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Hi I'm Jeff

I'm a university professor and an avid flyfisherman. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a economist, a husband, a father, and a flyfisherman. I love fly fishing and have been flyfishing for trout the past 15 years.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm Mormon at least partially because my parents are Mormon. My family has been Mormon for a long time--nearly as long as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has existed. But my parents being Mormon isn't the full reason I'm Mormon. I'm Mormon because I believe in Jesus Christ. I believe that His church is on the Earth today and is called the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I believe that Joseph Smith restored Christ's church and that the Book of Mormon is evidence of that restoration. Because I believe these things, I try to live my life the way that God would want me to. I have found that trying to live up to God's standards makes my life meaningful and fulfilling. Believing in God has not always been easy for me. The notion of an all-knowing, all-powerful God can be difficult to believe in. I believe in God because when I've sought Him, He has answered. There are experiences in my life that let me know that He is aware of me and my circumstances. Those moments are rare, but in those moments God's love for me is clear. Believing in God doesn't mean that I don't have doubts about my faith, but that, on balance, my faith outweighs my doubt.

How I live my faith

It took me a while but I finally realized that living my faith necessarily involves other people. Christian living requires that you interact with and serve other people. I live my faith by serving in the Church. I have served in various capacities including as the financial clerk of my ward. I was in charge of making sure the funds of the Church are collected and disbursed appropriately. I get to see firsthand how Church money is used to help people in the community--both members of the LDS church and people who aren't. I also live my faith by seeking to help those in need. I think that helping those who need help was one of the Savior's central messages while he was on earth. I try to be aware of people who are struggling and offer a kind word or a laugh when they need it. I also get to visit with other Mormons in my area and help them with odds and ends--anything from helping them move, taking out their trash, or praying with them. I live my faith by trying to be kind. It's a work-in-progress, but hopefully I'm getting better.