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Hi I'm Jeff

I grew up in Eagar Arizona and have worked as a School Guidance Counselor for 25 years. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in a small town in Eastern Arizona due to the fact that Brigham Young asked my Great-great Grandfather to pull up stakes in Nephi Utah and move to this part of Arizona. I love the heritage that I come from and appreciate the toil and trouble it took them and others to tame this part of Arizona. In high school I participated in football, and wrestling (for sports) and was also always involved in music having learned how to play the piano as well as the saxophone. I was always a small person so I didn't start on the football team but found my niche in wrestling where I was able to place 3rd at the state wrestling tournament 3 years in a row only losing 1 match in each of those tournaments. It was nice succeeding at something where small stature was a plus. I've graduated from the university with a BA in Communications and also completed a graduate degree in Counseling. I'm proud of those accomplishments. Because of those degrees earned I've been able to work in my home town and help other while working as a guidance counselor for 25 years. I'm a married father with 5 children (1 boy and 4 girls). Two are attending college at present and three are still in high school doing well.

Why I am a Mormon

I come from a large and long heritage of being members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon). This would possibly make someone ask "Why are you a Mormon?" Well, as Mormons we believe that each-and-every-individual should know for themselves if the doctrines and beliefs of the Mormon church are "true". I'm included in that which means that at some point in time I needed to find out for myself rather than believe something just because it's part of my heritage or because it's what my parents believed. My moment of truth came on December 22, 1975 in Northern Illinois where I was working at the time. I really, really wanted to know if all this stuff I'd been taught was true. I knelt in personal prayer and asked my Heavenly Father directly if it were so. I can tell you I received a spiritual confirmation to my soul from Him that it was and is. I know it, and I'm grateful for the knowledge the feeling that I received. It sustains me in troubled times. Life gets hard and troublesome at times but to have that knowledge and recognition given me straight from heaven is a major comfort and blessing. I'm very grateful...

How I live my faith

I have always been active in my community from a young age. This is due to several factors such as having parents who taught me to take part and serve others and your community. The other factors are that my church recognizes the value of losing one's self in the service of others. A person can usually feel better about hard personal circumstances after serving someone else in who is suffering or having difficulties. My church is one of the largest sponsors of The Boy Scouts of America which as an organization stresses service to others. Because of these above mentioned factors I've been able to do a variety of things to help and serve in my community and church. For example I was elected and served two terms on our local town council serving for 8 years on various boards and committees. Since the church is a volunteer organization without a paid clergy I've had many opportunities to "serve" in different "jobs" or "callings" as we refer to them. (Sunday school teacher, scout leader, ecclesiastical supervisor, missionary, preparedness supervisor, etc.... just to name a few.) Each and every one of these positions provided me with growth as a person as I assisted others who needed help. Many times as a volunteer I'd go in sort of grumbling to begin with but come out feeling great because of the satisfaction and good feelings obtained from the service.