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Hi I'm Jeff

I'm a faithful husband and father, an average golfer (and have fun trying to get better) a 'do-it-yourselfer' and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a happily married man of 25 years. I met my wonderful wife, Rachael, in a little town called Sunsites, AZ, which is where I spent my teenage years. My father was a small-town country Dr. that taught his kids the importance of serving others. My wife and I have been blessed with 5 great kids. We have also raised 2 wonderful girls that joined our family. 3 of our kids are currently full-time college students, with another one getting ready to go soon. I have worked for The Home Depot for 21 years, and have become an avid 'do-it-yourselfer' (mostly out of necessity). My work takes me to different areas of the great Pacific NW. For fun, I enjoy the game of golf. I don't claim to be any good, but I do enjoy it. Every year, my 3 brothers and I have a reunion, of sorts. We get together and play golf for 4-5 days and it gets pretty competitive. It's a way that we can keep in touch with each other and not allow life to break us apart. My 2 oldest sons served a mission for our church in Japan, and I served a mission in Washington, DC. I grew to love the people out there and would love to go back some day.

Why I am a Mormon

As a husband and father it's really hard for me to see how I would ever be able to raise a family in todays' society without the Gospel of Jesus Christ guiding my thoughts and influencing my decisions. It's just so crazy out there, and I want to give my kids everything they need to avoid the heartaches of going down the wrong paths. There's such a better way! I have found in the LDS church the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I truly believe that this is the same church organization that Jesus set up as His church when He was here. He gave authority to His apostles to act in His name, and when they died, that was gone with them. It had to be restored by Christ again, and I believe He did that. Throughout the years, there were many great men who saw that same need, and they tried. But even they knew a true 'restoration' had to be done by Christ Himself.

How I live my faith

The LDS Church is all about service. As a member of the church, there's never a dull moment! I have had so many different responsiblilties, or 'callings' in our church. I think my favorite thing has been working with the teenage youth in what we call 'Mutual' or 'Young Men/Young Women' (YM/YW). I have taken young teenage boys on 50 mile hikes, 5-day canoe trips, 250 mile bike rides, etc. I have no idea how I was able to keep up with them! We've done a Pioneer reinactment, and the kids actually look forward to it and sign up way in advance. My co-workers can't believe that any teenager today would want to pull a handcart for 18 miles dressed in old clothes, sleep on the ground and eat broth and hard bisquits! I had to bring them pictures to prove it! I currently serve as a member of the 'Bishopric'. The Bishop is the spiritual leader of our congregation, or 'ward'. He has 2 counselors, and I am one. I love working with our Bishop in serving our ward. I get the opportunity to really see what everyone does for each other-to help each other. Not for praise or recognition, it's done out of love for each other and love for our Savior. It makes me want to try that much harder. And no one gets paid for serving in the Church. We have a lay clergy. Our bishop, his counselors, and everyone else has their full-time jobs and/or family responsibilities along with their church callings. Our family prays together and reads the scriptures together. We try to do it every day, but it gets pretty crazy with 4 teenagers. Often times I will catch one of the kids in their rooms quietly reading the scriptures on their own. It's so reassuring to see them wanting to live a life that is contrary to what so many kids would try to pressure them into. So many challenges that I see my co-workers stress over with their kids. What a wonderful blessing the Gospel is!

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Our Heavenly Father desires for us to live with Him again. But we know through the scriptures that one of the laws of heaven is that 'no unclean thing can enter into His presence'. The laws of heaven operate on the principles of justice and mercy. Because we are human, we often make mistakes, or sin, which makes us unfit to return to His presence. Our Savior gave of Himself to take upon Him our sins. We are incapable to fulfill the measure of justice required without his interceding in our behalf. Our part is to sincerely repent of our wrongdoings. This is how we enact the Atonement in our lives. The saving ordinance that washes away our sins, or allows us to take upon ourselves the name of Christ, is through baptism performed by one who hold the proper authority, or 'priesthood'. We then partake of the sacrament to renew those covenants we make at baptism. Our Father desires everything He has for us. He has provided all that is necessary to do so. It requires our faith to accept and enact these blessings in our lives. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

We believe the power to create life is meant for marriage between a man and a woman. This is becoming more and more foreign among the youth of today. But not living by this princple brings so much heartache and misery in so many lives. Yes, teenage kids can and do live their lives without having sex. It's not a given that they're 'just going to do it, anyways'. Not necessarily. It's not naive to have confidence that kids can live virtuous lives. They can and do. It has been successful in my family. My kids have matured into adulthood with clean minds and clear consciences. I have a daughter who is happily married now and will one day tell her children that she did it and they can live a chaste life, too. Don't let society dictate what your family can achieve! Kids are amazingly strong when they have our support and guidance. Show more Show less