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Hi I'm Jeff Poulson

I'm a husband and father of two girls. I'm a stroke and cancer survivor. I'm a 4th year dental student and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a 4th year dental student at the age of 33 - ya I was a bit slow getting started on it! I love most sports especially soccer, road biking, running, racquetball and squash. I love the outdoors having grown up camping and hiking continually. And above all, I love doing it with my wife and two girls. My family is the most important thing in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because I love my savior, Jesus Christ. I am so grateful for what he has done for me. I have seen the blessings in my life that have come from obeying his commandments. I have been able to look back on my life and see specific times where I could have made choices that would have drastically altered my life but because of my knowledge of the commandments of God, those decisions have been easier to make. A lot of my friends and associates have mentioned that commandments of God seem to be so limiting. I don't agree. They are liberating. Some decisions would have been harder to make due to the emotions that are present at that time. The commandments help you decide prior to entering those situations how you will react - making it much easier. I don't have worry about smoking, drugs, alcohol, gambling or cheating - I've made those decisions long ago because God has commanded that we treat our bodies right. I'm definitely not perfect, far from it, but I know what is right and try to live like Christ would want me to. The second major blessing is knowing that I can repent when I do make mistakes. My knowledge of the gospel and the blessings that I have received by being a member in His church has blessed me greatly. In 2003 I was diagnosed with cancer. As you can imagine, that is a horrible, terrifying thing to find out. I was a young father and husband with a year old daughter and was facing something that could potentially kill me. I received a priesthood blessing that promised me I would live through this ordeal. Having that knowledge that I was promised to survive helped out immensely. It didn't make the surgeries and treatment any easier but in those dark moments I was reminded that I would survive. It made all the difference. It's given me a knowledge that God loves me and has a definite plan for me.

How I live my faith

I have spent many years teaching the youth in the church. I've been involved in scouting and other various youth activities. I was recently asked to start teaching the "elders quorum" - a group in our church that involves men from ages 19-50ish. It's great to be able to discuss gospel principles with other men around my same age but that have many different experiences. It's great to get the perspectives of many different people relating to the gospel. We all understand it slightly different due to our life experiences.