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Hi I'm Jeff Gurvine

I'm a Mormon, an engineer, a husband, father and & grandfather. I love cars. Swimming is my exercise of choice.

About Me

 I am a husband, father and grandfather. I work part time as an engineer for Raytheon Missile Systems. I graduated from college and later obtained two master's degrees. My hobbies are cars and family history. I have written a few books. I speak French and have lived there twice for a total of about 4 years.

Why I am a Mormon

As a boy, I received a Bible from my grandmother. I read parts of it and knew it was the word of God. At age 18, my childhood friends had mostly moved away or gone to other schools. I found a new acquaintence from my high school. He was and is LDS. His name is Craig. Craig invited me to play Church sports. I really enjoyed the people, especially the young men our age. After several social activities, I was asked by the missionaries if I would like to know more about the church. Much of what they said was familiar even though I had never attended the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Then the discussions described the visit of Jesus Christ and God the Father to Joseph Smith. I was shocked! No one had ever made such a claim to me. I did not believe it then. They gave me a brochure about Joseph's experiences and asked me to read and pray about it. After finishing the brouchure, I was convinced that Joseph spoke the truth - he had truly seen the Father and the Son, and they did tell him none of the existing churches were true. I knew Joseph was not lying. God spoke to my mind and my heart. I was a convert. I cannot say enough for the friendliness of the Inglewood, California, church members. They showed an interest they helped me they made me feel welcome. One family especially took me in and showed me what LDS family life was like. My own parents and sister are wonderful, but LDS families have something special. After a few years of membership and some rocky behavior, a wise Bishop talked to me about becoming more responsible, advancing in the Priesthood to become an Elder, and getting my life in order. I will be forever thankful for his help. I became a good man - and on my way to becoming a good man of God. Within a few months I went on a mission Belgium and France for 30 months. All of the experiences from age 18 thru 24 changed me completely. I later met my wife and married. We have 4 married children and 16 grandchildren - and we are happy.

How I live my faith

 I have come to learn that one has been baptized and claims he is a a follower of Jesus Christ cannot be a successful phoney. I am either going to be a good man of God, or not. But as important as this decision is, it is not sufficient alone. It has taken me most of my life to realize that all that God asks of us is important. He is a loving Father. I am a father and I understand, now, what my children and grandchildren must do to be happy. Father through Jesus knows and does the same for us. They only ask or command us for out benefit. So, over the years I have yielded to Him, and to the "enticings of the Holy Spirit". It has taken many years for me, but I think I no longer question what He asks. But you should probably ask my family if this is true. I find that learning to avoid temptation is important for me. I cannot allow myself to loiter around temptations, especially those to which I gave into in the past. I must set hard, firm boundaries and never linger around the edges. If I want peace and success, I must turn away. I was a life guard for 4 years, mostly during the summers. I was trained to recognize and react appropriately to dangers of drowning. My training was so good that the first rescue I made was done automatically. After the rescue was finished, I had to think what I had just done. It was so automatic that it came without conscious thought. My reaction to temptation must be just as automatic. I have already been trained I have made up my mind what I want to do. I cannot linger around sin to ask, "what was I going to do?" I must act immediately. I have served in many church assignments. I have learned to love them all. It it working with people that has the biggest reward. My previous calling was as a Bishop in a young adult ward. Currently, my wife and I are ward missionaries.

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Jeff Gurvine
I believe most people believe in God, the creator of the universe. They want to know more about Him. They sense the difference between right and wrong. Most know the difference by practical experience, but also by an inner voice I call our conscience. When tradgety strikes, most people look to God for help and peace. Churches offer God's teachings and a congregation of believers and practioners. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was organized by a Prophet and is based on the doctrines of Jesus Christ as taught by Apostles. It makes the teachings of the Bible come alive and have eternal meaning. It is lead by Jesus Christ and not by man. In this world of turmoil, many churches suffer from bad decisions about God and Jesus' doctrines. Their followers look elsewhere to find the truth. I believe that the LDS church teaches 100 truth. It is a great comfort to me. I have studied many of the teachings and believe them all. That is a great comfort to me. I can give this Church all of my devotion because it is lead by Jesus. Show more Show less

Can husband and wife be together forever? Do you believe that families will live together in heaven?

Jeff Gurvine
 I believe God created us to live forever - that is why the resurrecton of Jesus is so important to us - that we have our body back in perfect working order. I also believe that the relationship of wife and husband in marriage, and children to parents is also meant to last forever - to be eternal. But I also believe these relationships will only be eternal when we build them according to the principles God teaches through His Son. Some of the early wedding ceremonies in various church speak of promises lasting forever. Some now speak more of until "death do you part". I believe Father wants our covenant of marriage to be eternal. In the temples of the Church of Jesus Christ LDS, such covenants are available once again. I know that my wife and I look at our occasional problems in a different light because of our temple marrage covenants or vows. Now, after more than 40 years together, we love each other more, and look forward to the eternities. I have the same belief in the eternal nature of families. The role of father and mother does not end at a child's birth, when they turn 18, 35, or 65. Legal limits may apply acording to our government, but our responsibility to our children from God does not end. This responsibility and the influence it takes to create an eternal family is taught in the principles of Jesus Christ, and the ordinances and covenants are available in the temple. God does not end his love and relationship for us when we "mature" - neither does our love and relationship with our family, if we will make the effort. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Jeff Gurvine
 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as Mormons, does not endorse political candidates or parties. I have been a member of the Church since 1962 and I do not recall any endorsements. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is preached the purpose of good government is taught and the benefits of citizens obeying the laws of the government is preached. We are asked to support good candidates, to learn the issues, and to participate in elections. LDS people run for offices and some are elected. Show more Show less