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Hi I'm Preston Jensen

I am originally from Bountiful, Utah. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married for just over 6 years. My wife and I were sealed in the Mount Timpanogos temple in American Fork, Utah. We have two children, a 3 year old girl, and a 1 year old boy. I always had a dream of working for the FBI, but I settled on being an accountant. I actually enjoy accounting and have previously worked in the public accounting profession for over 10 years. I now work for a public technology/ telecommunications company in their accounting department. I also run a tax and consulting business on the side. I have attended college at a total of 5 different universities and enjoy learning. My primary interests are traveling, motorcycling and riding recreational vehicles, geocaching, playing golf and basketball, and watching college football. I have been to over 25 different countries, namely throughout Europe, South America, Central America, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific. I would like to get to Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa in the near future. I previously owned a Kawasaki Ninja, but sold it when I got married to pay for my wife's college tuition. I am an experienced geocacher at about 700 finds, but not close to my dad who has over 2,000 finds. My favorite college football teams are the University of Utah, Arizona State University, and the University of Texas.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church, having been born and raised for the most part in various parts of Utah. My parents are both members - my mom's side of the family dates back to the days of Brigham Young. Early in my childhood, we lived in Texas and Illinois, but I was young and didn't really question anything. Having gone to high school in Utah, I was surrounded by Mormons and to me, it was rather odd or unusual not to be a Mormon. I knew Mormon doctrine well, and didn't hesitate in going on a mission after having completed my first year of college at Rick's Collge (aka BYU-Idaho). However, it was within the first four months of my mission that my "true" testimony developed. I knew the stories of the Book of Mormon, but I had honestly never read the book cover to cover. I started immediately in the MTC, finally having a chance to focus on religious learning with no outside distractions. When I arrived in England, I felt very alone being so far from friends and family and a comfortable surroundings. Although my mission trainer was very diligent, a hard worker, and tried his best to make me at ease, I spent the first two months of my mission truly working on my testimony to make sure I had a strong belief in what I was trying to share with others. I finished the book a couple of months after arriving in England, feeling truly fascinated by the contents of the book, and wondering why it took me so long to read it in entirety in the first place. I finished the book late one in night in October 1997, immediately knelt down, and prayed to know if it was true. I prayed for about 15 minutes (the seemingly longest prayer of my life) and felt the spirit testify to me of its truthfulness. I have only grown from that day forward.

How I live my faith

At the end of the day, I strive to live my life in a way that would make my Heavenly Father proud of me. I try to do the basic things such as read my scriptures, say my prayers, and serve others on a regular basis. I believe this inspires me and helps those in need. My wife and I raise our children to know and understand these values and believe that these actions bless our lives. I have a firm belief in the power of prayer and have seen and witnessed miracles in my life. From my younger sister having her vision restored, to finding a lost set of car keys in the middle of the desert, and from immediate feelings of comfort to literally healing the sick, I have witnessed things that have done nothing more than solidified my faith and strengtehend a sense of gratitude to my Heavenly Father. In my faith, I do not challenge or question the counsel of our prophet and ecclesiastical leaders. I do this specifically because I have a testimony of the Book of Mormon, the prophet Joseph Smith, and the current prophet on Earth today. I have felt the spirit of God testify to me that these are men of God and that through them, God provides valuable information and counsel to me. I have experienced nothing but blessings as a result of following these leaders. I have also had numerous opportunities to interact and work with our general authorities and have no doubts whatsoever about their love and devotion to serving God and His children. I have been a doctrinal teacher in the church for numerous years in classes of all ages, and have served in a variety of positions throughout my life. The church is a very big part of my life; it helps me focus my priorities and values, and ultimately provides much happiness to me and my entire family!

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Preston Jensen
I have several friends that have chosen to life and exhibit this type of lifestyle. While I do not approve of their actions and believe they are not doing things that will help them achieve true and everlasting happiness, I do beleive everyone has the right to do what they want and to enjoy the freedom of choice. I like the saying, "Love the sinner, hate the sin." Making it easier to engage in what we know to be a sinful activity, such as legalizing same sex marriage, is something that encourages people to sin and will only push people further away from God, who is the ultimate judge of all people. One of my former roommates for example has declared that he is gay. While he believes that these are his true feelings, and they very well may be, we all must fight to overcome temptations the same as one addicted to alcohol, drugs, greed, or other immoral behaviors such as adultery or pedophilia would do. Just because you "feel a certain way" doesn't mean it's right. Show more Show less

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

Preston Jensen
I was always taught that when you dress for church, you wear your very best in your Heavenly Father's house. While people have various interpretations of "Sunday best", I have always found it best and most appropriate to mimic what our ecclesiastical leaders wear, which is white shirt, tie, dress shoes, and a suit for the men. Women have a tougher time because it's not as simple and not as defined, but the focus should be less on fashion trends and more on following the dress patterns of women leaders of the church. Mormons focus on two major holidays - Easter and Christmas; however, in contrast to many other Christian religions, our focus in these holidays is the birth and resurrection of the Savior, and not necessarily the death - hence the reason we don't wear a "cross". In Utah, Mormons celebrate Pioneer Day (July 24) in memory of the Mormon pioneers who traveled to Utah. It's generally a day of fireworks, parades, picnics, and family time. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Preston Jensen
While most men are strongly encouraged to serve a mission, it is not required. For example, our current prophet President Thomas S. Monson never served a mission as a young boy, although he later served as a mission president. Having said that, and also coming from Utah, many young women are only interested in marrying a returned missionary which provides further incentive to serve a mission. I had more of a desire to serve a mission simply because neither of my parents had served a mission, and my dad told me on more than one occassion that it was a big regret in his life. I wanted to be the first to accomplish this feat, grew up always wanting to do this, believed in what I was doing, and ultimately wanted to be able to draw on that experience in rearing my own family. Show more Show less