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Hi I'm Jay

I'm a Mormon, a husband, a dad, a grandpa and a friend. I love to sing, to teach, and to help others. And I love the Lord.

About Me

I love people, working with them, understanding them, serving and helping them grow. I also love music: listening to it, playing the piano or organ, and especially singing in groups or solo. My favorite music is anything that bears witness of Heavenly Father and his Son, Jesus Christ. I love my wife, my kids, their spouses and our grandchildren. God has blessed me richly with a wonderful family. There have been some trials and tragedies in my family life, but the wonderful news is that I have come to see that God has always been nearby, looking out for me and ready to help me through.

Why I am a Mormon

My ancestors were among the earliest members of the Church, and I have a family history rich in spiritual experiences, but among the legacy left me by my parents was the teaching that I cannot live on "borrowed light"--I was encouraged to prove all things and discover truth for myself. That began to happen as I was a teenager--reading the Book of Mormon and praying for my own witness of its truthfulness. I understood the Gospel, as taught by today's living prophets, and it made complete sense to me--more than anything else I had heard about, but I knew that was not enough. At first, I was full of doubts: How could I be so lucky, among so many people in the world, to be among the relatively small number who were born in families that taught the fullness of the truth. It seemed so unlikely, that I felt it was "too good to be true". But then, I realized that if my family did have the fullness of Christ's gospel, it would be such a waste to ignore it because of skepticism. I also realized that I needed to know for sure that God was real, that he knew me and loved me and that I could trust him completely. I decided to read the Book of Mormon with the purpose of applying the test promised in the last chapter: to learn from God whether or not it was truly His word. As I studied, pondered and prayed, I felt an increasing assurance that this word nourished my soul and brought me closer to God and His Son, Jesus Christ. Then one day, I knew. It was not a fable. It was not a fabrication. It was not a delusion. And I knew that the Bible was also true, that God truly did love me, and had sent His Only Begotten Son to be my Savior. I have never stopped learning more about these important truths. I came to recognize the voice of the spirit, speaking to both my mind and my heart that God lives, that Jesus died for all mankind and was resurrected so that we all may live again, and that His atonement can and does heal all wounds, lift our burdens and make us better people.

How I live my faith

The most important thing I can do every day is to begin each morning with prayer and spend at least a brief time in the scriptures. I need this time to feel connected with the Lord and to prepare myself to receive His guidance. One of my favorite passages of scripture is where Jesus says, "I am the vine, and ye are the branches." I draw sustenance from this daily connection with the Lord just as the branches draw life from the main trunk of the vine. It is also a time to appreciate my blessings and give thanks for all my blessings. In my ward I help work with the missionaries and the members in sharing the gospel with others and giving service to church members and our non-member neighbors and friends. I often teach the adult Sunday school class for new members and those seeking to learn about the Church. I support my wife who is the leader of our women's organization. I also visit a few families in the ward each month as a home teacher, keeping in contact with them, helping out if they have any needs, letting them know that both God and the other members of the Church care about them and are here for them. I love being involved in God's work and am grateful to belong to a church where all the members serve one another, and where the Priesthood is not a profession of an elite class, but an invitation for all to participate in God's work among his children, and learn to love them and feel God's love for them as we work together to build His Kingdom on earth.