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Hi I'm Jeff.

I grew up in Western Washington and am a counselor for Navy personnel and their families. I'm a father and husband. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm married with four children. My wife and I both graduated from the University of Washington (Go Huskies!) and I later earned a graduate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. I currently work as a therapist with men and women serving in the Navy and their families. I previously worked as a therapist working with troubled teens with behavioral problems. I enjoy watching college athletics and my family enjoys getting out in the great outdoors in the Pacific Northwest - the mountains and the Puget Sound. I have volunteered with the Boy Scouts of America and am an Eagle Scout myself.

Why I am a Mormon

My dad was baptized when he was 18 years old and is the only member of the church in his family. My mom was in the Mormon faith. So, I was born into the Mormon Church. But, I'm a Mormon today because it feels right and brings me happiness. When I go to church with my family on Sunday, or when I'm kneeling with my family for prayer, I know I am where I am supposed to be and doing what I am supposed to be doing. It just feels right. Knowing that my relationships with my wife and children can continue after this life brings more meaning to the big and small things that I do with my family each day. This perspective also provides more motivation to me to persevere through challenges and resolve issues that surface in my life.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by attending church each week and serving in whatever capacity I am needed. I try to reach out to people who might be new to the area or congregation. My wife and I like to have new people over to make new friends and to let people know that they are welcome. I have had the opportunity to serve a lot of different people in different ways through my church. I have enjoyed many opportunities to work with the youth in our church and to help them and see them grow with one another through service and a unifying testimony of their Savior.

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

I think that self-reliance is important because it brings me and my family some peace of mind. I was laid-off from a job due to downsizing a couple of years ago and, even though I was not out of work for too long, we had enough money saved up and food stored that it wasn't as much of a burden to us as it could have been. When I am taking care of myself and my family, I feel that I am more available and able to help others in need. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

We don't worship Joseph Smith. I worship my Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith, Jr. was a called prophet of God and acted as a voice for God after such an absence of prophets on the earth. I love Joseph Smith for what he did as an instrument in God's hands and for his obedience in the face of so much adversity. Joseph Smith is an example to me, but not in the same way that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are. They are the ultimate example and resource for me. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

I absolutely believe that there is a prophet on the earth today, and I am so grateful for it! I love our prophet and I look forward to opportunities to hear what he has to say. I feel like the world is always changing and so even though the word of God in the scriptures is certainly applicable today, a living prophet gives us guidance and direction about how to apply God's commandments into our lives today. Sometimes, the things that we are facing today seem overwhelming or discouraging and a living prophet can be a voice to provide me with perspective and show me the path to safety when I may be unsure. I know that all prophets of God speak for Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Show more Show less