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Hi I'm Jeff

I'm just an ordinary person, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have served as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Japan, an intelligence specialist in the US military, and now work for a public utility taking care of water resources. I love hiking and exploring.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm happiest when I am trying to help others. In the many organizations I've participated in, I've never had as many opportunities to serve others as I have in this church. We have no professional clergy, so we all take care of each other, trying to help everyone have greater peace and joy in our lives by coming closer to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I have known no greater joy than what I have experienced by being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have studied the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and other scriptures containing God's word, and have sought His help to know if they are true. Through this, and through living the teachings in those words, I have learned that God does live; He is our Father and loves us all. His Son, Jesus Christ, is the Savior of the world. He suffered and gave His life for us so that we could have peace and joy both in this life and after death. Joseph Smith was a true prophet, and through the direction and power of God he restored this church. Thomas S. Monson is God's prophet on the earth today. I know these things are true. That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I strive to focus on those around me, and try to know how God would have me serve them. I try to study from the scriptures and have sincere prayer daily in order to be in tune with the Holy Ghost. I know from experience that the Holy Ghost can teach me what I need to know to help others--my family, my friends, my neighbors, and even those I don't know. If I can do something--even something small--to brighten someone's day, it gives me great joy. I strive to be a peacemaker. There are so many who seem to crave confrontation, when the Savior taught us to be meek, humble, and full of love. It is hard to love some people sometimes, especially when they do wrong to me or those I care about. But aren't those times the best opportunities to try to be like Jesus Christ, who forgave even the soldiers who crucified Him? I feel that truly living as a Christian means letting go of our pride and our self-interest, and giving for the welfare of others. I have a very long way to go to reach this kind of love and maturity, but my gratitude for the many blessings Heavenly Father has given me and the love I have for Him and His Son motivate me to keep trying.