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Hi I'm Jay Russell

I'm a fat man with lots of flaming red hair. I've been called farrier, bovine pedicurist, artist, even philosopher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Utah and move to Idaho when I was still young and pure.My youth was spent working and learning beside my parents and four sisters on the family dairy farm. I am blessed to have been born of goodly parents. My sisters are top notch too.I have maintained throughout my life that I could have "grown up" to be a very large man if I hadn't been kicked away from the table so many times by those older sisters. I spent a year or so as a youth "finding" myself in the wilds of the great state of Wyoming. Surely the town of Mt View and surrounging area is home to some of God's chosen people. While there I made lifelong friends who have influenced me to my eternal benefit.Then it was off to Utah so I could meet the most wonderful girl God had ever created. We were married about six months later in the SL temple for time and all eternity. We have five kids and so far, seven grandkids. I had no clue that life could be so good.

Why I am a Mormon

I consider being a mormon to be a great blessing. Mormonism teaches the Plan of Salvation which tells us where we came from, why we are here, where we are goimg, and how to get there. Let me assure you that this in no way resembles being told "where to go"! My church teaches that I can live with those I love for eternity. It teaches that my Savior knows me and loves me. I have been taught of a Heavenly Father who is as real as my own family. It is to Him that I pray. This is as real and simple as talking to my friends. Well, perhaps He is my best friend. In short,I am a mormon because it brings hope, joy, and a promise of eternal happiness. It is a wonderful way to live.

How I live my faith

Through the years I have been priveleged to serve in many different capacities in the church. This service has blessed my life.With each calling or assignment my testimony and my convition of the Lord's work grows. Currently I co-teach early morning seminary with my sweet wife.Actually to say I "teach" is quite generous. In reallity she does the teaching, I just add my testimony to hers. It is a wonderful thing to associate with the youth of the church. It is awesome to help teach and to see their testimonies grow. I also serve as executive secratary to our Bishop. I have come to appreciate the fact that sitting in bishopric meeting is a very special privilege. I am certain that our church leaders are inspired men, called to the work by the Almighty himself through those holding priesthood keys. I have come to love the sweet feelings of peace that come from the influance of the Holy Ghost. I am amazed at the love my Savior Jesus Christ has for me. He hears and answers my prayers. Sometimes in miraculous ways. I have learned that it is through service to my fellow man that I gain my own satisfaction and happiness. Also I have learned to depend on Him for help in the mundane and routine things of life. Every day I expect him, at my request, to help me do work that is possibly better that what I can do on my own. Though my personal knowlege of the equine limb and hoof is considerabe,iIt is limited to what I have been taught; the Creator of the world on the other hand, has a perfect understanding af all things. Including the horse I may be working on. Why would I not seek His guidence? Why would I ever question His willingness to help? He has, after all, promised to grant whatever we ask if it is right. Life for me, is so much better since I have come to better understand that God hears my prayers, ....and answers them.