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Hi I'm Jeff

I live in Arizona, work for the state in a prison facility with 130 inmates in a metal fabrication shop.

About Me

I have been married to my best friend Linda for 38 years and have two children, a boy and girl who are both married. We have four grandchildren, two boys and two girls a wonderful son-in-law and daughter-in-law. We love being together and enjoy our Sunday evenings together where we enjoy meals, read, study, and learn together. We also play games and talk about our fishing trips in the mountains of Arizona and how big the fish we caught, that got away! Even though we have been affected by the economic down turn, we are able to put our feelings aside, especially when we get together with our children their spouses and grandchildren. It takes the sting out of the challenge of life. I currently work in the prison system and have found an opportunity with a new job in working with and assisting inmates that have lost their values and self-esteem and enjoy helping and assisting them in learning a trade that they can use once released from prison. I also enjoy heading them in the direction of their faith once they get out so they can receive direction and spiritual guidance. I love to fish, play golf and work in the yard.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because of the guiding principles we have that help us to follow the Savior and realize the Infinite Atonement and what it means to all who have ever lived on this earth. We are taught early in life how to recognize the Spirit of the Holy Ghost who reveals God's truth to all who are willing to learn and understand His word. I am grateful for parents who taught me how to look for the good in others whether of our faith or not. As a Mormon I have gained a greater appreciation for the Bible and the Book of Mormon, which both testify of Jesus Christ, His life, His ministry, His death and resurrection. We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly. We also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God. I have been sealed to my wife for time and all eternity by one in authority from our Heavenly Father. My wife and I and our children can be together for ever, providing we keep ourselves pure and obey the commandments. If we falter, we have the principle of repentance which the Lord made all things possible when he took upon himself the sins, pains, anguish and sickness for you and me in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross at Calvary. He suffered that we might be saved in His Kingdom at that great and last day. We love the Savior and know that there is no other means whereby a man can be saved.

How I live my faith

After my mission to Scotland and going to school, I found my best friend and we were married in 1974. We made it a goal never to miss attending our church meetings and keeping the Sabbath day holy. Our children grew up with this example, which was a blessing to us as parents. My wife and I have both served in various capacities in the church. I was fortunate to work with the youth for over 19 years before being called to serve as a Bishop. I was blessed beyond measure and loved every experience I had with the members during my 6 plus years. Part of living our faith is the opportunity we have of giving by serving. We have no paid ministry in the church and accept calls from church leaders to serve in any capacity needed to keep each unit progressing, fellowshipping and most importantly assisting each other to come unto Christ. This is why we are a happy people, because we don't need to aspire for positions, or wonder why he or she was called to a position. We are a church of common consent and sustain one another in whatever callings we receive and know that we are serving, as well as learning as we serve. We read in the scriptures, that when we are in the service of our fellow beings, we are only in the service of God. Being a Mormon I have gained a greater love for the Atonement of the Savior and realize that it was an Infinite Atonement that we must always study it out through the scriptures, in our minds and hearts. I have found that by doing this, the spirit of a loving Heavenly Father reveals the truth and understanding of it to me for my personal spiritual growth. This has helped me to be able to forgive, forget and move on with my life.