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Hi I'm Jeff

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I spent my early years in Utah and Texas, but have lived for the past half of my life in Washington State. My chosen career is in aerospace, and I've enjoyed the opportunity to design spacecraft, launch systems, and other space-related products since graduating from college. I have a wonderful wife and family who are the joy of my life, and who bring a richness to my life that just keeps getting better. I love the outdoors – camping, hiking, and canoeing are few activities that I enjoy. I like to sing in small groups and choirs, I dabble in playing guitar, and I enjoy woodworking in my spare time.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and was baptized at the age of eight while living in Utah. At the time, all of my friends were also members of the church, and so I didn't think much about it - we went to church on Sundays, and had other church-related activities during the week. But then my family moved to Texas when I was 10, and I came to realize that what I did in my church was sometimes different from what others did in theirs. While others believed in Jesus Christ as I did, they didn't seem to have the same devotion to their belief. Then, at the age of 19 I was able to serve as a full-time missionary in Japan, sharing the gospel message with many who had no fundamental belief in Christ. Before that time, I had a firm faith in the Savior, but then in Japan I witnessed how the gospel could truly affect people for good as they embraced the message of the Savior's atonement. This brought a deeper conviction of the truthfulness of the message I was sharing, and I could testify to people that this gospel of Christ would bring them happiness. There were some that felt that any path would lead people to God. I was able to teach that while many paths may lead to God in this life, there is only one path that leads to eternal happiness beyond this life. Since that mission experience, I have witnessed again and again the joys that the gospel brings into people's lives, and I've felt the joy that it brings into my own life as I strive to follow the Savior's teachings.

How I live my faith

At home, my wife and I have tried to raise our children with an appreciation for the important things in this world - family, faith, and others. My feeling is that our faith should influence all of our activities - not just attendance at church on Sunday, but in our everyday lives. I’ve always enjoyed our family time – whether in weekly family nights, together around the dinner table, or on many roadtrips in a minivan going to see extended family or other interesting places. With some of our children now grown and out of the house, we treasure the rare times that we can get together. At church, I serve as a Sunday School teacher - preparing lessons each week to teach to the adult members of our congregation. While I don't know how much others gain from the lessons, I learn a lot. We are studying from the New Testament this year, and I have come to a greater appreciation of Jesus Christ and His teachings, as well as the dedication of His apostles and church leaders after His resurrection. My faith is an anchor in my life in the midst of the turbulent world around me. While it’s not always easy to live by my beliefs, I try to do so – whether at home, at work, or any other place I may be in.