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Hi I'm Jeff

I am a financial advisor, a bow hunter, a mountain biker, a proud father of 5, a new grandpa, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in California and am #2 in a family of 5 boys, a pretty competitive bunch. I grew up playing sports, mainly baseball and football. I learned to ski as soon as I could drive myself to the mountains. Unfortunately, my love for the slopes ended my ability and dreams to play sports in college when I broke my back skiing off an unmarked cliff during spring break my senior year. Though I have dealt with back pain ever since, I have lived a full and fun life. I still golf when I can, still play softball, hit the weights at the gym, ride ny mountain bike, and bow hunt for deer and elk whenever I get the chance. I took a 2 year break from college to serve a mission for the LDS church in Guatemala. Shortly thereafter I met by beautiful wife at BYU where I got my business degree. We now have 5 of our own children and a beautiful new granddaughter. Our two sons are eagle scouts. One served a mission in Wisconsin and the other just began his mission to Costa Rica. Our girls are gems as well. Our oldest is married and loves being a new mom. She helps me out in my financial planning busines part time. Another daughter loves volleyball, plays on her high school team and is getting ready to get her driver's license. Our youngest is severely autistic and her special needs keep us on our toes. We know she is a blessing to our family even though it gets tough sometimes. In reality she teaches us the most about what is truly important in this life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to a family where my mom was already a Mormon. In fact on her side of the family there were many generations of Mormons going back to the pioneers who settled Utah and Arizona in the late 1800s. My father was from another Christian faith but decided to embrace the LDS religion after having a few children of his own, because of its strong focus on family values. I am grateful my parents and siblings taught me that family comes first and that we can be a family forever, not just here on earth. That doctrine of eternal families gives me great peace and great strength in these trying times in our world today. I have been taught about our premortal life and the reason we are here on earth and where we are going after this life. This understanding gives me strenght to carry on when things get tough and to put things in perspective. When I know the whole purpose of life, I don't have to sweat the small stuff. In addition to the peace these doctrines bring me, I have tried out my religion by living it. The more I adhere to the teachings I have received from early in my youth to the present, I find I am happier and content with my life, including the trials I have been given. I have a lot of fun in my life but fun and happiness are not the same. My spiritual base is always what determines happiness in my life. I have found that God's commandments and rules are far more liberating than restrictive. Truly, His plan is a plan of happiness. I have tried to instill these beliefs in my children and am certain that they have enjoyed a more successful, happy, and full life because they have embraced the gospel of Jesus Christ, and not what the world thinks is "cool". It takes courage to grow up these days and to raise children in today's world. I don't know how I, or my family could do it without the church at the center of our lives.

How I live my faith

I believe that if I am a member of a church that names itself after Jesus Christ, I need to live by His example to the best of my ability. The Bible says that true followers of Christ are like "a light upon a hill which cannot be hid". I know if I am Mormon, I should live like one and be an example to those around me whether they know I am a Mormon or not. I need to be true to my family, be honest in all my dealings, and serve one another when I get the chance. I believe to a large extent we need to be "our brother's keepers" and especially help those who cannot help themselves. There are many opportunities to serve one another if we look for them. In this day and age, it is common to keep to ourselves and we are often bashful to ask for help because we are afraid others will think we are weak or somehow "less" than they are. We also tend to get so caught up and so absorbed in ourselves and our own problems that we are unable to see opportunities to serve others. In fact, serving others enriches our lives and helps us deal better with our own challenges. I am grateful for the opportunities the church gives me to serve in the community and in the church as well. The Mormon church has a "lay ministry" which means that no one is paid. Almost everyone gets a calling to do a small part to make the whole church run. It's a miracle that this is all done on a volunteer basis. Some are called to teach, some are called to lead organizations or groups and others may be asked to supervise the youth on a conference or a scouting event. I appreciate having a responsibility at church that keeps me involved and makes me feel like I can make a difference on a regular basis. I try to live my life so that I can say "yes" to any opportunity to serve when called or asked to do so. The Mormon church is not "spectator sport"...Everyone gets tp be a "player".