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Hi I'm Jeff

I am a retired California Police Officer, inspired to move to Utah and loving it! I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a 57 yr old, California native, living in Utah. I retired as a police officer after 22 years of service. I loved the job and feel a real sense of satisfaction for the many people I was able to help. I would still be a cop, if I hadn't been injured on duty. I am currently single after my marriage of 12 years ended. I have a grown son by a previous marriage still living in California. I used to be a lot more active in my youth, enjoying scuba diving, snow/water skiing, bowling and shooting. I am the organizer of a LDS Singles Social group for 45 yrs old and older. This is keeping me very busy and I'm making more friends now than I've ever had in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

Because I tried not to be for 30 years and it brought me only sadness, disappointment and dispair. Although I was born into the church, I strayed away in my early 20's. I always said that "Mormonism" wasn't just a religion, but rather a way of life" and I reached a point in life that I wanted to "eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die". Despite my rebelliousness, God blessed me with safety during my law enforcement career. I had convinced myself that God really didn't exist. Yet, even though I told myself this, I'd find myself telling those individuals who were either contemplating or had attempted suicide, that GOD loved them and they were just going through a hard time. I urged them to get in touch with their maker and ask for help. Kind of wierd as I didn't take my own advise. After "kicking against the pricks", and truely fearing death, I reached a point that I was so alone, miserable and disappointed in my life I had to change. One night, I finally humbled myself, dropped to my knees and begged God to forgive me for the choices I had made. Little did I know, that my (ex)wife who is agnostic had been praying for me. I began to feel a sense of peace but not yet forgiveness, come to my life. As I stayed true to the promise I made to God to change my life, one night in prayer I felt I was forgiven. I cannot adequately convey the feeling of joy that came over me. Now everyday has purpose. I am happy, content and no longer fear the day my life will end. I know God has not stopped talking to mankind and he does so through his prophet, Thomas S. Monson, today. After all, if the Bible warns of false prophets; how can you have false ones, if there aren't true ones? Wouldn't God have just said, "Beware of prophets"? Just a thought! Now, my goal is to find a companion and share the joy of our faith in Jesus Christ and to be married to her for all eternity.

How I live my faith

One day at a time. I look forward to Sundays and see them as my "spiritual battery charger". I strive to pray in the morning when I wake and at night before going to sleep, and thank my Heavenly Father for the amazingly, wonderful life and family he has blessed me with. I avoid movies, music and TV shows that chase away the companionship of the Holy Ghost, that I was given when I was baptized and forgiven of the sins of my past. I strive to understand, appreciate and never forget the incomprehensible sacrifice that my oldest brother, Jesus Christ made on my behalf, to spare me the punishment of my past, present and future sins.

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Jeff
The second greatest gift that our Heavenly Father has given us for our adventure here on earth, the first being his only begotten Son as a sacrifice for our sins, is the potential companionship and guidance of the Holy Ghost. He is the third member of the Godhead, the other members being God the Father and Jesus Christ. They are three distinct beings, yet ONE in purpose. It is the Holy Ghost's mission to be a witness to us of ALL truth. As he is a spiritual being, he can enter our bodies & souls and give us comfort, warnings, guidance and "tell" us in our hearts, what is TRUTH. So now you don't have to believe what anyone tells you. You can go to our Eternal Father in prayer and ask if this church or The Book of Mormon is true, or even if HE really exists, and he WILL send the Holy Ghost to you to give you your own personal assurance of what is true. Now, here comes the hard part. You have to be ready and willing to act on this witness of truth, change your life and follow your Savior, Jesus Christ in whatever he asks of you. If you are not sincere and committed to change, the witness you receive will not remain with you. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Jeff
As “God is the same yesterday, today and forever”...and he spoke to mankind through his prophets in ancient times, why wouldn't he continue to speak to us through his prophets, especially in the difficult times we now face? There is a prophet who guides the world today. God was not through instructing us when he gave us the Holy Bible. He still had more to tell us and has done so through the additional sacred records of the Book of Mormon, Doctrine & Covenants and Pearl of Great Price. We do not have to interpret his intent, solely with The Bible. With these additional Holy Scriptures we can know if our understanding of the Bible is correct. But HOW do you know if this is true? The second greatest gift that our Heavenly Father has given us for our adventure here on earth, is the potential companionship and guidance of the Holy Ghost. It is his mission to be a witness to us of ALL truth. So now you don't have to believe what anyone tells you. You can go to our Eternal Father in prayer and ask if this church or The Book of Mormon is true, or even if HE really exists, and he WILL send the Holy Ghost to you to give you your own personal assurance of what is true. Show more Show less