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Hi I'm Jeff Songster

I grew up on a farm in Nebraska. I married a beautiful Nebraska girl. I'm a medical student, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband and father. We recently welcomed our third child and are definitely going through an adjustment phase. I am an eternal student. I am currently in medical school. I have been in school for eight years since high school, and have at least six more to go before I get to be what I want to be, a cardiologist. School is hard on a family with being gone early in the morning, not being home until late, and then having projects/studying to do when your home. We have worked very hard as a couple to have quality family time each day. Just the other day we were cleaning out the garage together and instead of throwing away cardboard, my girls gave me the idea to use it as a sled on go down the hill. The rest of the afternoon was spent with me pulling them down a grassy hill on sheets of cardboard while my wife and newborn watched. It was an evening of fun and laughter. My family is my major source of happiness and support.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was born, my parents had already joined the church and been sealed in the temple. They joined after my brother was born, doing badly in the hospital, and received a healing blessing by two special local ward priesthood holders. My grandma had joined the church earlier and suggested that my parents allow these men to give a blessing. When my brother turned around immediately after the blessing, my parents decided to meet with the missionaries and learn about the church. A few years later, I was born and subsequently raised in the church. As a young man about 16, I began to question the standards of the church. I wanted to do some things that were not okay and I needed to know if there really was a God and if these standards were His or not. I remembered a promise in the Book of Mormon saying that if you read and ask God if it is true, He will tell you. I began to read it for the first time on my own, and I could not put it down. I would stay up until early morning reading. Soon I finished and read the promise. That night, I knelt in prayer beside my bed and asked God if what I had read was true. I felt a wonderful feeling fill and swell in my heart. I learned that night and I still know today that the Book of Mormon is true. God is real, and He lives today. I know He loves me and answers prayers. I know Jesus Christ is the Son of God and our savior. He died and was resurrected for us. I know He suffered the punishment for our sins so we don't have to if we will repent, accept him, and live his teachings. I have felt the power of the atonement of Christ in my life and know it is true. Often God sends me reminders of his love and truth through the Holy Ghost as I live His teachings.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by striving for integrity. I do my best to follow the promptings of the Holy Spirit to help those around me. I have changed a quite a few tires and pushed many cars off busy streets. I also love to pray for people who are going through something difficult. Prayer brings me closer to those I pray for as well as to God. Personally, as a couple, and as a family we learn the scriptures and pray. My favorite prayers are from my daughters; they are so pure. In the church, I teach Sunday school classes to 6-7 year old children. I love it. I have been touched and changed for the better because of these special children. I enjoy putting effort into preparing a lesson that will reach them and teach them. I make plans to help them overcome behavior problems, instead of just ignoring it during my one hour a week teaching them. I want them to become their best and grow to be wonderful adults. I recently started working with the cub scouts in our ward too. It is fun to lead them and reward them for their efforts in earning badges.