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Hi I'm Jerry.

I grew up in the beautiful state of Virginia near Manassas, about 25 miles south and west of our nation's capital. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Having taught in the Virginia public school system for 38 years, I am now semi-retired living in Chesapeake, Virginia. My wife and I raised 10 children. They have provided us with 26 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. I have always been active in leisure-time, outdoor activities such as golf, jogging, competive road races (although my age has slowed me down considerably), and biking. For over 20 years, I coached middle school athletics where I enjoyed watching young athletes mature as they responded to the challenges that athletics can present to individuals. I have been fortunate to have served in positions of leadership in my community, my career, and my church.

Why I am a Mormon

While in college, I met a young lady who introduced me to her church, the Church of Jeus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I met her family and found that the life style that they lived was one of happiness, service, and productivity. This appealed to me so I asked about having some instruction in the beliefs of their Church. A pair of full-time missionaries, or Elders, taught me about these beliefs. They asked me to pray about what they had taught me to see if I could have these truths confirmed by the Holy Spirit. I did so and through personal revelation; it was revealed to me that what had been taught was from God. Since that time, I have served in the Church in several capacities as a teacher and a leader. My faith in my Savior and my testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel as taught in the Mormon faith have increased. I have witnessed the precepts of Christianity turn the lives of good people into those of better people. I have witnessed how the leaders of the Church act unselfishly to serve the Lord's Sheep who are entrusted into their stewardship.

How I live my faith

My life as a Mormon has given me opportunities to serve in several roles where I have enjoyed helping others to use their talents to grow as individuals.. For example, I have served as a Scoutmaster three times in three different communities. By using the principles of Scouting in partnership with the doctrine and teachings of the Mormon faith, I saw young men become more responsible as citizens in their neighborhoods. They also took on attributes that made them more successful in many of their personal ventures. I have also served as a lay minister for two congregations of Latter-Day Saints (the Mormons). Each time, I learned that by living the Mormon faith a group of people could do marvelous works by helping each other as the Savior would want them to do. But, most of all, as a parent, I have seen how having the Gospel of Christ in my home has helped my eternal mate and I to raise wonderful children who are assets in the communites where they reside and who are influences for good wherever they go. Without the Gospel, the challenge of being a parent in today's world would have certainly been much more difficult to bear.

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Jerry.
Members attending Sunday services will most likely be wearing their “Sunday best,” which may include suits, sport coats, and ties for the men and modest dresses or skirts for the women. Children also typically dress up for Sunday. Members of the Church celebrate Christmas and Easter, regarding these two events as the most spiritually significant days in history because of the birth, suffering, death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Church members also celebrate the regional and national holidays of the countries where they live. Church members also celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, and similar events. Show more Show less