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Hi I'm Jay

I am a husband, a father of two grown children, a small business owner and a fifth generation Nebraskan.

About Me

I come from pioneering stock. The history of the United States is also my own family’s history going clear back to the Mayflower. I have tried throughout my life to take advantage of opportunities whenever they have been presented to me. So when the opportunity came for me to join the LDS church, especially once I understood the spiritual significance of families, I jumped at the chance to become a member. To my way of thinking, my family is my first priority. When I became a father for the first time I vowed to myself to always make my family’s welfare my first priority and I have never wavered from that commitment. On those rare occasions when I can take a bit of time for myself, I like to go hiking in the Rocky Mountain National Park and SCUBA Diving pretty much anywhere I can. I’m also rather proud of the fact that I have written a couple of novels which people are buying.

Why I am a Mormon

By the time I was 40, my career was in shambles, my marriage was heading for disaster and the prospect of only being able to see my children, who were young at that time, whenever the court deemed appropriate was an outcome I found unbearable to consider. That year, during a business trip to Salt Lake City, I used a free afternoon to visit Temple Square. Since high school I had been interested in learning about other religions and on that day my interest in the Mormon Church had begun purely as intellectual curiosity. But by the time I had returned to my hotel room later that day, I had gone through the life changing experience of having received a personal revelation from our Heavenly Father which left me knowing with complete certainty that I had to become a member of the LDS church if I wanted the circumstances of my life to improve. Immediately I sought the counsel of the few friends I had who were Mormon and within 2 weeks I had succeeded in preparing myself to become baptized. Despite my wife’s ultimatums and vehement protestations, I was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and I can testify today nearly 17 years later that the blessings my family and I have received ever since have been incalculable. I can’t say that life has been a breeze since that day in Salt Lake. Indeed, in some ways the unknowns we face today are more daunting than they ever have been. But in May this year my wife and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary and my children have grown up to be strong, capable and smart young adults. I know also that if the day ever comes when my family will join me in the church, the blessings that Heavenly Father will bestow on us all will be far greater than anything we have known to date.

How I live my faith

Through the LDS church I have come to understand that Christ set the example for how we should live our lives here on earth. So everyday I try to live my life in a Christ-like manner. With my family, this means I always endeavor to set the right example for them and to make myself available whenever they need me. In business I work to give my customers my absolute best even though doing so at times ends up working to my financial detriment. But despite my best efforts, circumstances in life over which I have no control, such as the fairly severe disability I have been afflicted with throughout my life or the economy of late, end up causing me to appear less than virtuous at times in the eyes of others. Even so, no matter how badly I may be treated by people, I try never to act out of anger or malice because to do so would not be in the best interest of my family.