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Hi I'm Jerry

I am the son of a Utah farmer. I am a retired Land Surveyor. I have traveled to many countries and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am mostly retired now. I met my wife on one of the Pacific islands were I was assigned for a period of time as a land surveyor. My wife of 41 years and I have ten grandchildren that are the joy of our life. We like to travel to her home island and spend time on the beach, but mostly spend time with our children and grandchildren who all live close by. We have lived in Arizona, Montana, Idaho and Virginia as well as Chuuk, Pohnpei and Palau islands. We have traveled to most of the US States. As part of my Land Surveying career I have also traveled to Fiji, Australia, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Thailand, Philippines, Taiwan, Japan, Guam, Marshal Islands, and Kosrae and I worked for 5 months in Russia. While in the U.S. Military I had the opportunity to travel to many of the European countries.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of my testimony of the truthfulness of the doctrine. I was raised in the LDS faith and was active in my youth. While attending college I drifted into the less-active status, but always considered myself to be Mormon. For many years of my adult life I did not attend the LDS church, but did attend other churches from time to time. Attending church was just not a part of my life. My wife is a very devout Catholic and when we first married I attended Mass with her. But, soon she was going to Mass alone and I was at home with the kids. Later, nearly 30 years ago, I began attending my own LDS Ward and have been active ever since. My wife is still active in her Catholic faith, but she did raise our three children as LDS and two of them served missions for the Church. We have learned to support each other and look for the things we have in common rather than focus on the differences. I feel comfortable going with her to Mass and she often attends Church with me, especially when one of the grandchildren is participating such as a blessing, ordination or giving a talk. Whenever I have traveled I searched the Church website to find the location of LDS congregation in the area and try to attend. No matter where i go in the world, I find a friend and a welcoming congregation.

How I live my faith

I am not one who brags openly about being LDS. I have no hesitation to let someone know that I am LDS though. I like the service projects that we do and try not to miss those. My neighbors know they can come to me to borrow a ladder or a helping hand. My wife and I both try to be kind to any and all that we meet. I have served in many callings such as Sunday School teacher, Scout Master and other leadership positions as requested. I am now a volunteer worker at the Arizona Mesa Temple. Life is good. While I was in Russia the people with whom I worked soon learned to have a non-alcoholic drink for me at any occasion; especially if there was going to be a toast. One good friend there asked lots of questions which I was happy to answer. I had a supply of the Book of Mormon with me and many welcomed a copy. In fact, I most always carry an extra copy of the Book of Mormon with me when traveling.