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Hi I'm Jack Turner

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Utah. I'm retired from sales and security work and am currently serving a mission with my wife.

About Me

I am 73 years old. I have been married to the same wife for over 50 years. We are the parents of 9 living children. One of our daughters died in a drowning accident when she was 13 years old, almost 40 years ago. We are the proud grandparents of 25, with one more due soon. We also have 26 great grandchildren, with one on the way. Our family is our life and our joy. I love to read, novels, histories, biographies, magazines, such as National Geographic and almost anything that passes befor my eyes. Married at a young age my formal education was limited. My work career included driving dump trucks, sales, such as door to door products in the 1960's, automobiles in the 1970's and 80's, and fire safety equipment in the 1990's. I finished off my working days as a Security, Sergeant, Supervisor for an enviromental disposal company. I worked untill I was 72 years of age. I was a runner/jogger for 26 years, untill a bad back ended that. I earned the Eagle Scout award as a lad and served a good part of my life in The Boy Scouts of America as a volunteer adult leader. I've done a good deal of hunting and fishing, mostly to be with friends and family. My wife and I have enjoyed camping. We tented most of our life, but eight years ago we purchase a small camp trailer and have enjoyed that. I enjoy travel to the extent that I can afford it. I;ve traveled in the United States, a bit of Canada and in Western Europe. I took my wife to Paris France for our 50th wedding anniversary.

Why I am a Mormon

While I was born into a Mormon family, as with most who are, I had to find my own reasons to be and remain a Mormon, to be active, to serve and to develope my own testimony of what I believed. As a child and a youth I relied on the faith and testimony of my parents, grandparents, friends and church leaders. As I grew older I slowly, "line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little, there a little" came to believe for myself that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was true. At age 14, on a grand tour of America with my parents and paternal grandparents, including LDS church history sites, I visited what we term "The Sacred Grove" in western New York state. This is the spot where Joseph Smith saw the Father and the Son in a vision. It is sacred to all Mormons. Most who visit there are deeply, spititually moved, often to tears. Many spend hours there in contemplation and prayer. At age 14, being full of myself, I felt nothing, except perhaps mild curiosity. Now in my old age after a lifetime of striving to increase my own spirituality and faith, I know for myself that Joseph Smith did see Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ in answer to a prayer that spring morning in 1820. This knowledge came to me from the Spirit of the Holy Ghost. I have not had the opportunity to return there, but am now moved to tears at just the thought of being at that sacred place again. I have served now for over 60 years in my church as an unpaid, volunteer teacher, leader and missionary. I pay a full tithe and more, and am paying for the cost of my wife and I to serve a mission. We are 800 miles from our family and the comfort of our home. All of this service, donations and seeming sacrifice has only increased my testimony of the truthfullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and this, his restored church. I think nothing encreases testimony and closeness to God than faithful, prayer, fasting and serving his children, who are my brothers and sisters. This is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

My life, in addition to working and providing for myself and my family, has included, as mentioned previously, extensive community and church service. As an adult scouter I have served thee times as a Cubmaster, also assistant scoutmaster, Explorer Advisor, Venture Coach, Scout Roundtable Instructor, Roving District Commissioner and other positions. In local politics I have been a precinct chairman at least twice and a term as treasurer for the county level party organization. I have participated in "get out the vote" often. I have been a faithful voter my whole life. Since 1958 I have donated blood on a regular basis, an estimated lifetime total of about 18 gallons. My church service in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints began at age 13 when serving as President of the group of 12 and 13 year old boys, known as the Deacons Quorum, I next seved as President of the 14 and 15 year old boys. At age 28 I was called to serve as President of the congregational group of men age 18 to 50, known as the Elders Quorum. At age 31 I was called to serve as a counselor in the congregation or Ward leadership known as the Bishopric. During my later 30's and 40's I served in the scouting positons mentioned which are accepted as church service. During these same years I served as what is known as Young Mens President, adult leader of the 12 to 18 year old boys. I also served as the multi congregational level or Stake Young Mens President. In this same period I was a teacher in Sunday School, youth and Quorum classes. At age 49 I was called to serve as Bishop of an LDS Ward. in Nevada. That sevice was for nearly five years. It is considered, perhaps the most demanding part time LDS church calling. Since then i have served as a Stake High Counselor and Ward Mission Leader and Counselor in a Stake Mission Presidency. Since age 15 I have served continuously as a Home Teacher, visiting assigned families in the Ward, monthly. All of this has been an endless blessing to me.