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Hi I'm Jeff

I'm a management consultant, volleyball official, & volunteer; and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am originally from a small farming community and the youngest of four children. I recently graduated from college with an undergraduate degree in business management strategy and I now work as a management consultant full-time. I really enjoy the work I do because I get to help organizations solve problems and implement change. In addition to consulting, I also officiate volleyball and I thoroughly enjoy it - it is more of a hobby than a job. I have officiated high school and collegiate volleyball, and am currently a line judge for multiple collegiate conferences. I have a passion for charity work and led a trip of college students to Zambia, Africa in May 2012 to distribute thousands of humanitarian, education, and medical supplies among villages and schools there.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I believe that God can still speak to His children today through prophets and apostles - just like He did in years past. I am a Mormon because I have read the Book of Mormon multiple times and there is something special about it that resonates really well with me. Its teachings parallel and complement that which I have studied in the Bible. Both books help me to come closer to Christ and better live according to His example. I am a Mormon because the gospel of Jesus Christ pushes me to improve myself, care for others, work hard, and reach my potential. I am a Mormon because it is the most complete and relevant religion that allows me to most fully live my Christian faith. I am a Mormon because I believe it is true.

How I live my faith

Demonstrations of my faith can be seen in almost every aspect of my life. How I treat others, the things I say, how I spend my time, etc. - everything results from my faith. I have loved giving religious service in my local area/congregation, regardless of where I live. While in college, for example, I had the opportunity to teach Sunday School each week, visit members of the congregation in their homes, and lead a group of guys in giving service within our community and congregation. It is really important for me to find ways to transfer teachings from the scriptures and into my life. If one's faith does not dictate how life is to be lived, it is no faith at all. I'm grateful for the hope that faith in Christ provides.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Definitely not. My faith, and the faith of all Mormons, is founded in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Only through Christ can we return to live with God again. Only Christ could have and in fact did sacrifice Himself on our behalf. Joseph Smith was simply an instrument in the hands of the Lord to re-establish Christ's original church on the earth. God gives us specific skills and talents for specific reasons - so we can help others in some way. Joseph Smith was specifically chosen to serve as a prophet and was given the traits necessary to fulfill that responsibility. I feel that God has given me specific skills and talents for specific reasons as well - not to serve as a prophet, but to help those around me in any way I can. Show more Show less