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Hi I'm Jack

I grew up in Ohio. I joined the Church at BYU. I'm married with 6 kids and 7 grandchildren. I live in Washington. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Ohio but now live in the beautiful state of Washington. After graduating from high school, I attended Brigham Young University (BYU) , though I wasn't a member of the LDS church. At the end of my freshman year, I joined. After a year, I went to northern France and Belgium to spend two years as a missionary. After working for awhile, I returned to BYU to complete my undergaduate work. I stayed and did my graduate work there as will in the field of Instructional Science. I got married to my first wife, Colleen there as well. We moved to the Chicago area to work. Colleen was killed in a car accident. We were married for 13 years. I married again to a wonderful women - Charlene. We will be celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary in September. We moved to the Puget Sound (Seattle) area in Washington. I have 6 children and eight grandchildren. I now work for Boeing.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the church when I was 19 at BYU. I started searching for the truth a few years before that when a friend of my brother died. I wanted to know what happened when we died and how this life ought to be lived - what mattered and what didn't. Really important to me was being able to find out for myself. I wanted to know instead of just taking what someone else said or believed. I investigated different religions and attended different churches, mostly various Christian denomentiations, and read about different philosophies. I met lots of good people and some of the ideas were compelling and well reasoned, but I kept coming back to the questions 'Is this true?' and 'Can I know for myself?'. I learned about the 'Mormons'. I found their teachings interesting, but I was especially interested in the claim that 'you could know for yourself'. It seemed to me like this was a fairly extreme claim. How could anyone know? How could they be certain? It seemed like you could believe or have faith in something or want it to be true, but how could you say that you knew? But, I was willing to test it out and find out for myself. So, after graduating from High School in Ohio, I went to BYU in Provo, Utah as a freshman. I read the Book of Mormon, attended Church meetings, learned about the Church and got to know members. I liked what I saw. It made sense to me. It seemed to me be coherent and logical. However, while it made a lot of sense, the real question for me was whether or not it was true and whether I knew for myself that it was true. Being honest with myself, I didn't know whether it was true. Moreover, I did not know for myself. However, as I investigated the Church, I found the answers to those questions. I found out that the Church is true, the Book of Mormon is what it claims to be, the Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, that Joseph Smith is a prophet. More importantly, I know these things for myself. That is why I was baptized. That's why I am LDS.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by teaching classes on Sundays and helping with various kinds of service activities at Church and various things with community.