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Hi I'm Jay

I grew up in California. I am a high school history teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love sports and BBQ. I would play golf everyday if my budget could handle it. BBQ is a favorite hobby. Almost everything is better when roasted over an open flame. How many people truly love their job? Well, I love being a high school teacher. The kids I work with keep me young. Now if I could become the high school golf coach, and create a competitive BBQ program, I could have all of the bases covered.

Why I am a Mormon

Though my family has a long heritage in the Mormon Church, since 1834, I had to find out for myself if this was the right place for me. It is. As a young man I had periods of doubt. I sought inspiration and the peaceful confirmation that the path I was on was correct. This came in a very powerful way. I teach my students that we study history to give context/meaning to the present. What being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does for me is give a similar but eternal context/meaning to my life.

How I live my faith

Being a Mormon is who I am. I have chosen to have it be as much a part of who I am as is my gender or my race. I have participated in a variety of responsibilities from teaching children to being on committees to organize activities. I have taught, youth and adults and been invited to lead congregations. But in all of this, I am not defined by the positions I have been asked to fulfill over my adult life in church. I hope that my faith is evident from the choices I make each day.

Are Mormons Christians?

Several months ago 3 students stayed after class the last period of the day. Two very bright students had told another girl that since she was Catholic she was not a Christian. I found myself joining in to defend this girl's beliefs. It seems to me that the term "Christian" has become politicized. Instead of being an inclusive term, as Christ would have wanted it, it is being used by some to exclude individuals or groups that have some doctrines or beliefs don't exactly fit with their very narrow definition of what a Christian is. It seems to me that anyone, of any religion or no religion for that matter, that believes that Jesus Christ is their Savior, and lives their life according to their best understanding of his teachings is entitled to call themselves a Christian. This is inclusive. There's room for Catholics, Mormons, every off-shoot of Protestant and even those not affiliated with any organized church under the umbrella of Christianity. In my discussion in defense of this Catholic girl that was ambushed after class, I found myself defending her beliefs the same way that I have had to defend mine. The focus should be on the myriad of beliefs we have in common, not on the few that are unique to one church or another. Show more Show less