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Hi I'm Jeff

I'm from northern Utah. I love to hike, fish, bike, play the piano and learn as much as I can. I'm proud to be a Mormon.

About Me

I love to spend time outside. The mountains near my home are one of my favorite places; it's always fun to hike and explore them. I love to fish, especially fly fishing for trout in mountain streams. I love to bird, or bird watch. I love that I can take that nearly anywhere I go, since birds are found in so many places. I think they are so interesting and beautiful and I love the challenge of identifying them. Riding my bike, especially with my friends, is my favorite 'workout'. I love that mobility and how it keeps me fit as I do it. I plan to attend college at Utah State University after serving a 2-year LDS mission in South Korea. Playing the piano is one of my very favorite things. I love pieces from the Romantic period, especially those written by Chopin and Rachmaninoff.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Mormon church and I'm so happy I was! Having the guidance for my life has blessed me immensely. I know what I need to do to be happy and have peace. Having the scriptures, especially the Book of Mormon, is wonderful; I know I can always turn to them and learn more about how to better myself and live a happier life. They strengthen my testimony of Christ and help me remember my purpose and to be more like Him.

How I live my faith

In my ward I have the opportunity to bless the sacrament, sometimes give a talk in front of the congregation, and play hymns in other meetings. I had the calling as the pianist for one of the classes I attend, where we open by singing a hymn. I always love being able to share my talent in that way. I have had the opportunity to visit member families in my ward with my dad to share a message with them, usually based on articles from Church magazines, such as the New Era or Ensign. I have been called to serve a mission in South Korea and I'm very excited for that opportunity to serve the Lord for those 2 years.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Jeff
A testimony is something very personal and individual, yet for those in our church, they have to do with similar things. We gain a testimony through spiritual witness by the Holy Ghost, this comes as a great, undeniable feeling you have when you know something to be true and right after praying about it or acting on a prompting or accepting a challenge to do something, such as reading the Book of Mormon. By having this witness come to you many times having to do with different things, you grow and your testimony grows. You gain a knowledge through the Holy Ghost that the church is true and its doctrine is right. Sharing your testimony with others helps them feel the spirit and also strengthens their testimony. Show more Show less