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Hi I'm Jeremy

I have a wife and 3 young boys. I enjoy sports, 4-wheel drive trucks, and the outdoors. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband and a father and this is what bring me the greatest joys in life. Family has always been important to me. I come from a family of eleven children. I have loving parents who taught us the value of work and personal responsibility. My wife and I enjoy the outdoors. We like to go camping, hiking, swimming or just taking care of our garden in our backyard. Sometimes for a weekend date we will pull out the dutch oven and drive to a favorite spot near our home, then proceed to build a fire and make a dutch oven desert. We then enjoy the desert and a warm fire while we talk and share thoughts. We have 3 young boys - Calvin(7), Alex(4), and Wylie(2). They keep us on our toes, and we wouldn't have it any other way. I enjoy watching college football. I find the competition and the rivalries very intriguing. I also enjoy high school athletics. I played football and wrestled when in high school. I now follow our local schools and their athletes to cheer on those that I know. I work as a manager at a Case IH Equipment dealership. Working in agriculture gives me opportunity to enjoy the outdoors.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to parents who were already faithful members of the Mormon church. We went to church every Sunday without fail. It was very important to my parents that their children were taught the gospel. In addition to church we observed Monday night as a night for the family to be together. We would have gospel discussions, play games, pray and sing together and always enjoy treats at the end. We had some good times. I was baptized by my older brother when I was eight years old, and then confirmed a member of the church by my father on the same day. To be honest, I can't say that I had a testimony of the gospel at this time however I knew that I liked going to church and knew that I was learning right from wrong. As the years went by and I moved into high school I began to feel the pressures of teenage life. When things got tough as they often do I would put myself through a grueling work out and then later that night I would be found alone in my room reading from the Book of Mormon. I guess I didn't realize it at the time but there was real power in this Book. I began to recognize this each time I read. I would often pray in association with my reading and found that when I did these two things together my troubles seemed to fade. I had good examples in older brothers who served missions and lived their lives in a way that seemed to bring them great happiness and much success. I wanted to be like them and tried hard to follow their examples. When I was eighteen I hit a turning point in my life. My nineteenth birthday was fast approaching and I had to make a serious decision of whether or not to serve a 2 year mission for the Lord and his church. I prayed and thought about it often. At length I found myself alone one night reading from the Book of Mormon and pleading with the Lord to give me answers to my prayers. I never wanted anything so badly. I wanted to do the right thing. My prayers were answered and I served faithfully. I have never looked back.

How I live my faith

My wife and I attend church regularly each Sunday. We also take our son with us and he enjoys the nursery. I work with the young men ages 12-13. I teach them lessons on Sundays and also serve as their Scoutmaster during the week. I have a great group of boys. They often give me added strength as I watch their examples. I also try to be an example for them. I refrain from using foul language and encourage them to do the same. I take care of my body and avoid the use of drugs, alcohol, coffee, tea, and tobacco. We are often found doing service projects for others in need. Recently we removed a large pile of debris from a neighbors yard who is in the middle of an extensive remodel project. In addition to working with the young men I am paired with another member of our local church and together we are assigned to look after the spiritual and temporal affairs of two families in our local unit. We visit them in their homes every month and report back to local leaders on how they are doing. In addition my wife and I receive home visits each month from others who are assigned to look after us. At home we try to study our scriptures often and say prayers morning and night. We are teaching our son how to pray. We try to learn as much about our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ as we can. We know that His gospel is true and He loves each of us. We just try to live our lives after the example that he set. We try and reach out to our neighbors and help in any way.