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Hi I'm Jay Thompson

I am a father of 22 children, I have a loving wife by my side, and I am a Mormon!

About Me

I am the father of 22 children. My wife Misty and I are both Mormons and the only way we can raise so many children successfully is with help from our Heavenly Father. I work for the University of Phoenix as a Director of Enrollment and I also teach part time at night for the University. Misty is a stay at home Mom that obviously has her worked cut of for her. We partner together and stay close in all we do. There would be no way we could do all that we do without the help of our Heavenly Father and by staying close and working together. I love sports and many of the family activities we do are centered around sports. I like to dabble in fantasy sports and my kids love doing it together as it is a way to bring our family closer together. We often do family activities like going to the movie, going bowling, watching sports on TV, and of course food brings us together. Misty is a professional chef and she teaches all of our children how to cook. We have a firm belief that our children will be well rounded when they leave our care. They all will be able to cook, clean, take care of children, and be responsible for their actions. We realize they are not going to be perfect by any means but they will have the tools to be a productive member of society, and like many of you, we just hope they use the tools we give them.

Why I am a Mormon

I have always had a close personal relationship with my Savior. I am not sure how to really explain it other than I felt him in my life even as a small child. I went to church with a friend when I was around 5 years old. My Mom at the time really did not go to church but she was a member. I always had a testimony of the Gospel my entire life but I think the real test for me was when I was getting ready to serve a mission back when I was 19 years old. I thought, do I really believe all of this, because if I do not, how am I going to make it 2 years away from my family and how am I going to preach it to others when I am not sure or I have not truly found my testimony. I prayed and read the Book of Mormon again, I had read it a few times up until my 19th birthday. Well, I received a direct answer to my prayers that the Gospel was true as I had always known and that I was to serve my Savior on a mission. I did serve, I went to the Geneva Switzerland Mission. He has put a prophet on the earth, President Thomas S Monson, and with him and the 12 apostles, they provide guidance and wisdom on how to overcome the temptations and evils of this world. You might think that me saying evils is a bit much but for me, when I watch what is going on in our world today, the wars, and the corruption, and the overall lack of moral values in our country and others, I am amazed that others in the world do not realize how important it is to have simple moral values. The Prophet and our church leaders help us, remind us, how important it is to cling to our values, to the principles that this country was built upon. I do have a testimony of integrity,of accountability for our actions, and for the principle that the Lord gave us to love each other as he has and continues to love us. I love my wife and children and the Savior and I am grateful for all that he has done for me personally and for the fact that I can be with my family for all eternity.

How I live my faith

I have lived all my life with the notion that service to others is the true key to happiness. I have served in many capacities while being a member of the church. The greatest calling of all is to be a home teacher. We are assigned a few families in the ward, which is a group of individuals that meet together every Sunday that amount to about 200-400 individuals. We visit a few families to see how they are doing and to ensure all of their needs are met, spiritual and material. We visit with them for a brief period of time, leave them with a spiritual uplifting message and then set a time to visit again the next month. I also live my life no matter at home, or at work, or at church with the idea that my values and principles are who I am and that it is important that I treat others with respect and dignity. I have had many callings in the church, I have helped out in the Young Men organization, I have helped with the little children in the primary, and I have been an adult instructor as well. I love to coach and teach others and I have helped out in the community on many occasions coaching sports teams and being members of little league sports boards. My life revolves around my wife and children and the belief that we will be able to be together for eternity. My hobbies and interests are all tied to my family. I live my faith each and every day in my actions, in how I treat others, and being the best Husband, Father, employee, person that I can be while here on this earth.