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Hi I'm Jerry White

I joined the Church at 24. I'm a convert, a husband, a father, a grandfather and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am retired now. I was in real estate development most of my life as a development Project Manager, Consultant and Brokerage owner. My father was a farrmer so working with the land came naturally to me. I also served as the Yavapai County, AZ, Planning and Zoning Director when we lived in Prescott, AZ. I am blessed to live within a short bicycle ride of our 3 daughters (my friends) and most of our 14 grandchildren. It's great to watch them play football, basketball and learn to dance in rectitals. Our son lives with us right now and helps with things we can't do. It''s wonderful to be close to our favortie people; our family.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were salt-of-the-earth followers of Christ and were the most charitable people I knew. In my youth I went to church with them every week, but in my teenage years I began to question some of the things I was being taught. Some churches taught we would be saved even without baptism, and others taught without baptism we could not be saved. I thought that was not fair either way. The Bible says, "Except a man be born of the water and the spirit he cannot enter the Kingdom of God." What about the millions of His children that never had the opportunity to hear the word of Christ? Would they be lost, as some said, or would they be saved regardless, as others taught despite the scriptural requirement of baptism? When I went to College, I studied all the "ologies"; psychology, anthropology, geology and even paleontology. They pretty much taught man is just another animal and will live a few years, die and that's the end. I began to feel the gospel teachings of my youth were just stories, too good to be true. I met and married a Mormon girl. She had a strong testimony of the gospel teachings of her youth and one day invited missionaries to our apartment. I was surprised but decided I could straighten them out because I felt they were wrong. However, when the two missionaries arrived, one of them was a farmer like my father so I listened respectfully. They invited me to read The Book of Mormon, kneel in prayer and ask God if it was true. They answered my questions about baptism and salvation for those that did not hear the gospel in this life and bore testimony of truth by the Spirit. I read, prayed and asked God to tell me if it was true and received a powerful witness through the Holy Spirit that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is true, Joseph Smith was a prophet, and if he saw Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, then they live and are real. It changed my life and I have had such wonderful joy because of my membership in the Church.

How I live my faith

My faith is applicable 24/7. Serving God is not just a Sunday thing. It's a part of every minute of every day. My thoughts are always attuned to what He would want me to be throughout my day. We worship on Sunday and serve one another's needs 7 days a week. Our members look after each other and we go visit families monthly to make sure their needs are being met. I serve as an assistant to the leader of a group of men in our Ward that have responsibilities to watch over our members. We help each other find jobs when needed, or set budgets when helpful or move from one home to another if necessary. We urge Temple attendance to help us feel the Spirit and grow closer to the Lord. We try to live our lives in our neighborhood as we do amongst our members. We believe all people are our brothers and sisters from the same Heavenly Father and we treat them as such. If a neighbor needs help, we are anxious to assist. I don't have the strength any longer to do much, but I can be a support and friend to our neighbors and appreciate their kindnesses to me and my wife.