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Hi I'm Jay

I grew up in Western New York. I raise honeybees. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a father of 3. I'm a beekeeper. I'm an accordian player. I'm a scout leader. I'm an old car enthusiast. I'm a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents had been baptized 4 years prior to my birth and moved several hours across state where the church was much less established. The closest chapel was on a nearby Indian reservation, about 45 minutes from our home. Somewhere between the recession, rising gas prices, building a new home, starting a new teaching job, living in a new town with no friends or family, and weekend visits upstate to see family...they stopped attending. They had the basic teachings of the gospel and gave us kids great Christ-like examples. They stressed the importance of not drinking, smoking, doing drugs, etc. I learned service and hard work from my father and love & compassion from my mother. We visited the church a few times thru the years and began attending regularly when I was about 7 years old. I have been an active member ever since that time. I sometimes wonder if it was my "energetic" demeanor and regular visits with the elementary school principal that helped them turn to Christ for strength and answers. I was the troublemaker of the elementary school...nothing truly evil that I recall, but more the class clown that was very effective at seizing the moment when a laugh could be had and the audience was present. I still enjoy a good laugh with friends, and have been able to make great friends in the church that have similar interests and energetic spirits...and we rarely have to visit the principal's office. My parents passed away many years ago, but the legacy of being Mormon will stay with me forever. Those simple teachings that I received as a small child have saved my life and kept me off of crooked paths and out of harms way. They've helped me to make better choices thru life, to appreciate the good in the world around me, and to help raise my children in the way the Lord would have me do.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith in every aspect of life. As a parent of three, my wife and I try to teach by example whenever we have the chance. We try to keep it fun in our home while stressing the importance of morals and values like "the good ol days." As with most families, life can be crazy. Between work, school, homework, scouts, campouts, youth activities, etc we find it tough to get enough quality time in each day. To help manage the madness, we've found a few things that seem to help most. We reserve Monday nights for our family time...time just for us to hang out together and keep the lines of communication open. It's a nice break from the world and lets us keep a handle on the negative influences that bombard our family every day. Regular date nights with my wife...dating shouldn't end with marriage. We try to do something together at least weekly. It might be lunch, dinner, walks thru the park, a bike ride or a movie night. Sometimes we just curl up next the fireplace and watch a movie on the laptop. It doesn't matter what we do, as long as we do something together. Quality time with each of our kids. My calling (assignment in the church) is to work with the young men and scouting program. That allows me to go camping with my sons every month thru the year...time for us to goof off in the woods, take some fun pictures, and get creative with our cooking skills. While I'm on the campouts, my wife and daughter have time for their girly night out doing whatever it is they do. Any chance I get one of them alone I try to drive a little slower so we can just chat about whatever is going on in their lives...keeping communication open for when they have more serious problems down the road. Church on Sunday...the little boost we need to help us thru the week. A little time each week dedicated to our Heavenly Father. Sunday is a day of rest, and nothing keeps us from honoring that commandment. It takes work to keep our family together forever.

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Tithing is how the Lord funds His church. The tithing contributed by members is mainly used to build and maintain thousands of chapels, temples, family history centers, and other church buildings throughout the world. Tithing also provides the necessary operating funds for Church functions, classes, education and activities in the community. Our bishops, youth group leaders, teachers and even our missionaries are called to serve as volunteers in the church...without receiving financial compensation for their services from the Church. We love to serve, and enjoy the blessings received from serving those around us. Show more Show less