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Hi I'm Jeff.

I'm an electrical engineer and teacher, and the creator of the fantasy-casting website Storycasting.com - and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm glad to be a husband, father, and grandfather, married nearly 40 years to a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. I've been singing and playing guitar since my early 20's, and I still play the guitar I sang my children to sleep with when they were small. I've also been a science kid since about 4th grade, which led to my U.S. Air Force training in the measurement sciences, and my engineering career. I'm a life-long reader and learner, and I'm still learning new skills all the time. I have a vivid imagination, and usually develop a clear picture of the characters in the stories I read, which led to the creation of the Storycasting website. It's fun to connect with other readers and the authors who create great stories.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was raised a Mormon, my commitment was limited until I was about 19. Then I realized that I had to learn for myself if the things I had grown up with were just nice stories from loving parents and leaders, or were really true, in an objective, discoverable way. I was reading the scriptures fervently, trying to keep as much of God's commandments as I knew. Then one night I had a marvelous experience. It seemed as if the heavens were opened up and I felt God's love and power enter my life, assuring me that the things I was reading and learning were actually from Him, and that this was in very deed the true gospel of His Son Jesus Christ. And every year of my life since, I have had spiritual experiences that expanded on that assurance, confirming over and over to me that this is His church and His gospel. The Holy Spirit has helped me learn and overcome many things, and I am blessed and strengthened by that knowledge and testimony delivered to me as I live and serve in His church.

How I live my faith

I served as a full-time missionary in my youth, and then taught a teen Sunday-school class. I met my wife through the church's Young Single Adult program, and after we married I taught the adult Sunday school class. I have taught the gospel in the five congregations we have lived in for 35 years. Most recently I served in the Bishopric for a Young Single Adult ward, where we have helped hundreds of young people "mix, mingle, and marry". I helped create a community choir, and look forward to singing with them again when my church assignment allows it. In our young-married poverty, I was always being helped along the roadside by folks who had time and resources to help with vehicle trouble, and now I'm the one with the well-stocked pickup truck, "paying it forward" to those stranded along the roads and highways.

Are Mormons Christians?

Jeff.
To some extent, the answer to that question depends on the definition one uses. For some people, Christianity means an affiliation with one of the "traditional" Christian religions, with roots in Europe before the middle ages. Since the current "Mormon" faith was established in America in the early 19th century, some would automatically deny us the name of Christian. However, I feel that the definition has less to do with the time and country of founding, and more to do with the teachings, practices, and feelings of the members. As a science practitioner, I must point out that there is no thermometer or test-tube test for one's faith in the Lord Jesus Christ - we cannot objectively judge the hearts of the people around us, and certifiably claim anyone is or is not accepted by the Lord. You can examine our scriptures, our church publications, and the pronouncements of our leaders. You will find that we teach that Jesus Christ is just what He said He was - the Son of God and the Savior of the world. We have committed ourselves, with our finances and our labor, to the actions of love, caring, missionary work, and church service that He taught to His apostles. Additionally, I would also encourage music people to examine one of our hymnals, and thereby see how we express ourselves in song, in praise to our Father in Heaven and his Son. No one of open heart and mind can see our actions or study our music and claim that we are not a Christian people. Show more Show less