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Hi I'm Jay

I am a happy young father. I believe poeple have great potential. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I tend to gauge my life by a few criteria: Am I working hard? Am I getting something done? Am I improving? Are my wife and children happy? Am I learning something new? I seek out activities that let me answer yes to those quesions. I built new shelves in our front room, I join sports teams when I can, I directed a play at church, I help plan trips and other fun, simple family events. My work keeps me away from home a lot, but my family knows that I help people at work and that my job is a great blessing.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 14 years old, I was on a mountain biking trip with other youth from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints. After a day of riding trails that I didn't know I was even capable of handling, we had a break to rest, read scriptures and think about our blessings to prepare for a campfire devotional. I didn't spend my time the way the leaders expected me to, favoring relaxation and snacks over scripture study, but the mood of the afternoon was peaceful. As I walked down the path from my tent to the campfire bowl, I thought about how cool it was that the church could organize such an activity that allowed me to push my limits and experience new terrain. Then a feeling rushed over me of calm power. I believe that feeling was the Holy Ghost that Christ said would teach us all things that are true. With that feeling came a thought that seemed different than the voice of my own thoughts. That thought was, "Yep. The Church is True." Through later experiences with the same spiritual feeling, I have learned that my most basic instincts tell me that I am one of God's children and that my reflex is to call on him when I need hope or strength. I have learned that God has a plan for me and that when I try to involve God's power and influence in my endeavors, those endeavors ALWAYS culminate in greater outcomes than I even imagine. I've felt God's love for me and I have had opportunities to share God's love with others. All of these blessings have been the result of the learning and activity and association that I have as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. That's why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

My job gives me lots of opportunities to work with underpriviledged and troubled children and youth. I do my best to help them and show them an example of kindness and nonjudgmental understanding. Then on Sunday, I get to teach Sunday school to children and youth, many of whom are blessed to be protected from the challenges that face their peers. In the spirit of love and guided by the words of Jesus Christ, I try to teach them to have compassion on those in need and to be grateful for their abundant blessings. We talk about ways that Christ's gospel applies in their real lives and their choices. As I teach, I am seeing that God's gifts are often accompanied by opportunities to share them with others. I grow to love and admire the youth that I teach and my hope is that these kids will be blessed with God's gifts as they learn and then share those gifts with others.

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

The Bible is a collection of writings from prophets like Moses and apostles like Paul. They wrote their witness and the truths that God taught them as they lived in the ancient Middle East and Mediterranean. Because God is the father of all mankind, he also taught his truth to righteous apostles that lived in other parts of the world. The Book of Mormon is the collection of inspired writings from the prophets that lived in North and South America. One of these prophets was named, "Mormon." The book teaches the same gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ and invites people to come unto Him. The Bible and Book of Mormon work together to teach God's truth. For example, the story of Christ's baptism is my son's favorite Bible story. In the Bible, the apostles wrote the words of the voice from heaven saying, "This is My Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." The people living in the Americas were not able to witness this miracle, so God revealed the story and to the prophets in the Americas and the revelation is included in the Book of Mormon. For hundreds of years, more revelations and history of the Christians in the Americas was written and eventually compiled on metal plates and buried. God wants us all to know the story of these ancient American Christians, so he sent an angel in 1823 to show Joseph Smith where they were hidden. God blessed Joseph Smith to translate the plates and the printed translation is called, "The Book of Mormon." Show more Show less