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Hi I'm Jay

I was born and raised in Canada, I am a husband, a father and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been married for 15 years and we have 8 wonderful children, all boys except for 7 of them! I love spending time with my family and especially my wife. She is an amazing person and I'm grateful that we have each other. I grew up in Canada and played many different sports as a young boy. I still enjoy competing and remain active playing basketball, hockey and golf. I also enjoy running and hope to complete a marathon some day. I graduated from BYU and love to cheer on the Cougars whenever I get the chance! I currently work for a large telecommunications company but my passion is the capital markets. I love learning about different companies and understanding their products/services. I use this information to make investment decisions.

Why I am a Mormon

I didn't grow up as a member of this church but I had many friends as a teenager that were members. I was always drawn to them and can remember thinking to myself that I wanted what they had. There are a number of LDS families that have influenced me for good over the years and I am grateful for their love and support. One particular thing that stood out to me was how happy their families were. Obviously there were problems from time to time, but by and large, they were happy. I wanted that in my future family and figured that if the church provided that then I needed to be a member of that church! As my knowledge and understanding of the church and the gospel of Jesus Christ increased, I realized that if I based my life on the teachings of Jesus Christ, that I could achieve this happiness in my life and that my family could be like those that I observed as a teenager. One of my childhood heros challenged me to take the missionary discussions shortly after graduating from high school. I accepted his offer and was baptized one month later. One year later I submitted my papers for full-time missionary service and was called to serve in Switzerland. I count this as one of my greatest experiences in life and am grateful everyday for my time as a full-time missionary. It has helped me to be a better husband and father and even helps me in my profession and interaction with those not of my faith.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by attending church on a weekly basis and serving where and when I am asked to serve. I have had a wide variety of church assignments (callings) but particularly enjoy serving with the young men and youth in general. My faith influences everything I do each and every day. I find that as I focus on the needs of others and lose myself in their service that I am the happiest. I try to follow the example of the Savior, to be kind to those I come in contact with and remember that I represent Him in everything I do. I also try to remember that there may be individuals who are watching me because I am a Mormon and want to see how I act or react in certain situations. This helps me to strive to choose the right thing to do and do as the Savior would do. While I'm not perfect in this, I'm grateful that I have the knowledge of teachings of Jesus Christ and that when I stumble and fall, I can pick myself back up and work on improving.