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Hi I'm Jeremy

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Home town boy with interests in the out doors traveling and having fun. Just went fishing on the Puyallup river and brought home four Salmon in a matter of about an hour to two hours. This is my new hobby. I also like camping and hiking. Last weekend my wife and I went up to Sunrise, one of the parks in Mt Rainier national park, and hiked to the Fremont lookout and got some of the best views of the mountain I have seen in a long time. I also managed to do some mountain bike riding. I just finished up a family medicine residency and prior to starting work, I hauled my four children and wife down the east coast, over the coarse of three weeks. We toured all the eastern states from Maine down to Florida. We learned of history, business, religion, and enjoyed some family friendly entertainment along the way. In all we traveled over 7000 miles in our van. We rolled into Seattle on Sunday and started my new job on Monday. With in two weeks we were back on the road for another 3000+ mile adventure. When I am not out enjoying the activities of life, I play doctor in a clinic near where I live. This has its own taste of fun and interesting that keep me equally busy. Most important though is hanging out with my family, and hence the reason I moved back to Washington. It is important for me to have my children live close to their family and get to know them, as I firmly believe that families are forever.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in home where my parents were both converts, my dad as a teenager and my mom just prior to concieving me. They had a strong interest in the church and this always impressed me. Often times I would wake early and find my father reading in his scriptures or praying at the couch. At a young age I knew that these things were important to him and to my mom. They would often leave us for an evening so they could attend a temple session. Their example was profound, it made me want to know more. It made me want to understand the motive for such things. As I read the scriptures I felt a peace and happiness that filled my heart. When I prayed to God asking if he loved me and knew who I was, this happiness was increased. Many times through out my life as I have experimented with the scriptures and the teachings of this church, I have gained further insight into who I am. From the teachings of this faith, I have come to know that I am a child of God, and as such I have a divine potential. I have learned of the significance and importance of Jesus Christ. I know him as my brother who loved me so much that he willing took upon him my sins, that if I would repent, that I could be made clean again. I know christ as the man who gave his life that I might live again. I have found over and over again that God knows me, that he hears and answers my prayers. I have felt peace and joy as I have lived God's commandments. This has helped to further my faith in God. I have seen personal miracles in my life that have further manifested this truth to me. I have not been without trial in my life. I have lost both a close brother and my sweet wife in this life, yet the prinicpals of faith that this religion has taught me, has given me strength to carry on in some of my darkest hours. It has given me hope when otherwise I was hopeless. It has bouyed me up in my time of need. How might a religion do this, you might ask? Simply put, it is of God. It is true.

How I live my faith

My day to day activities are a reflection of my faith. When I wake in the morning, I strive to have prayer with my wife. Prior to every meal I strive to pray. I attend church meetings on Sunday. During this day I avoid the things that I can do other days of the week. I spend this with my family. Sundays are a special day different than the rest. I have weekly family meetings with my children and my recently newly wed wife, where we teach something about our faith. During this meeting our children share talents, we sing together, we recite some of the core beliefs of our faith. Sometimes our children teach the lesson. Some times they share their own personal views and beliefs about our faith. We play games and have treats. We read scriptures with our children nightly. So far we have read the New testament, the Book of Mormon, and now we are reading in the Doctrine and Covenants. My wife and I have a goal to attend the temple at least once a month. Our children have a nightly routine that includes them saying their prayers and my wife and I singing them songs from church. Every month I try to fast. This means that I do not eat for two meals. The money that I saved from these two meals then goes to my church leader so that people in my congregation that are in greater need than me might have something extra to help them. I pay tithing with every pay check. Tithing is ten percent of your income. I do this dutifully and have found my life greatly enhanced for this. I avoid alcohol, drugs and tobacco. I avoid the viewing or listening too of inapropriate materials whether on the radio, tv, internet or elsewhere. I strive daily to be honest in all I do. I continously court my wife. I honor my marriage and consider it a sacred promise that I have made not only to her but to my God. It is important to me that she know she is loved and cherished. In this and many more ways I live my faith.