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Hi I'm Jeff

I grew up in Wisconsin. Joined the Church when I was 18. I'm a public relations consultant, and I'm a Latter-day Saint.

About Me

I've only done one LDS cliched thing in my life, and that's meet my wife at BYU. We have four children. I'm an anomaly in that I've worked my entire career in my undergraduate degree: Communications with an emphasis in public relations (PR). I've worked as a solo PR practitioner for most of my career. When I'm not helping businesses tell their story with clarity, impact and authenticity, I love vacationing with my family, biking, playing sports (football, softball and basketball), watching retro movies/TV shows, reading books (LDS history, business, music), playing guitar, listening to music, gardening. Plus, I'm just a FANATICAL BYU football fan and hardly know what to do with myself during the off season.

Why I am a Mormon

I'd like to first state that I only use the preferred name for members of the Church (Latter-day Saints) and the official name of the Church: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Why? Because I believe one of the most important things we can do in this life is to be Christ-centered, and I can't think of a better way to do that than being called a "saint" (which means a follower of Christ) and a member of a church that bears His name. I was raised Catholic. I was first introduced to the Church when I was 17 and a junior in high school. My best friend's older brother had decided to join the Church and invited us to his baptism in Illinois. About a week later two missionaries were sent to my best friend's home. I went there just for "something to do." I was astounded to hear these missionaries claim to be representing the restored church of Jesus Christ. By the third lesson I decided to challenge the missionaries' claim, and I used an anti-LDS pamphlet to assist me with my "cross examination." To my astonishment, all my questions were answered (out of the Bible) to my complete satisfaction. My friend and I then accepted the invitation to be baptized. Being underage and not having the support of my parents, I had to wait until I was 18. So for the next nine months I went to church every Sunday as a "dry" member. Shortly after my 18th birthday I was baptized, and 15 months later I had the opportunity to serve a two-year mission. However, having joined out of logic (i.e., the Gospel just made sense to me), I knew I had to have a spiritual witness if I was to be an effective missionary. So I applied the promises in James 1:5-6 and Moroni 10:3-5 (in the Book of Mormon) that said if we lack knowledge we can ask God and that the Spirit will bear witness of truth, respectively. Through faith and fervent prayer I received an amazingly strong confirmation from the Holy Ghost that this is indeed the restored church of Jesus Christ again on the earth!

How I live my faith

I currently serve in our ward (congregation) as second counselor to our bishop. I'm also a home teacher to four families in the ward. Another member and I visit these families monthly to make sure the family is doing well and to share a spiritual message. It's a pleasure to serve in the Lord's kingdom! It's also awesome to share this great message with others. There is nothing that will bring you greater joy than knowing you do have a Father in Heaven whose son, Jesus Christ, atoned for our sins so that we can live with them again someday as eternal families.