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Hi I'm Jeff

I love to read and hike. I have a great wife and kids. I'm an engineering manager for a major corporation, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a life long Mormon who was raised in a predominately Mormon Community. I grew up in Idaho and Utah and learned to love the outdoors and hiking. I love exploring and have hiked many of the great trails in Utah and Arizona. I am tall and also loved to play basketball until an injury sidelined me in my late 40's. I went on an LDS mission to South America and learned to love the people of that part of the world. I earned an engineering degree, and started working for a high tech company as an engineer. I later went back to school and earned an MBA and moved into engineering management for my career. I've been able to work on several exciting projects and have published some papers and earned a couple of patents. I married a wonderful woman and together we've had 3 great sons. Two are now out of the home and the third should be out in a couple of years. I have my first grandchild on the way. We consider ourselves very happy and love the community in which we live and are active in our church and community.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church, and the doctrines taught to me made sense and helped guide me in my life. I was also a very curious child and wanted to learn for myself if the doctrines were true. I read the Book of Mormon for the first time at the age of 10 and read the Bible cover to cover for the first time at the age of 12 (it took me about 1 year). As I studied the scriptures, I developed a great love of the truths that they teach. My testimony grew much during my mission, and I had many special spiritual experiences that helped my faith grow. As a husband and father, my testimony continues to grow and expand. My love for Jesus and what He did for us brings me much joy. I currently meet with a group of friends from many different religions (which includes those that do not believe in Christ), and it gives me a chance to compare and contrast and explain my beliefs. I am struck by the simplicity of the gospel of Jesus Christ and how it easily explains many of the great philosophical problems that people struggle with. One of the most powerful of LDS beliefs is the concept of a pre-mortal existence and the fact that we are spirit children of God. This helps me understand the purpose of life and explains why this life includes so many trials. We cannot grow without opposition, and this life gives us that experience. It is a very different world view than what many Christians have, but it explains a lot.

How I live my faith

Since this church has a lay ministry, I have had the opportunity to serve in many capacities. My favorite callings have been serving with the young men in scouting and as a teacher for the youth. I currently serve as a priesthood leader and am responsible for a large group of men. I organize service projects and home teaching (where we make sure every family receives a visit each month). We help each other in time of need and even get together to play softball and other sports. I have made friends with several good men and this organization has been a great way for me to get to know my neighbors better.