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Hi I'm Jeff

I'm a cop. I'm a father of an autistic kid. And I'm a Mormon (convert).

About Me

My life is made up of late night shifts at work, dealing with the added challenges of an autistic son and exercise. I'm trying to learn spanish and to understand finance and investing. I'm a big NBA fan. Between my wife and I, I believe our ethnic heritages include almost every ethnicity, except Australian Aborigines. I am of Hispanic and European descent; my wife is European, African and Asian. Which makes our children... unique.

Why I am a Mormon

I was a typical, awkward fifteen year old: active in sports, trying to get a girlfriend, etc.. However, I was gradually beginning to ask myself a lot of unusual questions for a teenager. For example, I wondered about the purpose of life, where we came from and what will happen after death. I attempted to pray, although I didn't really know how. I asked God for direction, for help with various challenges and for answers to my questions. I began to realize that each time I did so I would see in my mind's eye the church that my parents once told me was the church we would attend if we did attend church. It was a chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; the mormon church. I slowly realized that my answer each time was that I needed to go to church. After some convincing of my reluctant mother, who had not been to church for many years, we attended one meeting. We sat in the back and talked to no one. I didn't understand everything that was happening, however when a speaker would say that they knew that Jesus Christ was their Savior and the Son of God I felt an unusual feeling. In my core I felt a warmth that seemed to confirm to my mind and my emotions that this was true. After a few weeks of attendance my understanding grew. Soon the missionaries were at our home teaching me. They taught me what they believed, asked me to study it myself, then asked that I ask God if it was true. When I prayed and asked if Joseph Smith was a prophet the resulting experience is hard to describe. I can only say that when I stood up from that prayer I knew that he was a prophet, that the Book of Mormon he translated was true, and that the church that he established to help me know the answers to my questions was God's true church. The experiences I've had since then as a member of the Church have only reaffirmed that I was lead to that chapel and that the teachings I have since received are true.

How I live my faith

If you have ever seen or heard a list of the many do's and don't's that the members of the Church try to follow, you know that it can appear difficult and even stifling of life's best amusements. As a convert to the Church I found it difficult to follow every last commandment; however, a pattern began to display itself. Every time I followed the commandments of the Church life was made better. The outcome was always positive, not easy or fun, but for my benefit. When I acted contrary to the Church's counsel it was about 80/20, not in my favor. It was this process that has lead me to see that happiness is found in heeding the Church's counsel. Co-workers joke about me not cursing, but they also respect it. Extended family members comment we're in church too long on Sunday, but they see the positive effects it has on us. I often consider how much simpler life would be without all the time spent in service to other members of the church, but I can't imagine living without the blessings that have come as a result of my family's sacrifices. Ultimately, life is made more complicated by living according to my faith, but it is better.