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Hi I'm Jeffrey

I was raised near Seattle, WA. I came to love the exhilarating sports of track & field and cross country. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

First thing that comes to mind is running. I quickly learned to love the sport of running in 4th grade and stuck with track & field until I graduated high school. I just love being outside and having a good exhilarating work out. I came appreciate running even more during my junior year of high school when I did cross country for the first time. Running through trails in the woods, mud pits, or on the beach, is such a great way to enjoy nature, and of course a great work out. I played lots of other team sports and enjoy playing many others as recreational activities. I just also want to mention that snow skiing is another of my favorite sports; probably even more so than running. My family and I moved to Stockholm, Sweden when I was 5. We lived there for just shy of 4 years; it was a wonderful experience. I became very fluent in the language and attended a public Swedish school. After several years now being back in the U.S. I have forgotten the language unfortunately. Although we traveled before we went to Sweden, I really learned to love traveling while in Europe. Being so close now to several different cultures, and natural and man-made sights, it was hard to resist to go visit them. We went to Japan, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, and Spain. I don't remember much of them because I was so young. But I recently visited France and Belgium, which are two beautiful countries that I will always have a clear memory of.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it makes me happy. It brings peace to my soul. Although I was born into an active family in the church, I had to go through a conversion, just like everyone else who's family is active or not. My conversion was slow and gradual. I was going through some hard times, many hard times, for a long time. During those hard times, I would try to obey the teachings of the church. I remember that as I strived to obey the church, as I knelt down and studied the Book of Mormon, I would feel a unique sense of calm and clarity through my hard ships. And over time, after feeling that peace and a warm heart that I got from drawing closer to Christ, it became harder and harder to deny it. What started out as a simple act of faith, hoping that as I strove to obey the church that it would help me, turned into something so strong that I cannot deny that the church is true. I learned through trials and tribulations that the gospel truly brings you joy to the soul, and that you have the power to withstand any trial. That the church is the best, and easiest way to go through this earth life. I am a Mormon because I know it is true, because it brings peace and happiness to my life.

How I live my faith

I am proud to say that I live my faith both publicly, and with integrity. I attend church weekly, prepared to listen to the teachings of others, and serve diligently in my calling as a hometeacher. The men in the church can be called to being a hometeacher, who go out to their assigned member families, active or not, and to do a "check-up" making sure everything is going smoothly and to share a spiritual thought. I serve this position with my loving father, whom I have been a hometeacher with for several years. Another way I live my faith is by service. I attend service that the church has organized, and also service that I find on my own. Service is a strong teaching in the church. It helps us build our attribute of charity, the pure love of Christ, but we must be sure that as we serve others we do it happily and willingly, otherwise we, yourself, does not benefit from it. I have grown to love service very much. It is a great blessing to those you serve and to yourself. There's nothing like spending your own time helping another, and being filled with the love of Christ, knowing that what you are doing is an act of love towards the other(s), and that you will be blessed with a mind at peace and warm heart, going through life as happy as can be.