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Hi I'm Jeff

I'm a Mormon who loves the great outdoors.

About Me

I love to hike and camp. I love the smell of fresh mountain air. I love snow and water skiing, outdoor running, and rock climbing / rappelling. I love being outside in the early mornings just after a rain has given everything a good bath. And I love exploring National Parks. As a young husband and father I'm currently exploring what it means to serve my family. I met my wife while boogie boarding off the Mid-Atlantic coast and we have since moved to Georgia and had a child. I love the adventures we are having together. I love that I get to introduce my son for the very first time to a tree, a fish, a dog, a bird. Life is good.

Why I am a Mormon

I love being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I grew up in a Mormon family and my ancestors crossed the plains with Brigham Young. My great-great-great grandpa led a wagon train of nearly 500 people from Council Bluffs, Iowa to the Salt Lake Valley in 1849. I was baptized a member at age 8 in California. In my little diary I recorded that I was concerned whether a family we had invited would arrive in time to see my baptism. I said a prayer asking for their safe arrival and felt it was answered. I don't know if the inclination to pray came from watching my mother pray or if I was just naturally inclined to do so, but in any case, prayer has since been my friend in times of need. The answers I get generally are peace, comfort, and impressions that make sense and feel right. Assurance is also a good word to describe the communication I receive from my Father in Heaven. I feel this same feeling as I read the Bible and the Book of Mormon, two beautiful witnesses of the love, power, and majesty of our Savior Jesus Christ. I am a Mormon today because of a lifetime of positive experiences being an active particpant in the faith. I know that it has blessed my life immensely.

How I live my faith

Summed up in one sentence, I study the scriptures and the words of our church leaders and try to apply what they teach me. This is how I live my faith. Am I perfect at it? Of course not, but I'm trying to apply what they teach me because I know their counsel leads to the abundant life. How do I know that? Because I've done this in the past and have experienced the results. For example, we've been taught to learn as much as we can about the Savior. While serving as a missionary in South Korea, I desired to learn more about the resurrection of Jesus Christ. I read the New Testament, the Book of Mormon, and a book entitled Jesus the Christ by James. E. Talmage. I listened closely to what our church leaders had to say about the subject. I prayed to know if Jesus was real and if he still lives today, like the scriptures say. I still remember the sweet peaceful assurance that came into my heart one day concerning the reality of the Savior's resurrection. Then, about a year later, after returning home from South Korea, I lost my mom to a stroke. The stroke temporarily paralyzed her left side and changed her mental capacities. Although I was heartbroken, I wasn't in despair. Why? Because through study and prayer I had come to feel the reality of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. I knew that in time my mom would be blessed. My mom has now passed away and my confidence that I will see her again in a repaired state is as strong as ever. I seek to keep ahold of that witness in my heart through daily scripture study, daily prayer, attending church each Sunday, and serving others.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

I can't think of a better way to get to know us than to attend a church service. They're open to the public and take place on Sunday mornings or early afternoons. The primary worship service is called sacrament meeting and includes the following: welcome and announcements, congregational hymns, opening and closing prayers, church business, partaking of the sacrament (or communion), gospel messages shared by a few speakers. The meeting lasts about 70 minutes and there is no donation plate passed around. Other meetings include Sunday School classes, Primary, Nursery, Young Women meetings (for girls 12 - 17 years old), Relief Society meetings (for women 18 and older), and Priesthood meetings (both for boys 12 - 17 and for men 18 and older). These meetings typically follow the primary worship service. Whether you are investigating the church or just simply curious, you are welcome to come. Just look for the meetinghouse locator on this website to find the church service nearest you. Who knows, you might recognize some people from your work, school, or other community organization in the congregation? Show more Show less