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Hi I'm Jeff

I'm a new father, a freelance writer, a research center employee, and a Mormon.

About Me

My heart is home in the mountains of Idaho, but life and work is here in the beautiful Bay Area now. I spend most of my time with my lovely wife and 1-year-old son, but I also love reading great literature and writing in all its forms. In my spare time, I can be found reading about sports and cheering on my underdog teams from back home. I'm also working on preparing a couple of magazine articles for publication and feeding my growing interest in graphic design. Professionally, I recently earned a master's in Russian Studies, following up on a lifelong fascination with that country which was further cemented by my mission in Siberia. I now work in a Russian and former Soviet research center, where I'm overseeing the launch of a new analytical/news web journal that analyzes current events and media from the perspective of local (post-Soviet) experts. I love what I do.

Why I am a Mormon

With what I've seen, heard, and felt, I could never be anything else. The truthfulness of the gospel has been made obvious to me so many times, and I could never in good conscience turn my back on it. Besides, even on a day-to-day basis, nothing makes me happier than the comfort that comes with knowing that I have a Father in Heaven who is merciful, just, and who loves me like the son that I am. I know that I am empowered to do good in this life, and that I can continue on with my family in the next. Knowing that everything -- everything -- will be all right is the greatest joy a person can possess.

How I live my faith

Most recently, I've helped organize major events and service projects for church members in my area, such as a recent effort to clear weeds from an important creek bed and endangered fish habitat. Now I also teach Sunday School to a group of 8-to-11-year-old boys.