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Hi I'm Jeff

I grew up in Los Angeles County California. I'm married with two kids and currently work as an engineer.

About Me

I grew up in Los Angeles County California. I'm married with two kids and currently work as an engineer. I am active in both LDS and Non-LDS Scout Troop and spent 4 years as cub master and am a Commitee member in my Non-LDS Scout Troop and Scout Master in my ward.

Why I am a Mormon

This is actually hard to explain in a way expressing myself the way I want. I am a member since birth, but that isn't the reason. I have always been active in the Church but around age 19 I came to realize that I did have a testimony not biased on my upbringing. That is when I attended the temple regular (since it was so close). I came to feel the spirit in a different way and even in the darkest hours that life throws at all of us I could never deny the feeling I have had in the temple.

How I live my faith

I am very active in Scouting and our youth. I am even an example to my Non-LDS Scouters (my son had to attend a non-LDS pack for a while). They have seen that we live lives that are more similar then different.

Can husband and wife be together forever? Do you believe that families will live together in heaven?

Jeff
I was once driving with a friend and this very subject came up. I told him that Mormons believe that we can still be families after our deaths. In response he told me that he believed that upon death his marriage was over, and he was "fine" with that since his wife and kids would be in a better place and they are "saved" and will get to heaven. It made me a little sad when he said that. He and his wife are great people and I believe they deserve to be happy and together in heaven. So, I said to him something along the line of "For me my greatest joys in life are directly related to family, especially my wife and two children. I cannot imagine being happy in heaven without them, and that happiness cannot not be filled with anythings else. How can heaven be an heaven and be an unhappy place? I cannot believe that the Lord, in his infinite wisdom, would attempt to make heaven without give us a way to remain with our families, if we choose. It just isn't possible to make heaven happy without the possibly of families remaining together." For me Families are an integral part of Heavenly Father's plan and this brings me much comfort and joy. I know that in the end, I will not lose my family, and that I will be with them for forever. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Jeff
While much of what is done in the Church is to help other members, we also do many things to help those who are not Mormons. The Church humanitarian aid is a wonderful example of that. However, I think an even better example of Mormons helping others is Scouting. The worlds know the commitment that the Boy Scouts makes to helping others. The Scout Oath includes ".. to help other people at all times..." Thousand and thousand of hours of help is performed by the Boy Scouts each year. I mention this because the LDS Church uses the Boy Scouts as part of its own Young Men's program in the US. We are not the only BSA supporters; we are a largest BSA chartered organization. Every LDS ward in the US has 4 Scout charters (Pack, Troop, Team and Crew). This show how we feel about helping every one, as we teach our youth how important it is. Our adults perform service right along with our youth. I myself serve in the Scouts both in a LDS and Non-LDS Scout capacity. Our Scouts have performed a great deal of service to all. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Jeff
While serving a mission is a worthwhile goal, and I am teaching my own son to prepare now for one, it is not "Required" in the way this question is meaning. While we are all Required to serve missions all the time, weather it be just serving in the community or as member missionaries, there is no "requirement" that you go on a full time mission. I myself did not go on a mission due to major heath reasons. While I was unable to do a full time mission I have been able to serve as a Ward missionary. Yes, I am often asked "where did you go on your mission", and sometimes I fee unhappy that I was not able to go, but I am not looked down on because I didn't go. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Jeff
To me the "Law of Chastity" is much more then just the definition that is often given. To me, it comes down to God wanting us to be happy. So much of the individual and worlds troubles are biased on violations of the "Law of Chastity". I grew up seeing friend after friend suffering because of the choices they made that violated this law. Friends having to face the struggle of unplanned teenage pregnancy. I have seen families torn apart. Children suffering because they are without fathers or mothers due to a spouses infidelity. At the same time I have seen the joy in my life of obedience to the law. My wife and I bringing two wonderful children into the world. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Jeff
Our family probably dresses the same way you do for church. We dress in our Sunday best. For my family that means a suit and tie for me and my son and a dress for my wife and daughter. However, not everyone considers that their "Sunday best". We all know that in this day and age not everyone thinks that it is necessary to wear a suit or dress to church, or are financially able to buy a suit or a dress. We all know this, so you will be welcomed even if you wear jeans and a shirt. However, to be 100% honest, you may feel out of place as everyone else will be "dressed up". Also you may run into someone how makes a comment about you not being in a suit or dress. They shouldn't but we are all human. Everyone say things that they shouldn't at some point in their lives. Ultimately, you should be made to feel welcome, no matter how you dress, as long as it is modest and generally appropriate to be dressed like that in public. We probably celebrate the same holiday that you do. Christmas and Easter are very important to me and my wife. We also celebrate Independence day and other secular holidays. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Jeff
I think that it comes from a misunderstanding of Mormonism or a personal animosity against Mormons. I have heard a lot of amazing and even silly things that people believe about Mormons. These always turn out to be a misunderstanding of why we do something, a mischaracterization of what we believe, or just an urban legend. If these things were true, I would agree that Mormonism is a cult. What happens is someone hears something about Mormons. Then, as the old pass the message game goes, it is modified after each telling. Then down the line it becomes something with a small truth in it, but is almost completely false otherwise. What I tell my friends is, “Look for yourself with an open mind. If you do you will find that while we do believe in some things you probably don’t, we are ultimately not as different as you think and you none of our beliefs are unchristian like.” As for those with a personal animosity against Mormons. For what ever reason, they have decided that no matter how true or false calling Mormonism a cult is, they will always consider Mormonism a cult. This happens with every religion. The same thing as above applies here. “Look for yourself with an open mind.” In the end you will always find that these people have their own agenda, and you have to take what they say with a grain of salt. Ultimately in the end, all of Mormonism comes down to a belief in the teachings of Jesus Christ, just like all other Christian churches. Show more Show less

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Jeff
It is not that hard, I promise. We almost always get excited to meet with people looking to learn more about the church. The fact that you are on this website means you can find someone to talk to very quickly using those method described in the the "Official Church Answer". However, if those ways aren't to your liking, (for example if you don't want to sharing your personal information for some reason and wish to remain anonymous for the time being) you can always go to www.lds.org and choose the "Find a Meetinghouse" link (it's usually about a third of the way down on the page). It will give you a list of local church congregations where you can find plenty of church members. You can then go on Sunday (I suggest sometime before the "Sacrament Worship Service" time) or even sometimes on Wednesday night (usually at night around 7 you will find someone there for meeting). You are welcome to speak to member at any time. Personally, I would suggest introducing yourself and asking them to help you meet with the missionaries, as the missionaries are specifically assigned to meet with those interest in learning more about the church. However, any member would be happy to speak to you. Show more Show less