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Hi I'm Jeff

I grew up in Virginia. I love to learn, listen to music, and try to make a difference in the world.

About Me

I grew up on the East Coast and plan to stick around, although my family is spread out across the United States and Canada. I'm lucky that the distance doesn't stop us from being great friends and keeping up with each others' lives. I've been an uncle for five years now, and I'm still surprised at how I want to see my nieces and nephews all the time! Next to my faith, my family and friends have been my single greatest influencers. I'm living in Washington D.C., working in the public relations department of a non-profit law firm that defends religious liberty for people of all faiths. If my dream job weren't to be a heart throb singer-songwriter, this job would be it. It pushes me every day to learn more, and I feel like I'm doing something good and worthwhile for the world. My short career has luckily been one of the most rewarding aspects of my life. On my free time I like to eat out with friends and visit downtown D.C. as often as possible. I love the hustle and bustle of cities, but I also grew up in suburban Virginia country, so I really enjoy being outside in nature. Top three most beautiful places I've ever seen: Niagara Falls, red-orange canyons in New Mexico, and night skies in Malargue, Argentina.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church, but really came to practice the religion when I was 14. Since then, I've been blessed with special moments that have proven to me that Jesus Christ lives today, and this Church teaches his true Gospel. Also, the Gospel lifestyle has blessed my life greatly. Were it not for Christ, I would not be the person I am today.

How I live my faith

The most important aspect of my religious life (and the most difficult one) is just doing the little things every day. Reading in the scriptures every morning, saying meaningful prayers at night, and striving constantly to do things that God would want me to do, like serving and going the extra mile for others, or filling my day with good, worthwhile activities. Really, the everyday things are what make me strong as a person and bring me closest to God. I'm also a public affairs representative for my Church's region, and help out with all sort of different projects. Usually this means taking pictures of church activities or teaching members how to use online and social media resources to communicate with each other more efficiently. Like everyone in our congregation, I am asked to visit a few of our members at least once a week to check up on how they are doing. I've been doing this since I was a kid when I used to do these visits with my dad. Some of my best experiences of service were when I was in the home of a friend on one of these visits, and we simply gave them our time and attention, and occasionally helped them with something in particular. Experiences like those really strengthen my faith because they teach you to forget about yourself and look at other people the God might look at them.