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Hi I'm Jeff

I know where happiness comes from: I love my savior & his gospel, I love my wife & family, I love to learn & serve. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a big Mormon family on the west coast of the United States. We are all grown with careers and families of our own, but we keep in touch and enjoy reunions when we can. I am married too but don't yet have children of my own. My environment has shaped me to some degree; I am an avid outdoorsman with a love of the ocean, the mountains, and the desert. I love to challenge myself both physically and mentally in these unique natural environments. I surf, climb, mountain bike, and snowboard. As an outgrowth of this love of the natural world, I've always had a restless desire to travel and see the world, and have had the opportunity to see much of North America, the Pacific islands, and remote Central Asia. I love the arts as well, including science fiction novels (this is usually how I put myself to sleep at night). I am a self-taught painter (but not very good), and visit world-class museums and galleries when I get the chance. I love to read and learn. My father was a general surgeon and my mother a psychiatric nurse. I've had the opportunity to combine passion for scholarship and exploration in a vocation as an academic physician. I take great pride in having the opportunity to translate fundamental sciences into medical practice.

Why I am a Mormon

I was a self-conscious teenager at a time when my parents were going through a prolonged and difficult divorce. Against this backdrop I lost my personal compass, I was immersed in the world. As high school graduation approached, I realized to my dismay that I had no purpose or direction in life. How was I to go out into the world without an idea of who I was, and what I valued? I could no longer depend on my parents' or teachers' 'borrowed light.' While I had grown up in the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, I realized that I had not invested the spiritual energy required to really know if all of the things my parents had taught me were true. One night while I struggled with these lonely thoughts, it came to me that I should kneel down and pray. I believed in God, but I had not prayed since I could remember. I felt a sense of peace as I asked my Heavenly Father to hear my voice, to help me to know who I was, and to help me understand my purpose in life. I was struck by a simple sense that he knew me, that I already knew what was good and right, and that I should seek after these things. I began to pray regularly and with great desire. I recognized that I could be like young Joseph Smith, who at nearly the same age had asked Heavenly Father to answer his prayer of faith to know which church was true. As I prayed I began to read the Bible and Book of Mormon, and I began to feel more confidence in my life and my future. I began to nurture a testimony of my Savior Jesus Christ and the Atonement. I asked God to apply my Savior's atoning blood to my sins. I felt light, free, and happy. I felt forgiven. I began to approach life as a blessing. I sought to better myself spiritually, mentally, and physically. After moving away from home and going to college, I realized I had been given so much, and I needed to dedicate my life to serving others. I went on a 2 year mission for my church, and I've never looked back.

How I live my faith

I have been privileged to begin the process of developing good character traits by serving on a 2 year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; traits such as humility, dedication, hard work, gospel scholarship, charity. I am humbled by my weaknesses, but I am also grateful for the blessings of the gospel and the Atonement in my life. I believe that while we live in the world, we do not have to set ourselves adrift on the flexible moral environment in which we live. I seek to anchor my life in the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and to right myself when I inevitably fall short through the Atonement. I find it a blessing to serve in my ward congregation; I don't know what my life would be like if I didn't. I teach others the gospel in my current calling; we've been studying the life of Christ and the New Testament. I keep and honor sacred covenants with my Heavenly Father, and renew those covenants on a regular basis in my local church and temple. I am grateful for the opportunity to live and serve according to gospel principles, and to make a difference in the world around me. I know I'm certainly not perfect (or even close to it), but I can be better by living according to the gospel every day.