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Hi I'm Jeff

I live in Dubai and work in capital markets. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I work in the finance industry helping companies go public and then trade their shares. I graduated with an International Finance degree and earned an MBA. I love to play golf, read science fiction, and discuss politics. I have a great family and am trying to be a good husband and father.

Why I am a Mormon

I chose to be a Mormon. My mother is a member but my father is not. In fact, he was actively opposed to the Church. At age 18, I had to make a decision of what I really believed and whether or not I would continue in the Church. I found myself very confused by arguments and emotions from both sides. I simply made the decision a matter of prayer. I believed that if God was all powerful and could do anything He wanted, He could certainly do something as easy as speak to me in a way that I would understand and let me know in a way that I understood what was correct. So I prayed, I received an answer and now I know - for myself. I received an answer to my prayer(s). It was real and it felt right. I didn't receive any grand manifestation except I felt in my heart it was right and it made sense when I thought about it. I applied the same process to the Book of Mormon and to the Church itself and received the same result. Since then, I have received several reconfirmations as my belief has grown and my knowledge has expanded. One of the great things I love about the Church and this gospel is that it is so mind expanding. I am not limited to what truth I should or should not believe; I embrace all truth and that truth grows. I also know of the process for clarifying and growing my ability to understand truth so that I can filter through so many competing philosophies. I know the principles taught by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are true. I know because I have put them to the test myself and I have tried to live them. The invitation to know is open to anyone who sincerely wants to know for themself - but I recommend they should approach the process humbly and with an open mind.

How I live my faith

One thing I like about being Mormon is that we have a way to actively apply our religion. It isn't confined to a book or to a study hall; we actively go out and apply what we know and feel. I hear people say that when bad things happen (earthquake, flood, etc) that they want to help out and not just by donating money. Well, in our Church, we have an organized process to help and serve others. I had the good fortune of helping a family with their finances. My friend was constantly under employed; he had a job but couldn't make ends meet. The members in our church rallied around my friend. We first helped him determine what he wanted to do and which talents he would employ. We then determined if he had the level of education necessary - he didn't. We worked together, found him a college program and he enrolled. He was given a little financial assistance for the college but he paid the bulk of it by doing odd jobs that some of the members provided. He applied himself for two years in the program and while he was in process, he worked his day job and other odd jobs; he was also given a lot of encouragement, advice, and emotional support; the Church also provided a little food assistance on occasion. I can honestly say he worked very hard - as did his wife. Upon graduation, he was talking to an owner of a small business. He was immediatly employed and then he later received the option to purchase the business himself. Today, he is self sustaining in his employment and provides well for his family. This man was in this situation for many years and without the support of many people and without his own personal dedication, he might be in the same struggle today. It was a small miracle in my opinion. I like this Church because of all the spiritual reasons I mentioned and because of the ways it helps me and others practically - with my day-to-day challenges and how it allows me to serve others and find fulfillment in doing things that help the greater good.