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Hi I'm Jay

I love being in the outdoors, flying model airplanes, and creating stained glass windows; and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

There were two things I knew from a very young age that I wanted to do with my life: I wanted to be a father and an I wanted to be an engineer. Today I am married with two children and am enjoying a career in Aerospace Engineering. My oldest child is away attending college, and the younger is serving a mission for our church in Brazil. Having a family has been the highlight of my life. It has been a great source of joy and satisfaction for me to see both of my children grow up to be responsible adults and good citizens. I have a positive relationship with both of them and look forward to many years of good memories surrounding them. I graduated from college with a BS degree in Design Engineering and have worked the last 21 years for a major Aerospace company. I love my work and the good people I am able to associate with. I have many hobbies and interests. I am currently learning the art of stained glass, and have been creating panes for my home. I also enjoy working with the Boy Scouts, making and flying model airplanes, mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, and fly fishing.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the Mormon faith. Thinking back on my early years, I can recall countless individuals who have been an incredible influence for good in my life. Many of these people were caring members of the church who devoted much time in service to others. They helped to reinforce the positive messages my parents wanted me to hear: "stay away from drugs", "be a good citizen", "treat women with respect", "education is important", "be honest". The list is endless. I know that we are spiritual beings. I know that God is the father of our spirits, and that he has a plan for our happiness. The messages I learned from others in my youth are the messages God would have us hear so that we might be happy in this life, and find joy with Him in the next. I have remained an active member of the Mormon faith as an adult because I want an opportunity to serve God by passing these messages on to others.

How I live my faith

I have the privilege of working with the young men in my unit of the church. We work together in the Scouting Program. As a Boy Scout Team coach, I serve as an adviser to the boys who have been asked to lead the troop. It is my responsibility to see that they are trained in leadership principles, and to help them implement those principles during troop meetings and activities. I am also responsible simply to set a good example for the young men to see and follow. We also meet together every Sunday and discuss with the young men how God would have them conduct their lives. I do my best to help them understand the same principles I learned as a youth growing up in the church: moral and physical cleanliness, respect for self and others, service, love, and many others. In the workplace, I try to be "an example of the believer", as we have been asked to do in scripture. Without preaching, I attempt to be a friend and a help to all when I can.