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Hi I'm Jeff

I am a father of 6 kids; 3 with autism. I work in information technology and I love all things computer and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Phoenix, moved to Alaska for a couple of years, and grew up in eastern Washington state. After graduating from high school, I served as a missionary for the Mormon Church in Ukraine. I got my bachelor's degree in computer engineering and my master's degree in information management. I currently work as a database administrator/application administrator/project manager for my local community college district. I have been married to a wonderful woman for almost 11 years and we have 6 amazing children - three of which have been diagnosed with autism. While I have spent considerable time in my life making sure my children get the help they need (and I'm very pleased with the results), I still take time to pursue my hobbies and interests. I enjoy reading history, I'm involved with local politics, and I love all things computer. I build my own computers and I've tried most computer variations that are out there (PC, Mac, Linux, etc.). I also enjoy spending time with family and friends and am fortunate enough to be very close to both sides of my family.

Why I am a Mormon

Life is a roller-coaster. Sometimes its great and sometimes its awful. One thing it's not is consistent. My faith and God and efforts to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ are a consistent source of joy and comfort in the good times and the bad. I am well educated and though some believe that as a person obtains knowledge, they no longer are bound down to a belief in God, I feel the opposite is true. As I have learned more and more about how the world works, I am more and more convinced that it is all guided by a divine hand. God is real and His influence is all around us. If we open our minds and our hearts, we can see and feel that divine influence. In my life, that influence has made the bad time bearable and the good times even better. There are hundreds of logical reasons to be a mormon but none of them are good enough. I am a mormon because the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. I have felt it deep in my heart and I continue to feel it as I live the Gospel. The logic of the doctrine, the organization of the church, the consistency of the message all serve to increase my faith but they are not the source of it. I feel it in my heart and it brings joy to my life. If I didn't, I would not be a member.

How I live my faith

My faith is intertwined with everything I do. It is my moral compass. It guides my decisions and actions at home, at work, and where-ever I may be. Simply put, it's part of who I am. It helps me to see outside of myself and really desire to help others. It helps me to let go of anger and frustration whether directed at people or circumstances and to be happy even when it seems that everything is going wrong. In short, it makes me a better and a happier person. As well as building my personal faith, my church also gives me opportunities to serve others. I currently volunteer with a church sponsored scout troop. It is a great experience to work with some of the young men in my congregation and in the neighborhood. The scouting program helps them develop talents and habits that will serve them well as they live their lives. I'm proud to be a part of that. I also have opportunities to visit and support some of the families in my congregation. I find that my experiences with them build friendships and give me a lot of satisfaction. It is true that the more we give, the more we get.