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Hi I'm Jesse

I grew up in San Jose, Ca. I'm a government employee and an Officer in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband and father and I’m a program specialist for the federal government. I attend evening college courses one to two days a week. I have a wife and four children and I’m currently serving as a Scout Committee Chair for our churches Boy Scout Troop. I enjoy running and I’ve recently discovered the joys of group exercise and having a trainer motivate me more than I probably would if I worked out alone. I’m also a Warrant Officer in the Marine Reserves. I spend one weekend a month, two weeks in the summer, and various other tours on extended active duty around the country and the world. I enjoy my military training and the opportunity to serve my country.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Catholic family. As a family we would go to church on Sundays very infrequently, eventually my parents just drop me, and my siblings, off at Sunday school and soon we stopped going all together. I knew about God and the Bible but I never really understood any of it. When I was in my late teens I began to feel that there was something missing in my life. I started to drift towards people in my life that seemed to have an extra spirit in them. These people were always smiling, happy, friendly, and the common denominator was their spiritual foundation. My wife and I started dating, when we were seniors in high school, a few months after I got a job at a fast food restaurant that she was already working at. The first time I met her family was an amazing experience for me. My family wasn’t outwardly close or loving. I didn’t have a lot of experience expressing my feelings because we didn’t operate that way. When I had dinner with her family I saw things I wasn’t used to seeing. They ate dinner together at a table and not in front of a TV, after dinner they sat in their living room and discussed their day and their feelings. I had never seen anything like it, the spirit in their home and the love they had for one another was amazing and I knew I was experiencing what was missing in my life. I went to Marine Boot Camp the following summer. I took the opportunity to investigate the church while I was in basic training. I learned about gospel principles and the history of the church from missionaries assigned to the recruit depot. I pondered and prayed about the church and made the decision to be baptized. Looking back I can see how our Heavenly Father’s timing worked in my life. If I hadn’t been open to this message I would have started a life in the Marine Corps that would have been drastically different if I didn’t have the gospel in my life or the Holy Ghost with me. I’m grateful everyday for the path that the church has led me on.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by raising my children in an environment that I would have liked to be raised in. We attend our church meetings, pray together as a family, and study scriptures as a family. We eat dinner together, talk about our days, and have family discussions. My wife and I have conversations about our family, our future and any issues that we may need to discuss. I exercise my church callings by visiting with my home teaching families, providing my help and service to them, or others in our church, that my need help. I help people move whenever I can and I try to attend as many church activities as I can to get to know the other families in our ward. I have worked as a Scout Leader for our Boy Scout Troop and I currently serve as the Boy Scout Committee Chair. I also help whenever I can in my Son’s Scouting efforts. I also get to teach in church once a month. I appreciate the church’s views on health and nutrition and I’m grateful that my children can grow up in an environment free of alcohol, tobacco, or any other type of substance abuse. We do our best to keep negative influences out of our home and help our children understand that a gospel centered life is more rewarding than a temporally or worldly focused life. I try to be a good example for all those who observe me. I want people around me to know that I’m a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and I want them to feel free to ask me questions and understand why I’m the smiling, happy,