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Hi I'm Jeff

I'm a Mormon. The restored gospel of Jesus Christ is a reality. God lives and revelation continues in our day!

About Me

I am the proud father of four. Two boys, two girls. They are the joy of my life. My wife and I met in college, then suffered some medical issues that required us to leave school for ten years. We returned as non-traditional students and both finished our undergrad degrees at the University of Idaho. I studied Philosophy there and was profoundly impacted by such a rigorous course of study. I have worked from home for the past 20 years at various endeavors online, with a brief period where we owned and operated a used furniture/antique store. My oldest son just left home to serve a 2 year mission to Denver, CO and my oldest daughter will leave early next year. Life is wonderful, even with all the ups and downs. Family means the world to me!

Why I am a Mormon

Finding some sort of peace in our modern world can be a real challenge. Money helps, but doesn't really get it done. Status helps, but doesn't really get it done. Health is certainly a big one; especially spiritual health. I've had times where I've experienced all of those things. What I've discovered along the way is that I am most happy when I am following the principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. When I humble myself before Him and learn to be in the world, but not of the world. I love how God has given us agency as a central part of our essential self. This ability to choose, when properly understood and used righteously, is an elevating principle that opens our minds to the gentle promptings of the Lord's Holy Spirit, and allows us to become our very best self. I believe He expects us to exercise a robust and energetic agency. He doesn't want us to be lazy or complacent, merely declaring faith on him, while not choosing to follow him in both word and deed. Peace and joy can be ours when we humbly choose to live with faith. I was once told that only weak people need Jesus. How sad. While the gospel may seem, to the people of the world, to be a simple and foolish "crutch", it is actually much more than that. It is more because it is by choice that we participate in the saving ordinances of the gospel. I have found these things in the church. I am a Mormon because the majesty and wonder of the eternities, and my family's place in it, is explained by Mormonism in a way that speaks truth and peace to both my mind and my spirit. I have found the doctrines to be both challenging and invigorating. People have wondered whether Mormons are really Christian. I wonder if it would be fair to consider the question a different way, i.e., are Christians Mormon? I am a Mormon because I have found that they are indeed one and the same.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to be Christian in all my thoughts and deeds. I gather my family around me daily to pray to Father in Heaven, in the name of His Son Jesus Christ. I try to read His Word as often as I can. I incline my heart toward God. These are special and important activities and efforts that are dear to me. Sometimes I succeed, other times I fail, but I always keep trying to do my best. I believe God respects the effort and blesses me for it. My family has its bumps and bruises just like any family does, but we try to live humble faithful lives. We strive to be a forever family with Jesus Christ at the center. Over the years I have served in many different capacities in the church: I served a full-time mission to Iowa in the 80's, worked with the youth programs in different positions, served in the Temple, taught youth and adult Sunday School classes, worked as an employment specialist, been a councilor to several different Bishops, served as a finance and Ward Clerk, home taught members, given talks in church, been in the choir, etc., and am currently serving as an instructor in one of the adult Priesthood Quorums in our church called the High Priest quorum. The callings and activities that I've been involved with have been great, but ultimately secondary in my mind to a more important way of living my faith. Any guesses what that might be? I believe Jesus had it right when he said the true gospel was taking care of the widow, the poor and needy. Any calling or position is secondary to that. When I stop to help someone with a flat tire, or follow a promptly to say something kind to a stranger, or any of a thousand other acts of service, I am most fully living my faith. I believe we are partners with God in helping to bring about His eternal purpose of helping all people to come unto Christ, and ultimately have immortality and eternal life.

In whom should we have faith?

Faith is an action word. But saying that means very little if it isn't clear on whom that faith rests? In fact, it means nothing unless it is understood that faith on Jesus Christ is the only way we can be saved from sin. But having faith in Christ goes beyond mearly SAYING you have faith in Him. I believe such a doctrine betrays our God-given agency and truest identities. We must have faith on Christ first and foremost, but must then be anxiously engaged in good causes whereby we demonstrate our faith through action. It isn't that we earn salvation from the good we do, but rather that we show our devotion and committment to Christ by the things we do in faith. This not only feels right, is logical, and makes sense, it is also what Christ himself taught, i.e., faith without works is dead. Consider: James 1:22-25; James 2:20-26; James 4:17; Matthew 7:20 (KJV). Biblical teachings worth considering. Show more Show less