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Hi I'm Jeff

I love graffiti, swimming, and frisbee. And food. And sleep. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Family: Aside from my parents I've got three older brothers, one older sister, and one younger brother; two sister in law's and one brother in law; a nephew, a niece, and a couple of nieces on the way. Sports: Swimming. First and foremost. I spent all of high school on the swim team, and because of the fun I've had from that I'm addicted to the smell of a pool and the feel of being in the water. Second is ultimate frisbee again because of how much fun I've had playing it with friends. (In addition to that I've discovered that I even enjoy some frisbee golf). Along with those I also enjoy just about any sport minus the ever popular soccer, football, and basketball. But speedball's plenty fun. Hobbies: I've always liked drawing, and I very often found myself doodling rather than listening to teachers in school. But along with that I like reading, sleeping, eating, chess, and video games.

Why I am a Mormon

I've grown up a member, but I would not be one if I hadn't gotten to know for myself that this is the true Church and that God is the head of it. I know this because of several reasons, but the biggest one is because I prayed to know the truth and I got an undeniable answer that the Book of Mormon is true, that God lives, that this is the Church that God leads, and that this is where I need to be. And to top it all off: I've never been happier living to the standards and expectations of God.

How I live my faith

Currently I'm attending Brigham Young University. Admittedly being at an LDS college I get a lot of the LDS culture and teachings as I attend my classes, but I would have to say that that is definitely not my only way in which I experience and learn about doctrines of my faith. I like to read from the scriptures each morning before I go to work or school. Having done this fairly consistently, I've noticed that this really helps me to keep the right perspective in life; each morning I am reminded of God's love for me, what He wants for me, and how I can better work to follow Christ's example. Something else I do that really helps me live my faith is I try to get to the Provo temple grounds at least once each week. Sometimes all I have time for is walking around the temple grounds, but even that has really helped me. I've been constantly surprised at how resolving it's been for my life's stresses to just walk around a temple that has specifically dedicated to serving and learning of God. It really is a spiritual place that can inspire people if they are willing to listen.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

The Atonement is the sacrifice that Christ made for each and every one of God's children, or mankind as a whole. We know from the Bible that He bled from every pore in the Garden of Gethsemane, suffering more than anybody can comprehend, taking upon Himself all the sins and unfairness of everyone's lives, past, present, and future. Nobody's perfect, but in order to dwell with God we have to be. We needed to be cleansed from sin. That is what the Atonement is for; Christ suffered for our sins so that we may be cleansed. But in return Christ commands us to follow Him; we must have faith in Him and in God's commandments, repent (or change our desires and actions that aren't following those commandments), and make promises with God to better follow Him and strive to follow His commandments (one of the first promises being baptism). I have felt the power of the Atonement in my life. I know that that cleansing power promised to us is real, and that no matter what we've experienced or done, that sacrifice can heal and strengthen us. I wouldn't've been able to do half the things I have without that strength and peace it brings. Show more Show less