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Hi I'm Jeremy

I grew up in Iowa. I am a bilingual elementary school teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love being a husband and father. My wife and I adopted our daughter more than two years ago, when she was just a few months old. Our life has never quite been the same - it has only gotten better. I am in my sixth year of teaching elementary school, and I teach in a Spanish-English bilingual classroom. I also enjoy coaching elementary chess clubs, and last year my club was ranked 14th in all of Washington state. I just started working on my masters degree in Educational Leadership, so in a few years I hope to be a school principal. When I'm not working, I enjoy watching football, playing video games, working on my car, or going to the shooting range.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents became Mormons shortly before I was born, so I grew up as a Mormon. My parents taught me about our Savior, Jesus Christ, and God's plan of happiness for His children. They taught me about how God restored his true church to the earth in our day through the Prophet Joseph Smith, and how he translated the Book of Mormon. All of this knowledge was given to me, because of the home I grew up in. But one thing that was always made clear to me, even as a young child, was that it was up to me to find out if what I was being taught were true, and if I should follow it. There were many times when I would read the scriptures and pray during my childhood, and I would feel a warm, happy feeling inside me. I loved the feeling, and I would continue to read and pray to feel that way. Later I came to know that this feeling is the Spirit of God - the Spirit by which God will teach, support, and comfort you. When I was around 18 years old, I felt that I really, truly needed to know if everything that I had been taught and believed in my life were true. One night, I knelt down beside my bed and began to earnestly pray to God. By earnestly I mean that I prayed as perhaps I never had before, as if He were right there in the room with me, and I expected to reach Him, and I expected to receive the knowledge I sought. I simply wanted to know if He were there. As I uttered the word "Father" I was filled with that same Spirit of happiness and warmth and joy that I had felt so many times in my youth, but this time the Spirit filled my entire soul, and lingered long enough to leave no room for doubt. My Father had heard my prayer, and He did in fact know me. Through similar experiences I have asked for and received confirmation that the things I was taught as a child were true. And in this way I know that they are. Not because I was told them by a man, but because I those teachings were confirmed by the Spirit of the Living God. He lives. He loves us. He will answer your prayers.

How I live my faith

I do the best I can to be a good, honest person. I try to keep my commitments and be true to my word. I try to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ that I have read from the scriptures or have heard from His prophets. In our congregation, I help out by being the financial clerk. This has been a great opportunity to see what happens with the donations that are given by the members of the church from week to week. None of our church leaders are paid for their work in the church. All of the money that is brought in goes toward the funding of church programs, buildings, and humanitarian efforts. Part of my job as the financial clerk is to make a full accounting of the money that is brought in by our local congregation, and to see that the donations taken in and the existing funds are spent in appropriate ways. We are audited twice per year, and I can tell you that there is not a penny that is taken in by this church that is not accounted for and put toward the purpose for which it was donated. I am impressed by the faith of the members of the church - as they continue to pay their tithes (10% of their income) and additional humanitarian donations even in these tough economic times. Choosing to keep God's commandments is the only way to find lasting happiness in this life. I'm not perfect, but I'm doing my best. The Lord will make up for the rest.