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Hi I'm Jess

I'm a husband and father in a blended family, and a nuclear radiologist. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My favorite activity, my hobby as it were, is simply doing about anything with my wife and kids - playing games, watching movies, having dinner or just going out somewhere, anywhere, here in our new home town in Washington, or across the state, country and world. Yeah, I guess I am a little bit of a health nut, food and exercise-wise, perhaps influenced by my occupation as a radiologist and nuclear medicine physician. And I suppose my other hobby can be considered my work, as I've spent most of my career, both in the Army (retired) and currently at an Army hospital as a civilian, as an academic physician, teaching resident trainees and hopefully helping other doctors help their own patients.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I didn't go to church much when I was growing up, I believed in a Heavenly Father and was taught a little bit about Jesus Christ. It was in my first year of college that I agreed to let the missionaries regularly visit me, and all of what they had to say and what I was hearing in church began to simply and progressively make sense, at least to my logical mind. And questions, some of which I hadn't thought much about, were being wonderfully answered. Why wouldn't a loving Heavenly Father want us to be families forever? Why wouldn't the restored Church of Jesus Christ be just like at the time when He walked the earth? But it wasn't until I saw the missionaries who were teaching me during my 2nd year in college, simply walking on a campus street, that the Holy Ghost whispered to me, "These are men of God, listen to them." I knew right then I had to baptized. That was 40 years ago and I haven't looked back. My faith and love for Jesus Christ has grown powerfully over the years, from making it through heartbreaking trials but receiving blessings too numerous to name, from raising wonderful children and meeting my eternal companion, and from serving the Lord by serving my fellow brothers and sisters on this earth and those who have gone before us.

How I live my faith

Over the past 40 years my faith and testimony of Jesus Christ has grown through the many opportunities of service in His church. Many times it has been in the home, helping my children or wife with things that often benefit from the restored Gospel. It has been through visiting and helping the members of the congregation and community, ranging from many callings in the Church such as my current duty as a counselor to the men's organization leader, to multi-congregational projects. But perhaps it is through serving and helping the individual brother or sister who at that particular time in their life needed a helping hand, loving support, or spiritual uplifting, which has brought me the closest to my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. And with my love of teaching, it has been a blessing to have been with virtually every age group on Sundays, from pre-school to adults, probably learning more from the materials and from the students than what I ever hoped I was teaching to them.