden of sin from my life and the lives of others as they come unto him, repent and receive the sacred ordinances of salvation of which baptism is first. I have witnessed the joy that comes into people's lives as they mold their lives in conformity with the teachings of Christ through his prophets. I have felt the presence of the Lord near me, guiding me, comforting me and teaching me how to be. I have learned through the mercy and grace of Christ that this is His work. This is His kingdom. This is where a fulness of happiness may be found. This is where I choose to be. May God bless us always. 

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to be good. I try to emulate the kindness I see in the stories of Jesus as I read the Holy Scriptures. I want to have the gentle guidance of the Comforter promised by Jesus in my life to help me. I try to listen. I try to learn by reading and pondering the writings contained in the Scriptures. I seek the guidance and blessings of the Lord through prayer, contemplation and the words of his holy prophets and apostles, both living and dead. As I am given assignments within his church and kingdom, I try to fulfill them as best I can and to get to know and love those with whom I am called to serve. I want to help people to be as happy as they are willing to become. What a great life this is!

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Jeff Borgholthaus
The gift of the Holy Ghost is a wonderful thing made available through the ordinances of the Holy Priesthood. As one enters the Lord's kingdom through baptism, authorized holders of this Priesthood place their hands on their head and pronounce upon them the right to now receive this blessing. Through careful obedience to the commandments, the Holy Ghost will quietly minister to them and help them to perfect their lives and become perfect in Christ Jesus. It will help each of us to more perfectly understand how the will of the Father and the grace of Jesus will bring joy into our lives and give us the desire and courage to be good and holy. It will teach us how to serve our fellowman and how to live in peace with all of God's creations. Over time, as we carefully listen to its quiet promptings, it will sanctify us and prepare us for life with Jesus, Heavenly Father, our families and all the holy angels for eternity. It is the means through which we learn how to become one with Jesus as He is with the Father. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Jeff Borgholthaus
 I remember thinking about this for a long time. It seemed there was a loop with faith that was difficult to get on -- you needed faith to pray, yet, you were to pray to have faith. Where does one begin? I learned how to start through reading the Book of Mormon. In the very first chapter, a prophet, Lehi, is concerned about the wicknesses of the people where he lived. We learn of how he goes off by himself and asks God what he should do. In answer to his prayer, he sees the Messiah and many holy angels who taught him many things. As I read and pondered this experience, it became clear to me, I could do the same. The first thing I needed to do was to just humbly talk to God. Over the years, faith grows stronger and it is ever easier to pray. What a great blessing this has been to me. To know I can come before the throne of God and he will listen to me -- any time, any where and about any thing. I am so grateful. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Jeff Borgholthaus
The Bible is a wonderful book. In "The Book of Mormon", an angel refers to it as "The Book of the Lamb of God!" 1 Nephi 1338 Isn't that a great thing? It teaches me of the dealings of God with his children from the time he created them through the ministry of his Holy Son and the Apostles He chose. I am so grateful for it and it has blessed my life to have been able to read its teachings many times throughout my life.  Show more Show less