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Hi I'm Jed

I'm a data scientist, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I have 4 kids: a 12 year old boy, a 10 year old girl, a 6 year old boy and a 4 year old boy. We've moved all around the country due to my prior career in manufacturing. As of this writing my wife an I have been married for 13 years and have lived in 10 different states and 2 countries. It's a little tedious having to start over that many times, but we've gotten used to it. One of the things that helped us get through all of those moves was the church. It was great to know that the church would be wherever we moved and that the members of the church there would be willing to get to know us, support us, and help us out. We've finally settled down and I work out of my home as a data scientist in Gilbert, AZ. My hobbies used to be basketball and skiing (on water and snow), but with 4 kids and our busy lives, those have gotten deprioritized for the past decade or so ;). I'm sure many of you out there can relate to this. I do have one random hobby I still pursue: I'm learning Mandarin Chinese. As you can imagine, with the difficulty of that hobby and my available time, I'm learning very slowly.

Why I am a Mormon

Since I was born into a family with Mormon parents the expected answer to "why are you a Mormon?" would be, "Because my family is." While that did play a large part in exposing me to the religion, that alone could not have kept me a Mormon through my teenage and early adult years. The real reason I'm a Mormon is because I did what Mormon missionaries everywhere invite people to do. I read the Book of Mormon and prayed to ask God if it was true. That moment in my life, when I received my answer from God about the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, left a permanent impression on me. I will never be able to deny that what I felt confirmed that the Book of Mormon is true. That is the real reason why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith a day at a time. Every day, I get up, say my prayers, read my scriptures for half an hour, and finish getting ready. When it's time for me to leave for work, I make sure my family says prayers together. All of this is difficult considering how well children below the age of 7 like to stick to schedules in the morning, but it happens that way more often than not. At work I do my best to help other people and to put in an honest day's work for an honest day's pay. Once I get home my family eats dinner together before the kids start getting ready for bed. Our bedtime routine includes reading from the scriptures and praying as a family. Again, with little children this is not easy, but we've found that as we do it every night, the kids have begun to expect it and remind us to do it if we forget. After the kids are in bed I get to spend some time with my wife before we collapse back into our beds for the night. But, my wife is great about being a good example and reminding me to say my personal prayers again before I go to sleep. At church we don't have paid clergy so everyone helps out. Currently I'm a Sunday School teacher for 16-17 year old members. I love talking with these young men and women as they struggle to become adults and figure out what is important to them. I feel blessed to share my experiences from that time in my life with them as well as explain how the gospel of Jesus Christ can help guide them through life's tough decisions. If you took the time to read all of this, you may be thinking, "That sounds like a lot of work." and you're probably right. I would say that everything worthwhile in this world does take a lot of work. The question is what are we spending our time working towards?