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Hi I'm Jerry

I am married to a beautiful woman. I was voted best Dad in Colorado by my own kids. I'm a CPA with a personality. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Although I have had a successful career in finance/accounting, my greatest joy has come from working with kids as a volunteer. I have been a four-time scoutmaster, and have always loved working with youth. Doing so has helped keep me young...My wife would argue that it keeps me from acting mature at times!!! I also love spending time with my own 6 children. One is close to becoming engaged, which is amazing because I certainly don't feel old enough to be a grandfather any time soon. My mother, father, siblings, and in-laws are all BYU alumni. Now my money and two oldest daughters also go to BYU. I love reading all kinds of books. So do all the other members of our family. We have had to incorporate a rule that reading is not allowed at the dinner table. We have purchased five Nooks between all of us, and I use my Android phone for reading. I love all kinds of music--almost to the point of being eclectic. If you checked the "my_music" section on my Android, you would find everything from Heart, Dan Fogelberg, the Beach Boys, Rascal Flatts, Black-Eyed Peas, to John Denver, John Williams, Mozart, Hans Zimmer, Michael Buble, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Like I said, a little eclectic! Mostly, I'm still stuck on the music of my generation--the 80's. My career has led us to live in several different places in the United States. This has meant some pretty interesting cross-country trips to visit family members. Thank heavens for portable DVD players!

Why I am a Mormon

One of the greatest reasons I am a Mormon is because of my belief in the need for ongoing revelation in our day. I'm so relieved to know that our Heavenly Father has NOT quit communicating to his children in our day. Not only does he speak to his prophets, apostles, and other church leaders, he also answers my prayers and send me guidance through scriptures and promptings from the Holy Spirit. The world can be a pretty crazy place, and I have frequent need to turn to God for direction regarding various decisions in my life. I'm a Mormon, because I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. Not because someone else said it, but because I prayed and found out for myself. What a great thing to not have to rely on the belief of someone else. I'm also a firm believer in the importance of the family unit. Families or forever. Through the power of the priesthood and through obedience to God's commandments, my family will be together in God's kingdom when we return to our Heavenly Father after this life. Families are also for now. Although my family is not perfect, we are trying. My family is my best source of inspiration, encouragement, support, acceptance, consolation, and love. I can't imagine trying to make it through life without them!

How I live my faith

One of the greatest things about being a Mormon is being part of something much bigger than just yourself. Being a Mormon is being part of a large, church family. As a family, we all have something to contribute. I have always found great joy in church service. It is very rewarding, because you seen not only the instant buy long-term results of the service. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "You can't have society on your own terms". Rather, we have to serve to have a successful society. My favorite part of being a member of the church is the opportunities I have had to teach. Nothing makes me happier than being able to share what I have learned with others, and watching them "get it". This is most true when I have worked with kids. They are so eager to learn! They are also the future of not only the church, but of society as a whole. What a great responsibility! I have also had the opportunity to serve in some leadership callings in the church. Some would argue the pay is not good (we don't get paid for serving in the church). But I would argue the pay is fantastic! One of our church leaders once said something to the effect that God loves all of His children, but he often takes care them through the service provided by others. What goes around comes around, and I have also been a recipient of service when I have had need. Nothing is more gratifying for me than knowing I can be a part of something much bigger than myself.