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Hi I'm Jeff

I grew up in Utah, but have lived in Washington for 26 years. I'm an Engineer, husband, father, and volunteer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a proud husband and father of 5 - 2 girls and 3 boys. I grew up in Logan Utah, a community filled with LDS church members. I moved to Washington state's Puget Sound area after a church mission and college to work and have more opportunities to share the gospel. I loved participating in sports, music, and many social activities growing up and now get to experience lots of those opportunities again with my children. I am a Structures Design Engineer, working on commercial and military aircraft, and enjoy working as a Lead engineer, directing design solutions and working with people. I spend almost all of my time away from work attending to home, family, and church responsibilities. We are highly involved in our children's sports, music, school, and extra-curricular activities and volunteering in the community and in the church.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I have experienced over and over and over again that by applying the truths of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, I find success, happiness, and eternal perspective that helps me make it through life's challenges, while also recognizing the source of the blessings in the abundant life I enjoy. I was blessed to be raised in the church and in a community influenced heavily by Mormons. While none were perfect, I saw the gospel of Jesus Christ exemplified in many different ways in the lives of my family, my friends, my coaches, my teachers, my leaders, and in the community. I also had friends who were not members of the church that were great people and enjoyed the wholesomeness of the community we lived in. As I grew, I applied the gospel principles that I saw exemplified in those I admired and found that they worked for me too. The Spirit has witnessed to me many times as I have studied and learned about eternal truths and experienced the blessings promised as I have tried to apply them. I served a mission for the church in the Missouri/Illinois area and grew immensely from that experience, devoting my life to the service of others. When I share what I have experienced, or what I have learned in the gospel, the Spirit testifies to me time and time again that the work I am engaged in is true. Jesus Christ leads the church through a prophet, apostles, and leaders called by Him to direct His work here on earth.

How I live my faith

In my youth and as an adult, I have served in many capacities in the church. Each experience has built my faith and testimony of the truths of the gospel. I was called to serve voluntarily for 5 years as the Bishop of our congregation and witnessed more intimately as a leader, counselor and confidant of the members of my congregation how the gospel and the atonement of Jesus Christ work in many peoples lives. I also saw that when God's commandments were broken or when principles were ignored, consequences followed that made life more difficult. I have worked with the youth in various administrative capacities and enjoy watching them develop testimonies of the gospel as they participate and get involved in service and social activities together. I have directed and helped with youth conferences, service projects, dances, camps, music productions, pioneer treks, scouting activities, choirs, and early morning seminary classes. Each experience strengthens my faith and testimony. My family tries to live our faith by attending church services each Sunday and trying to keep the Sabbath day holy. As asked by our prophets, we try to devote every Monday evening to our family by participating in an activity or learning gospel principles together and sharing talents and enjoying a treat. We attend and participate in weekly church youth activities and social events and support each other in the various assignments we have each been asked to serve in. My son and I visit a few families each month that we have been assigned by our church leaders to watch over. When all of us work together to teach, help, and strengthen each other, an organization that is built solely by voluntary service and a lay ministry functions amazingly well. We feel that if we fail to follow through on these assignments, people's needs might be overlooked and they might become less active or lost. Jesus' teaching to cast your bread upon the water and it will come back to you is so true.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Jeff
As true Christians, we believe that without the grace of Christ, none of us can be saved. We must put ourselves in a position to make His grace effective for us. Through faith and good works, we show the Lord the true intent of our hearts. When our hearts are pure and we are doing all we can do to exercise faith, to repent, and follow Him, the Lord's grace then cleanses us and enables us to be redeemed. No one can cleanse themselves from sin. Only the Savior's atonement can do that for us. We have to apply His atonement in our lives through repentance, showing the Lord our humility and reliance on Him by doing all that we can do by following His commandments and acting as instruments in His hands to do His work on earth. His grace then cleanses us, provides everlasting forgiveness, and enables us to be in tune with Him and His Spirit. His grace provides the gift of the resurrection; His grace caused Him to suffer for our sins and will cleanse us if we will but give them to Him; His grace lifts us to live with him forever if we do everything in our finite power to allow His grace to fill in the vast chasm separating us from Him and our Heavenly Father due to our human frailties and weaknesses. His grace - or His unconditional love or charity for all mankind enables everlasting life. Qualifying for His saving grace is an ongoing process, not a one-time experience. As we continue our imperfect lives, we must rely on His grace to lift us, cleanse us, and redeem us. Show more Show less