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Hi I'm Jerrod

I live in an Arizona suburbia, but I'd rather be in the back woods, relaxing on a lake...and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I had an interesting childhood...and mostly in a good way! I had the opportunity to travel the world at a young age. My parents were divorced and both remarried when I was young. My dad worked for Chrysler and lived around the world. My visits to him were filled with adventure and new places. I saw Europe, Mexico, and much of the U.S. long before many of my friends took their first plane ride. My mother remarried a Canadian, so I lived in Ontario, Canada most of my adolescent life on a lake far out in the country. In essence, I had 2 families that loved me and nurtured me to the man I am today. Though I'm sure there are some with a different perspective, I think most would say I was a pretty good kid growing up. I did, however, make some mistakes of a magnitude that will forever leave scars on this lifetime. Today, I'm married with 3 wonderful children...all under the age of 4. I love this young age where their Dad is their hero. When they are hurt, tired, or hungry, they look from Mom, but they make me feel like their hero! I pray we get this one thing right...that they turn out to be responsible, loving adults, with integrity and a good, strong character. I long to be back on a lake in the woods. Sometimes I dream of living on an Island with my family and closest friends...away from the chaos of the world. I would welcome the adventure of living off the land...as long as we have internet, DVR, and Amazon Delivery! As a tech geek, I doubt I could leave all that behind! :-)

Why I am a Mormon

I've been a Christian most all my life...I've had a strong Christian testimony from a very young age, yet there were questions related to my faith in which I couldn't get sufficient answers to. When I moved to Arizona, I worked with a few Mormons. My boss was Mormon and we would discuss religion on our many travels together. His sister, Amberly (who is now my wife), was also a deep rooted Mormon her entire life. At first, I didn't think I would ever be a Mormon...I was already a Christian, strong in my faith. I shared many of the same beliefs, yet I didn't know how to accept the Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith, or a modern day Prophet. I was taught that the Bible was the Word of God and I was weary of anything else. As I got more serious with Amberly, and we began to discuss a life together, discussion arose about the faith of our family together and what our children would be taught. We agreed on a great many items: the Bible, Jesus Christ, the Resurrection, God (our Heavenly Father), and Prayer were just a few of the many topics of common ground. We found that the real core of our beliefs were in fact the same. Amberly and I had no refute to those core values we each held. Over the following months, I prayed that as I investigated the Mormon Church and read the Book of Mormon and other materials that I would be able to discern if it was in line with or in conflict to the Bible and my existing knowledge of the Truth. As I continually read and pray, I find that, in a great many cases, my previous interpretation or understanding was flawed or incomplete. The additional testimony of the Book of Mormon and other revelation help to clarify and enhance the content and teachings of the Bible. My wife and I did end up together and I did become a member the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (also known as the Mormon Church) and my testimony continues to grow. My core values still have not changed, but I now have a much better understanding of those principles.

How I live my faith

At church, I teach Sunday School to the 14-17 year-old teenagers. Most of the time they know more than I do about the subjects I'm presenting, so it keeps me humble. I always look for a unique perspective or some profound nugget of information to provide them so I can keep their attention for that hour every week. I really appreciate the weeks we can stay [at least mostly] on topic. My missionary style is somewhat passive...I don't know that I've ever had the motive to "try and convert" someone. I've had many opportunities to share by request just because of some seemingly minor thing I've done related to my spiritual beliefs and I love to nurture those opportunities free of pressure. I strive to be respectful of others' religious beliefs without letting them trample on my own. I believe you are free to believe anything you want to...that is a liberty we enjoy in this country and culture. Though I've never served in the armed forces, I've worked as a civilian contractor for nearly 10 years to support those that fight for our freedom and the freedom of others, and I'm grateful every day for those heroes that protect those liberties that we enjoy. I believe in being involved in my community. Whether at home, at work, or otherwise, I try to be organized and proactive to positively influence those around me. I'm definitely not perfect. I'm not soft spoken and I can often be reactive, quick to anger, and it seems like I often stumble over the same deficiencies repeatedly. I do, however, continually strive to improve. I love my wife, my children, and the rest of my family and I look forward to spending the rest of eternity with each of them. I have great love and respect for God, our Heavenly Father, and I have a strong Testimony of Jesus Christ and the sacrifice he made for each of us. I have a Testimony of modern revelation as brought forth in the Book of Mormon and by Prophets of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.