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Hi I'm Jeff

I'm a podiatrist, a professor, and a Dean. I founded a podiatric medical school in Arizona. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am blessed to be married to a bright and vivacious wife, Kris, my best friend. Our four children have married great partners, finished school, established careers, and and are all devoted members of the LDS Church. We are the proud grandparents of 10 youngsters who are ________(fill in the blank, e.g., the cutest, the brightest, the most talented) kids you ever saw. I have always had a love for teaching so I left full time podiatry practice to become a professor and dean, returning to my alma mater in San Francisco to teach. When the opportunity arose to establish a new school of podiatric medicine I could not turn it down. It has become one of the top schools in the country. I feel keenly the need to give back through community service and have been blessed with many opportunities to work with the homeless, with veterans, and in underdeveloped countries. I know that I derive more from my annual medical missions to Central America than I give. I often take medical students along to experience international service learning, but many who would go cannot because of a lack of resources. So I established a foundation to raise scholarship funding for humanitarian travel. I love to hike, ride my bike, travel to interesting and colorful places with my wife, and read good books. And I enjoy a wide variety of music.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are active in the Mormon faith and have been since I was an infant. Their example of faith and dedication to duty was a shining example to me as I grew up. But still I needed to develop my own testimony and stand on my own light and convictions. I recall a number of spiritual experiences from my childhood and adolescence that encouraged me to read the scriptures and pray and to get to know a loving Father in Heaven better. But it was when I was about 15 years old that I made a concerted effort to read the Book of Mormon cover to cover in a short period and pray about its divine origins. Soometimes while my firends were outside playing ball, I was inside reading. I followed Moroni's admonition to exert my faith and ask if it is true. I received a conviction then that I rely on even today that the Book of Mormon truly testifies of Christ and that Joseph Smith translated it by the gift and power of God. We have a living prophet who guides the church but who also speaks for the entire world to lead us through these perilous times. Christ atoned for each of us. Our church blesses many lives through its emphasis on family values, humanitarian gifts and service the world over, and advocacy for issues of morality. I appreciate the church's emphasis on the value of education and the fact that we enthrone womanhood in a place of honor. We send missionaries all around the world to spread the good word of the Gospel to those seeking the truth. We also send talented retired members on humanitarian missions to improve the health, education, and standard of living for millions of suffering needy.

How I live my faith

The Mormon Church is not just an organization I belong to, it helps to define who I am. I want to live my religion every day. I have had many wonderful opportunities for service working with the Boy Scouts, with children, with adults and in a variety of leadership positions. I currently serve as the first counselor in the presidency of our Stake, which includes eight congregations in our geographic area comprising 4300 members. I enjoy visiting the homes of the members and getting to know them. One of the most defining experiences of my life was serving as a missionary for two years in Denmark. I learned self discipline and confirmed the value of hard work. My testimony grew each time I shared it with others. I learned to be bold because we were on the Lord's errand. I grew to love the people, the language, and the culture (oh, and the food!). I can hardly wait until I can go on a mission again, this time with my wife. I have tried hard to retain the language skills I learned in Denmark, but I am also learning Spanish to better prepare for an opportunity to serve as a missionary in a Spanish speaking nation. But wherever the Lord needs us we will be happy to go. My wife and I love to visit the temple, a sacred edifice, a place of peace, and a respite from the world. There we receive inspiration to help us deal with challenges and to find answers to questions. We are thrilled to look forward to the building of a temple much closer to our home.