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Hi I'm Willis Jensen

I'm a husband and a father of five. I'm a PhD statistician. I've worn hearing aids since age 3. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up the oldest of 10 children to wonderful parents who somehow managed to keep us all in line and let us know how much they loved each of us. They encouraged us to develop our own unique talents. I and 2 of my brothers have varying degrees of hearing loss and all use hearing devices as a result. In spite of this challenge, I graduated as a valedictorian of my high school class and ran on the cross country team. I discovered the field of Statistics in college and fell in love with it, earning 3 degrees in the subject including a PhD from Virginia Tech. My wife and I have been happily married 11 years with 5 beautiful children. I work for W.L. Gore as a statistician helping make life saving medical devices. Our family loves to travel and our goal is to get to all 50 states - we're already at 40. As a family, we love to play sports, read together and go on hikes. We believe it is important to volunteer in the community so my wife serves in the school PTO organization and I serve on the City Transportation Commission. I regularly commute to work by bicycle and enjoy reading history and biographies.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a strong Mormon family among many members of a large extended family.  I was always taught the true principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ and was taught the importance of serving and helping others, which brings true happiness. I had many opportunites as a child and youth to feel the sweet peace that comes when you've truly helped and shown love for someone else. In high school, I decided that I needed to really know for myself if the church was for me. Through church meetings, prayer and scripture study, I felt a strong conviction that the church was true and that I needed to continue to be faithful to that which I had been taught as a child. I have not doubted that conviction which remains with me to this day as I strive to teach my own children the importance of following the example of Jesus Christ in their own lives. He is the way to true happiness and joy. Families are part of God's plan for us and my life's sweetest pleasures have come from simple experiences with my wife, children, parents, sibilings and extended family. My testimony of the truthfulness of the church grew evn more when I served a 2 year church mission to Guatemala. I learned that those who were extremely poor in terms of material things could still have true happiness in the gospel of Jesus Christ. I try to remember that each day. The wonderful thing about God's plan of happiness is that it is available to all, no matter how you look, how much money you have, where you live, what you've done in the past, or how famous and talented you are. Everyone can have true happiness in this life and the life to come!

How I live my faith

We look forward to Sundays because it is an opportunity for us to attend our church meetings each week and spend time together as a family. While our kids enjoy sports, dance and other activities, we don't do them on Sunday. How wonderful it is to have that relaxing time to be together as a family away from all the hurry and bustle that happens during the week. My wife and I have been working with our church sponsored Cub Scout pack and have had a blast working with the boys - including our son who loves it. Since we've been married, we have lived in 5 different states (Utah, Minnesota, Ohio, Virginia, Arizona). Wherever we have lived we have had many opportunities to serve and have loved to always have the church close by. We haven't been able to live close to our families and are so grateful for our church "family" that we have no matter where we are. I currently lead a men's organization which is responsible for making regular visits to other members and watching over them to provide help whereever needed. We have other opportunities for service such as cleaning and maintaining our church building, visiting people in the hospital and helping in the local food center which provides meals for the needy.