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Hi I'm Jay

I'm a Mormon. I grew up on a small farm in Eastern, Arizona where I attended school and graduated high school in 1953.

About Me

After high school I attended Arizona State University and University of Arizona, majoring in agriculture. My life's work has been mostly in some phase of agriculture; farming, ranching and related fields. I retired in 2000 and with my wife served an 18 month mission in Australia for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. My membership in the church has been the greatest blessing to me and my family. We have been married for 57 years and have four children, fourteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild. We have been blessed to have served in many positions in the church and find great joy in serving the Lord. In the church, life is good. It has given purpose and direction to our lives.

Why I am a Mormon

Fortunately, my ancestors joined the church many years ago so I was blessed to have been raised in it. I am still in the church because I know that it is the true church of Jesus Christ, restored through the Prophet Joesph Smith. It is the fulfillment of all the ancient prophecies pertaining to the Great Latter-day Kingdom of God. It has the same perfect organization as Christ established in his original church, with a foundation of living apostles and prophets and all the other necessary officers.

How I live my faith

For the past three years I have served as president of the Spanish speaking branch of the church here. I also serve as one of six men who direct the work of volunteers who come to the twenty two hundred acre church welfare farm to give service. These work projects are scheduled two Saturdays each month, February through November, and some volunteers drive as much as sixty miles to arrive by 530 A. M. to work for two hours. On average there are one hundred to one hundred thirty people each time. Occasionally the number exceeds one hundred fifty, even to two hundred or more. The work consists of hand work using hoes and shovels. Welfare farms generate products and revenue used in the church's welfare system to give temporary assistance needy members and provides service opportunities for members. I enjoy gardening and share my products with others, especially the less fortunate. We have a number of citrus trees and always share with friends and neighbors. I serve as 4-H Club gardening leader here in this county. As a handyman, I frequently help others by making minor repairs to home or small equipment or by making things they may need. We have a widowed neighbor I help as needed. We live modestly, but comfortably and avoid all unnecessary debt. We strive to be as self reliant as possible by using our resources wisely and producing a lot of the food we need.