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Hi I'm Jeffrey D. Myers

My father was of Welsh and German descent, and my mother Japanese. I was raised Nazarene, became Catholic, and now, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am one of seven children, and the firstborn, to two of the greatest parents the world will ever know. My wife and I met on a blind date in which she only spoke 7 words. It was on our second date, I told her I would marry her. Two years later, we were married. After nearly 34 years of marriage, we have four children of our own, and seven grandchildren. I was always involved in sports and athletics, eventually leading to a college teaching degree in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation. I wrestled three years in high school, and four years in college. I have a black belt in Japanese Judo, brown belt in Korean Tae Kwon Do Karate, and green belt in American Tang Soo Do Karate. My favorite sports are basketball, volleyball, and softball. I also served in the US Air Force as a Navigator and a Major, taking the Voluntary Separation Incentive (VSI) and accepting an Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) commitment until 2025 after 16 plus years of service. I have Public Service Administration, and Education graduate courses, and a Human Resources Management Masters degree. I played the trumpet 4th-12th grade, totally mechanically and by ear, getting the instructor or director to play for me. My great love is singing a capella. I have sung the US National Anthem at many events as well as the Japanese National Anthem. I love to sing hymns, and sacred music. I grew up on country music, church music, and love songs. I love the spirit to spirit connection singing affords.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised Nazarene through high school, joined Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Navigator Ministries during college, and converted to the Catholic church after college. I tried to be the best Catholic I could be. I had the misfortune or fortune to go to an 'open' confession. The priest met me sitting down, legs crossed, with a cigarette in one hand, a glass of wine in the other, and a long sleeved paisley shirt visible under his sacred robes. I told him I had not been kind to my coworkers. This upset him, and he berated me for raising such menial and trivial sins. That was my last confession, and maybe his too, as he left the church and ran away with the church secretary, shortly thereafter. I was very tolerant and respectful of the religious beliefs of others, and had many unanswered questions. Every church I tried to join said something like, 'you will be shown further light and knowledge as you grow in faith'. One day at lunch, my Aircraft Commander (AC), started shoveling food. I asked him why he didn't pray, since he was such a religious man. He said, out of respect for the religious beliefs of others, he did not pray in public. This began many long discussions about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. On my way to a National Prayer Breakfast, I slipped on black ice , resulting in a spiral fracture, stainless steel bolt, and 8 weeks in a non-walking cast. My AC gave me The Marvelous Work and a Wonder to read in the hospital, and sent the Missionaries to visit me with my own copy of the Book of Mormon. I quickly found the answers to my questions. The essential elements of my personal testimony: my belief in Jesus Christ, the Prophet Joseph Smith, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the Bible, and the Book of Mormon came easily. But, I knew I had to read the Book of Mormon. I miraculously read its 522 pages, cover to cover, from morning to morning. I was baptized with my wife, as soon as the cast came off.

How I live my faith

One thing my AC told me: "Do not join the Church because of the programs of the Church. Join because you have a testimony of the truthfulness of the Church. Joining yourself to the Church is not like joining a social club or organization, but it is a way of life". Being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is a way of life, a full time opportunity to serve God and your fellow men and women. Perhaps the greatest gift is to know the answers to three important questions: Who am I? Where did I come from? Where am I going? Knowing these answers, gives one an eternal perspective. While other churches told me I was a sinner, I was wrong, I was broken, I was unworthy, etc, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints told me "We claim the privilege of worshiping almighty God, according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may". I believe in religious freedom, and freedom of choice. I believe God's true church would love as Jesus loved, lift the downtrodden, and heal the broken hearts. All this and more, because this is His Church, led by a true and living Prophet of God, even Thomas S. Monson, who receives divine inspiration and revelation for His Church, for both members and non-members. I serve as a Temple Ordinance Worker one day each month assisting and serving Temple patrons as they strive to learn more about themselves and their God. I serve as a Clerk over Finances for the administration of tithes and offerings, which is essentially a Sunday calling or duty which I very much enjoy. I serve as an assistant in the Nursery for children 18 months to 3 years old. My most rewarding calling to date. I learn so much from these young children and their beautiful spirits! I serve as Home Teacher for seven families, visiting them at least once a month to assist them with their physical and spiritual needs. I support and love all our fulltime missionaries.