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Hi I'm Jeff

Student, father, camping enthusiast, and madly in love with my wife. I'm a Latter Day Saint.

About Me

I am an Assistant Professor of Management at Black Hills State University. I have four amazing children, two boys (ages 8 and 5) as well as two princesses (ages 3 and 1). I have the most amazing wife who loves me despite my many faults, and despite the fact that I make an endless mess in our house. Sometimes she even lets me off the hook when I forget to the do the dishes, though I have learned not to forget too often. I love being outside and believe that camping is one of the best activities that families can do together. My wife and I are creating a "camping consultation" business where we teach family businesses to use camping as a means of building unity. Really, I think the business is just my wife's excuse for buying more gear, but who doesn't like owning a lot of camping gear. Most importantly, I am happy and couldn't ask for more in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a very religious home. My mom's family is filled with Lutheran ministers and missionaries. When I was in high school I had considered following this path as well. Unfortunately I had put my faith in the leaders of our congregation rather than focusing on Christ. As I got older I saw that these individuals, like all of us, were extremely flawed. As result I began to waver in my faith. When I started college I decided that I would find the truth about God, if such a thing existed. All I knew for certain was that Christ was the son of God. I also felt that members of Christ's true church would know that they belonged to the true church. This quickly shortened my list of churches to investigate as most churches didn't even profess the existence of absolute truth. I spent the next year bouncing between different protestant denominations. In many cases there wasn't consensus regarding specific doctrines making it difficult for me to find the "truth" that I was looking for. Other times something just didn't feel right. During this same time I had been communicating with a girl I knew from high school who happened to be Mormon. She had given me a copy of the Book of Mormon, but I had never read it. Knowing that I was testing out religions, this girl (who is now my wife) asked a friend of hers to call me to discuss the church. I hesitantly agreed to meet with the missionaries from the church. After a month of having the missionaries over for pizza, and doing a lot of reading on my own, I asked the missionaries if I could go to church. The first Sunday I went was Fast and Testimony. It was a little strange, but it felt right like nothing I had ever experienced before. I decided that I would give the church one more try. The next weekend was General Conference. I sat in the chapel through all 10 hours of the conference, reading scriptures and meeting with the missionaries between sessions. It was amazing. Two months later I was baptized.

How I live my faith

I have spent the past few years serving as the Bishop's secretary in our congregation. This means that I put together the agendas for meetings, answer phone calls, and serve as the gatekeeper for the Bishop's schedule. This is one of the most fulfilling experiences I have ever had. I have had the opportunity to service under two amazing bishops, learning very different things from each of them. I have also had the opportunity to meet most of the members of our ward. Most importantly, on a couple of occasions I have been privileged to know by the spirit when a member needed to meet with the bishop at a very particular time. I would talk with someone, not knowing why they were meeting with the bishop, yet know exactly what day, what time, and for how long to schedule the appointment. It is hard to express, but there is something undeniable about our ability to receive personal revelation when we are doing the Lord's work. Even more important than my calling, I strive to live my faith through the interactions I have with my family. My sons know that we can't go to bed without saying family prayer. They know that they need to read scriptures before school, though we are still working on making this a habit. They also have our family motto memorized and use it as a standard when considering their actions. While most of this credit goes to my wife, I am glad I was able to be part of it. I love my family, and more than anything else I want to ensure that I can be with them for all eternity. If that means that I have to forsake certain behaviors then so be it. If it means that I have to give up 10% of my income, so be it. If I have to rearrange my already crazy schedule, bring it on. I will do whatever the Lord asks me to do because I will be with my family forever. Wehrung Family Motto: We will prepare ourselves, both physically and spiritually, to joyfully do what the Lord asks. Even if it is hard, we will never give up.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

No two women are the same. This holds true both in and out of the church. Yet, there are some commonalities that you will see across most Mormon women. For example, most women in the church spend at least some time each day preparing themselves to be worthy of returning to be with their Heavenly Father. This means that they will typically pray and read their scriptures at least once each day. They will usually remind their spouse and children to do the same. Most mormon women also tend to keep themselves well groomed and avoid the use of foul language. They also have a greater focus on education than you find most other places. Most mormons will say that women in the church are superior to the men. They are often better at being an example to others and seem less restrained in their ability to serve others. Yet, making any direct comparison between men and women is like comparing apples and kittens. Women, and particularly mothers, have a divine responsibility to nurture. This requires them to have an increased capacity for empathy and the ability to supply emotional support. Men in the church have a responsibility to watch over the immediate needs of others, whether they are spiritual or temporal. The priesthood is a tool in doing this task. Both roles are necessary, and we need the combined effort of both the men and women of the church. Our children need the combined efforts of both their mothers and their fathers. Show more Show less