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Hi I'm Jeff!

I am a weaver of stories, a musical enthusiast, a lover of bees, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Since I was little, I was known for two things: getting into trouble, and getting hurt. In fact, my parents were so accustomed to me getting hurt that every time the phone rang, they knew I had a new injury. The getting into trouble bit developed a mischievous talent which later developed into story telling. I loved reading new stories and began writing my own at the age of 16. At present, I have four books which are in various stages of completion. When I was twenty two, I got into a pretty serious car accident. I lost control of my car and rolled it twice. When it came to a stop, I was one car and one finger shorter than what I woke up with that day. When it first happened, I was very self conscious of the scars and assumed that when people looked at me that was all they could see. What's funny is, most of the people I interact with forget or don't even notice that there is anything amiss! I know I'm weird, but I love bees. It isn't the normal appeal, I know, and when I express my joy of the little buzzers, most people raise an eyebrow at me. But I can't help it! They're awesome! Luckily, I have more normal entertainments like playing board games with my friends, reading books out loud, singing (though not particularly well), and writing. But most importantly, I love the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and draw most of my happiness from the testimony I have of it.

Why I am a Mormon

Well, it certainly wasn't because I wanted to be, I can tell you that right now! I started the journey towards baptism five years ago while living in Northern California with my parents. There, I met with some missionaries in a grocery store. I can honestly say that I had no intention to becoming LDS. I was smoking, drinking, and living a life that contrasted greatly with their teachings. Some might say that the biggest disparity was that of my same gender attraction. So when I met with the missionaries for the first time, I wasn’t exactly excited to hear everything that they had to tell me. But during the discussion, the missionary who was teaching me began talking about the First Vision and it was like the entire room narrowed until all I could see what him. And then all I could hear was his voice, though I couldn’t exactly hear him very well over the persistent voice in my head telling me that what these boys were teaching was correct. Suddenly, as if all at once, nothing else really mattered. I wasn’t worried about my current situations or habits, or how hard it would be, or how much work it would take. I didn’t even ask myself if this is what I wanted. For some reason, the only phrase that kept pinging around in my brain was, “It’s true. It’s true. It’s true…” And with such a constant mantra, I joined the Church four weeks later.

How I live my faith

Right now, I am getting started with college with the hope of becoming a teacher. I’ve always been interested in teaching, and now that I have the gospel in my life, I feel more desire to be a positive role model in the lives of younger people. As I’ve already mentioned, I am a writer and have a pretty decent ability to convey my thoughts to people. With that, I hope to influence many people through my books, or with teaching, or just being a good example. Since joining the Church, I’ve seen a lot of people who have taught me the principle of being a positive example in people’s lives without having to lecture them to death about the rights and wrongs of life. I’ve realized that if I want to be a positive influence in my community, it starts with doing those things in my life that bring me the most joy and happiness. I actually struggled a lot with this portion of my profile, trying to think of what to say. And I decided that I don’t have to be the activity organizer for service projects, or the CEO of a company which regularly hands out lofty donations, though I wouldn’t necessarily turn either of those positions down. It is those small, simple actions that I can do right now which, perhaps, will lead me to helping more people than mere money could do.