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Hi I'm Jeff

I love mixing languages & technology. I'm a world traveler. I'm a cancer conquerer. I'm a loving husband & father. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm both the oldest and middle child in my family. I served a mission in Atlanta, GA where I became fluent in Spanish and met my wonderfull wife while she was serving a mission in Toronto, Canada. Four years later, we added a little boy to our family. I went to Brigham Young University and studied Spanish Translation & Linguistic Computing. I also have a Masters in Multilingual Computing from the University of Limerick in Ireland. I now work in a field know as localization, which means that I specialize in making technology products available to the world in every human language. I travel the world teaching communities of volunteers how to make open source software projects, like Firefox, available in their languages. So far, I've been to 24 countries! As a result, I've spent time learning to speak Portuguese (conversational), Swedish (beginner), as well as others. I recently beat thyroid cancer. It's one of the toughest challenges I've had to yet face in my life. My support system and my Lord helped me overcome these challenges. I chose to keep my surgical scar to remind me of my commitment to the Lord to remain healthy and take care of His gift to me, my body.

Why I am a Mormon

There have been too many experiences in my life that have lead me to the LDS church than I can even remember. Time and time again the Lord has guided me and my decisions, and with each small push I've become more and more involved in faith-building and engaging activities within the church. The restored gospel has taught me how to gain optimal joy and happiness in this life and the one to come. The Lord's priesthood has strengthened me, disciplined me, physically healed me, sealed my family together for eternity, and taught me all about the road to salvation and exaltation. The Lord's atonement has healed my spiritual wounds, lifted me in times of trial, and brought His plan for me into the forefront of my life. I'm a Mormon because I want to be the person that the Lord sees in me and the LDS church and its teachings are what will lead me to reaching that potential.

How I live my faith

A while ago I listened to a talk in church about charity and what that means in terms of how we should treat others. I've always been fascinated by people in my faith who can attract others to them like magnets and I've tried to figure out why that is. Is it a matter of having charisma, optimism or humor? Maybe in part. But I've learned that it is, in fact, charity, more than anything else. These people attract other people to them because they lift the spirits of those around them. They are selfless; caring more about those who surround them than themselves. Their charisma, optimism, hope, and humor are all derived from their unrelenting desire to serve others. It surprised me even more to understand that charity was behind not only these people's actions, but those of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Ever since then, I've lived my faith by searching for opportunities to show charity. These opportunities come in all shapes and sizes: from dedicating an afternoon to a service project to recognizing what makes each person unique and special each day. I've begun to see people the way the Lord sees them through living my faith, and my life will never be the same again. The gospel has reaffirmed my belief that we're all part of a large, global, family. It has fueled my passion for understanding other cultures, languages, and viewing us all as global citizens contributing to the betterment of the human race. It's the root cause that drives me to make technology linguistically accessible. My understanding of the plan of salvation and our experience on Earth helped me through the darkest times of my cancer battle. I never once blamed God for my illness. I recognize that life's challenges are no respector of persons; they befall everyone like the sun's rays each day. While most people won't have cancer, they will have challenges. Each challenge contains an opportunity to either shrink and die or come closer to the giver of eternal life. I encourage all to choose the latter.