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Hi I'm Jeremy

I grew up in Idaho Falls, ID. I am a chemist and an artist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

First and foremost I am a husband to a beautiful, loving woman named Ashlee. She is the joy of my heart. I am blessed to know I can be with her forever. I graduated from BYU-Idaho as a chemist and an artist. I am currently working on a Ph.D. in Chemistry. I have been told that I am a man that can both think and feel. I love art, especially photography and pottery; yet I love working in all mediums. I love learning and trying new things.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Mormon family, whom I love very much. My parents got divorced when I was in elementary school. My mom always encouraged us to go, even on the days she was too sick to go herself. My dad and oldest brother haven't always been as valiant. I have a younger sister who has been one of my best friends in this world and an older brother who has always been an example of living the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Church has always been a strength to me, giving me a foundation that is always there through it's teachings and the love of the members. When I was 18, I was thinking about serving a mission for the church. My brother was serving one in South Korea at the time. He invited me to read the Book of Mormon for a few minutes each day. I had read the scriptures (the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and the words of modern and living prophets today) in church and at seminary in high school. I had been a member of the church since I was 8; yet, in these 10 years I never really asked to know for myself whether it was truly the Church of Jesus Christ brought back to the earth under God's direction. I decided one night as I was reading the words of the Book of Mormon to pray and ask God himself if the Book of Mormon was true, meaning that this was His church and the way I should live my life. I felt a thought come to my heart that I had always known it was true; yet so that I could have a witness of my own, I had this feeling. I can not doubt that feeling. Thinking about it even now reminds me of the comfort I felt then and many times throughout my life before and since that time. Needless to say, I did serve a mission in Sydney, Australia and continue to remain a Mormon to this day. It is a part of who I am and I love it.

How I live my faith

At the moment I have the opportunity to take some religion classes off campus at our local institute. It is so nice to be able to attend classes with others, including those not of our faith when they are willing, where I can share my thoughts on the scriptures and how they have impacted my life. It is comforting to know that I have peers who believe in the same things I do. In church, I have the opportunity to serve in the nursery. We live in a ward that has young, married, college-age students. Needless to say, we have some adorable little children that we sing with, play with, and teach. I look forward to every Sunday in which I get to be around and learn from such amazing and intelligent little children. It gives me a new perspective on the importance of this life, especially after a tough week of research and teaching. How grateful I am for the many experiences that have made me a better man and husband as I have grown in the church.

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Jeremy
We can increase our faith in Jesus Christ by studying what he taught and trying those principles in our own lives. As we act on those principles we can see and feel the truth of these teachings and how they can benifit and bless us in our own life. As I study the scriptures daily I learn what Christ and the prophets taught and teach today. As I test out the things I learn in my own life, I have seen that God loves me and that he will help me to find the greatest peace and happiness in this life and the next. Show more Show less

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Jeremy
Having faith in Jesus Chris - in what he taught, what he did for us, and what he can and will do - leads us to act as he would act. That is, in a couple of ways, having faith in Jesus Christ leads us to love our spouse and our children, to serve and help others no matter what they believe, and to work on becoming patient with others and ourselves. Moving to graduate school was a real trial of my faith. I was single and knew no one in the city I moved to. Yet, I trusted that God and his son Jesus Christ would help me to find new friends and that I would be able to accomplish the work I set out to do. As I went to church and worked in my research group I gained new friends whom I trust and care for. I met my beautiful wife. We work together in our faith to overcome the hardships, trials, and expectations that come through the struggles both of us have while going through school together. I have some wonderful friends in my research group that are not of the same faith. Yet, this faith in Jesus Christ leads me to want to serve and help them in their research. Often they will come to me for support in their work and even sometimes they ask me what certain english phrases mean, some of which have potentially opposite meaning to what they originally thought. I trust them and they trust me. Show more Show less