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Hi I'm Jeff

I live in Mesa, Az. I enjoy my work, I love camping, fishing and being with my grandchildren. I like old westerns. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I lived on a little farm in Idaho until my early teen years. Life was great there for a young boy. In the summer of my 13th year however our family moved to Arizona. Moving to the city was a hard thing for me. Small city lots, no friends no hills close by to climb and it was so hot! I know now that the move was also very hard on my parents too, we moved so my father could find a better job. They were sad too but when you are 13 you are usually focused only on yourself. I missed my friends and I missed everything about Idaho. In a very short time we found our church and I began to make great friends. Looking back on those days now, I see that, that move was the best thing that could have happened to me. I married a wonderful Arizona girl, she is a wonderful wife and mother we have a beautiful family, I also have lifelong friends in Idaho and Arizona. I have worked for the same company for over 35 years and love the peole I work with. Arizona has been wonderful for me, but it is still too hot!

Why I am a Mormon

I believe my faith in the Jesus Christ was strengthened in part because of our family's move to Arizona. We became a closer knit family; we relied on each other more. Our family talked more with each other we strengthened one another. My parents have always been faithful church goers, so we enjoyed going to meetings and learning together. I think that environment allowed the spirit of the Lord to guide me. My faith did not all come at once. I learned a little at a time that Christ lives and that He is my elder brother, who cares for me and what I do. That great feeling was magnified when I was at our meetings, doing good things or reading from the scriptures. I was not a perfect boy, I still have many faults. I recognize that when I did the right things and attended my meetings and listen to the promptings when I prayed a great feeling of love, direction and peace attended me. When I was 19 years old I accepted a call to serve a mission for our church to Japan. I have a love and respect for the Japanese people. My father served in the Pacific theater during WWII. I think it was hard for him to warm up to the idea of me going to Japan. He did not have kind feelings toward the Japanese people before I left. One of the areas I served in and loved the most was Okinawa, Japan. My father had also fought there during the war. We often spoke of that paradox; our "missions" to Japan had very different goals. But in the end many angry and sad feelings were healed for him in a small way by me serving there. I would not change my mission experience for anything in the world. I learned or relearned there that prayers are answered, God and Jesus really do live and the Bible and the Book of Mormon are the word of God. These and many life experiences since have only strengthened my belief in the teaching of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

I had been home from Japan for a couple years when I got married. We raised 4 children and have had a great time together. I have worked to support my family. Now, I have the great blessing of watching my children raise their children. They do a much better job than I did. Every step of my life I have been blessed and have had my testimony of the Savior strengthened. It is a comfort and guide for me in times of sadness and trial and also in times of joy. I ask my Father in Heaven for help with my family, with my job and to bless the sick around me. He really does answer prayers. I currently serve in a scouting position and young men's advisor in the church. I work with the young men ages 16 to 18 years of age. I beleive the young people of today are so much better than we were at that age. I believe that we are in great hands for the future. From time to time they need a little guidance, but most of the time I learn much more from them than they do from me. I also have responsibility for three families in our congregation. Along with my companion we check on their welfare at least once a month and render service as needed. I still have a lot to learn and many things I need to work on. I am grateful for my church, my family and my friends both in and out of the church.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

From my experience it comes from not knowing or misunderstanding the teachings of our church. I am confident that if anyone interested in really knowing would find that we are Christian, we indeed worship Christ. He is the Savior of all mankind. Show more Show less