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Hi I'm JD

I am a retired educator; I spent 30 years teaching science. Now my time is spent serving my family and my Church. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband, father, and grandfather. My wife and I (we have been married for over 40 years), enjoy serving our family and friends. The light and joy of our lives are our five children and sixteen grandchildren. I was raised on a farm in Washington State, USA, where I learned the value of hard work and where I experienced the satisfaction of fulfilling responsibilities, knowing that others depended on me to "get the job done." My parents' love and self-sacrifice have been my guiding example. Early in my education, I learned that helping others is the best way to be truly happy. My career in education allowed me to apply that principle. Helping my students achieve their potential was very rewarding; and helping them see the beauty and genius of God's creations has brought a great sense of joy. Now I spend much of my time in genealogical research and in writing the personal histories of my ancestors who, as ordinary people, lived extraordinary lives. I also find great satisfaction in growing fruits and vegetables in my raised-bed garden. Sharing the harvest with friends and family is very rewarding.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I am a 5th generation Mormon and I was raised in the Church, my own convincing testimony came over time, “precept upon precept, here a little and there a little.” I am a Mormon because I believe that the precepts taught by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are true; these teachings provide an eternal perspective that fills my soul with peace and joy and hope. God has graciously given me a firm conviction that He lives, and that His Son Jesus Christ is the Savior and Redeemer of the world. I am convinced that by keeping God’s commandments we are blessed in this life and that through obedience we can live eternally in His presence with our families. By the power of the Holy Ghost, I know that God restored His true and living Church through the Prophet Joseph Smith. I know by that same power that there are living prophets on earth today who speak for God. I know also that the Bible and the Book of Mormon contain the word of God. We live in a troubled world; I am convinced that all of God’s children experience difficult, even hard and painful times. But I know also that God stands by those who put their trust in Him; and I am filled with gratitude for the myriad “tender mercies” God has bestowed upon me and my family during the entire course of my life. I am profoundly grateful to be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Being a Mormon means being a disciple of Jesus Christ. He spent his life teaching and blessing others; His was a life of love and service. As one who is striving to be His disciple, I have found that loving and serving others brings a sense of purpose and fulfillment that can be experienced in no other way. During my life, I have served as a teacher in the youth programs of the Church and in various leadership positions in our local congregations. Currently I serve as a home teacher and as a teacher in the Sunday School. My wife and I serve in the nearby temple. Our greatest joy comes in serving our family. Truly, helping others contributes to a contented and happy life.