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Hi I'm Jerry

I was born in Livermore, California. I have operated a painting business for several years. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I have worked construction most of my adult life. My dad was in the trades when I was young so I learned from him. I graduated from high school, fumbled around a little trying to discover who I was supposed to be and was married when I was 21. I have been blessed with a total of 6 children; some mine, one adopted, and a few step-children. The house is becoming more empty as the children grow-up and move out - we are slowly replacing them with dogs. I enjoy time with my family and dogs. I ride a motorcycle with my wife on occasion, when I have the time and energy after work. I have a passion for weight lifting, hiking, camping, and bicycling as well. Since the majority of our children have moved out; married or in college, we find ourselves wanting to travel more frequently. This typically involves vacationing where the children have moved. Much of my spare time is spent reading, watching television, or considering how I would like to spend my retirement. That is, if I had spare time. There are too many do it yourself projects around the house that must be done, car maintenance, and planning for the future. I recently completed my masters degree as a sense of accomplishment for myself. I thoroughly enjoy life to the best of my ability while attempting to overcome the obstacles placed before me.

Why I am a Mormon

Though I was born and raised in the church I have had my share of struggles and temptations. In fact, I fell away from the teachings of the church for a long time. With plenty of soul searching and attempts at finding answers on my own I found myself on bended knee praying to our Heavenly Father for guidance, inspiration, and answers. Within a day or two my home teachers stopped by my house to check on me and see how my family and I were doing; within another day or two the missionaries stopped by my house and asked if they could make an appointment to visit with us. There was no doubt were their inspiration was coming from. I prayed many more times for clarification and the answer kept staring me in the face. Regardless of my previous perceptions, I could not and will not deny what I felt and continue to feel for the gospel of Jesus Christ and the love he has shown me. I only hope to be able to show him the same love in return.

How I live my faith

I have been fortunate enough to be called in a position in the church that allows me to grow and learn from the strength of the youth. It can, at times, be exhausting planning, coordinating, and implementing all the program particulars, but seeing the joy in the faces of young men and women is more than payment for all the effort. These responsibilities are shared with other members of the church as willing and dedicated to the tasks as I am. Most often, the opportunity to serve in any capacity in the church carries many blessings and responsibilities along with an amazing support group willing to lend a hand. I am given the opportunity to visit a couple of families on a regular basis. These families are offer inspiration and motivation to me. My companion was recently assigned to me and has not had the opportunity to meet these wonderful people yet.