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Hi I'm Jack

I grew up in Folsom, NM. Graduated from Des Moines High School in Des Moines, NM. I am a veterinarian. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up farming and ranching. I love agriculture and agribusiness. I attended Trinidad State Junior College in Trinidad, CO on a basketball scholarship and obtained an associates of arts degree in pre-medicine. Transferred to New Mexico State University graduating with a BS in Agriculture Biology. Attended graduate school there working on a MS in Genetics. Was accepted into Veterinary School at Colorado State University and graduated with a D.V.M. degree. Never finished my MS but over the years have completed several post graduate courses. I practiced veterinary medicine as a clinical practitioner for over 20 years and decided to some different things. I have a business, American Professional Services, that I use for all kinds of services to my fellowman. The largest part of that business is helping other veterinarians with compounded pharmaceuticals. In 2011 I started teaching in high school. 2012-2013 was my first full time school year of teaching. I joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in 1979 after being taught by two wonderful sister missionaries. The plan of salvation caught my attention during a visit to my brother, Cecil's, house. You see, the failure to have a clear understanding of that and the inability for preachers to answer my questions lead me away from all organized religions until that night in my brothers home when two young men taught me the clear simple meaning of the plan of salvation.

Why I am a Mormon

I mentioned my conversion in the first section of this document. I became a Mormon after being taught the plan of salvation. However that is not the only thing that caused me to join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I really related to the Joseph Smith story of his going to the Lord in prayer to ask which church to join. When I was about the same age as Joseph when he inquired of the Lord, I had the same question, but never did anything about it except pull away from all organized religions. During college I had a philosophy professor teach Aristotle and Plato's doctrinal concepts regarding where we came from, why are we here on earth, and where do we go after this earth life. Their concepts made since to me, because I had the same questions but the pastor of the church I was going to could not answer those questions. I asked him to leave my house and not come back. I spent the next 17 years not attending church. When my children were small, my wife, Elaine, and I started wanting to get involved in a church, but never did much about it until after I heard the missionaries at my brother's house. We studied the gospel and I fell in love with the Book of Mormon. That wonderful book of scripture has also answered so many of my questions and provided a pattern for me to live my life. The Book of Mormon is the word of God for our day to be a companion with the Bible to testify of the Savior, Jesus Christ. Together those books provide an insight into the life of Jesus Christ and his doctrine in plain and simple terms. Many things have been lost from the Bible. The Book of Mormon fills those holes and provides so many answers in plain and simple terminology. I testify that anyone who really wants to know the truth and who prays about it vocally or silently will be lead to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints either through a member, the missionaries, or some form of media. Please accept the missionaries and learn.

How I live my faith

I have always held some type of leadership position in the church and taught many classes over the years since 1979. Some of my happiest times have been during my callings in the scouting program. I have been involved with the youth of the church since 1979, Now in 2013 I am Scoutmaster of Troop 116. It is a pleasure to be involved with the young men in the church. I have seen young cub scouts grow up to become Eagle scouts. I first began my scouting experience in 1981 as the scouting coordinator for our ward. That lead to positions in the local council of the Boy Scouts of America. At that time it was the Rocky Mountain Council in Pueblo, CO. I was involved with building the high adventure and summer camp programs at San Isabel Scout Ranch. In 1985 I took my family to San Angelo, TX. We lived there for 10 years. During that time I was Varsity coach of our Varsity team and worked closely with the scoutmaster of our troop. We went to Philmont Scout Ranch two times and to Packard High Adventure Base at San Isabel Scout Ranch one time. I just recently have made contact with many of those boys from San Angelo and Pueblo that were involved in the scouting program. Each of them is successful in their professions and work. The scouting program has been the activity arm of the priesthood to help build successful men from young boys.

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Jack
In the history of the world, the Bible had to come forth first and be spread widely upon the earth to pave the way for the Book of Mormon. The Bible states that the Stick of Judah and the Stick of Joseph will run together. The Stick of Judah is the Bible and the Stick of Joseph is the Book of Mormon. The Bible is very important to our beliefs and is considered the word of God in as much as it has been translated correctly. There are other places in the Bible that refer to the Book of Mormon, not by name, but in a way that one may understand the meaning of the biblical phrase through the power of the Holy Ghost. Yes, the Bible is Holy Scripture and the word of God, but so are the Book of Mormon, The Doctrine and Covenants, and The Pearl of Great Price. All of these books are considered sacred writings and scripture. Show more Show less