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Hi I'm Jeff

I own a small business. I'm a local politician. I climbed Mount St. Helens three times. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a co-owner of a business that my wife and I started over ten years ago. We have dedicated and wonderful employees that we appreciate very much. I am also active in our local community as a member of our city council. It takes lots of time, but it is so rewarding to work with members of our community to solve problems. I am married to an incredibly talented woman. As a young married couple, we pledged to be active in our local community. Now, many years later, we can look back with satisfaction at the many worthwhile local causes we have been involved with including school, sports, community service opportunities, scouting and so much more. The best part of being involved in our community is getting to know so many different people from all walks of life. We have four children that we love very much. Being a parent is a great adventure with many challenges, but also many rewards. We wouldn't trade these experiences for anything. Nothing brings us greater happiness than the good times we share as a family.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because it provides peace and purpose in my life. The truths I have learned about the gospel of Jesus Christ have provided answers to the questions of "Where did I come from", "why I am here" and "where am I going after this life". I have tested these gospel truths in my life and I have found out for myself that they are true.

How I live my faith

I currently serve as the leader of a congregation of young single adults ranging in age from 18 to 30 years old. I am responsible for our Sunday worship services and other spiritual matters pertaining to these young people. We also plan and carry out activities that help provide opportunities to fellowship and form meaningful friendships. I counsel with these young people as they make some of the most important decisions of their life including, education, employment and marriage. I encourage them to learn more about the gospel. I also help to prepare many of these young people to serve full time missions for our church. It is rewarding to see these young people sacrifice to go somewhere far from home to share the gospel with people they've never met. One of the highlights of this effort was to help my oldest son prepare to serve a mission. He is now in Sierra Leone West Africa. He is about half way through his two year mission. It has been a life changing experience for him. I find great satisfaction serving in the church. I have worked in various capacities over the years as a teacher, a Scoutmaster and a missionary leader, to name just a few. That is one of the great things about being a member of this church. There are so many opportunities to serve. We do so without compensation, but believe me, there is a great payoff. I have felt blessed by God as I have served, and it has brought great satisfaction and meaning to my life. As my wife and I have served in the church, it has set a great example for our children. They have grown up being selfless servants of others. In a father's day card two years ago, my oldest son said, "You've always been there for me, and when you weren't, you were there for someone else." I believe that my children have learned an important lesson through our example. That lesson is one that was best taught by Jesus Christ that "when you are in the service of your fellow beings you are in the service of your God."