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Hi I'm Jeff

I am a sixth generation Californian. I love to read, be outdoors, and spend time with family and friends. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in California as the oldest of four children. I spent much of my youth camping, hiking, and water skiing with family and friends. I went to college in Utah and graduated with an Accounting degree. I served a mission in Texas and learned Spanish. I like to exercise by bicycling, hiking, playing basketball and using an elliptical during the winter. I love to read and enjoy spending time with my wife and kids - we make and eat lots of cookies and hamburgers, play games, watch movies, hike, camp, and chase our dog around.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was raised as a member of the Church, during my early teen years I had serious questions about the church doctrine. I studied the scriptures, and prayed, and came to know for myself of its truthfulness and the divinity of Jesus Christ. The Church and many strong adult mentors from the Church had a wonderful impact on my life and largely kept me out of trouble during my teen and young adult years. The Church's teaching has made my life much better, and I have seen it have a positive impact in the lives in many other people. The teachings of the gospel have given me a strong moral compass. As much of the world is changing rapidly, the gospel is an anchor. Over the years I have learned a variety of skills and abilities through Church service and activities that have had a tremendous impact for good on me in other settings, particularly with family, friends, work, school, and in community activities. I have come to know and to be continually reminded that Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer. As I come to Church each week with an open heart and mind, I can feel my Savior's love through the power of the Holy Ghost. Attending Church each week and interacting with others who are there gives me great strength to carry on each week. I know that God loves all of us and wants us to progress, be happy, and return to live with Him in the life to come..

How I live my faith

My wife and I work closely together to coordinate a weekly family meeting with our children lasting anywhere from 20 to 60 minutes to do activities that may include talking about recent family activities, planning future family activities, presenting religious messages, singing songs, helping our kids with Scouting advancement/schoolwork group assignments, writing a monthly journal of events that happened, periodically reviewing family safety matters, playing board games, and eating treats at the end. We also say family prayers together each day. I say personal prayers and study the scriptures daily. I attend church services each week. I enjoy visiting four households (one older couple and three single women) each month with a companion to see how things are going with them in their lives. I serve in the community by regularly donating blood at the blood bank. I enjoy working with our local Scout troop. I have also helped coach a number of children/youth soccer, baseball, and basketball teams. I love having the chance to interact with the young men and young women ages 12-18 each Sunday during and after regular Church services. We have lots of fun going on camping trips and other excursions on the weekends with the boys as well as other midweek activities. I also have the opportunity to help plan the Sunday services by inviting members of the congregation to offer prayers and give gospel themed talks or speeches. It is humbling to see others be willing to step forward and contribute to the well being of all.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Members of the Church are organized geographically into local congregations called wards or branches. These are based on specific neighborhoods/areas where individuals and families live. The leader of a congregation is called a bishop or a branch president and serves on a volunteer basis. Members are called or asked to serve by their leaders in positions that may range from teaching Sunday School, working with the Cub or Boy Scouts, coordinating dinners and events, to helping to clean and maintain the Church building (to just name a few). As individuals serve, they bless the lives of others, have a chance to learn and grow, and get to know and become closer to others in the congregation and community. People learn and progress by actively participating. As Mormons don't have a paid clergy, everyone needs to step up and contribute to make it all work. Although sometimes a few of us fall short, generally most people faithfully serve and do great good in their service. Show more Show less