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Hi I'm Don C. Jepson

I was born in Hurricane, Utah, USA. I'm retired and serving as a Service Missionary for 18 mo. on a farm in Camb., Engl.

About Me

I retired in 2007 from public transportation and then went to work for a tour bus company. I also arranged small family-size tours from the United States to take people to Denmark to explore their family roots. I love traveling and it was very fulfilling to give others the experience of visiting their ancestral villages and making that direct connection with their Danish heritage. I love family history and researching my own families stories, so this was as exciting for me as it was for them. I have been married to Carolyn for nearly 49 years and we have five sons and 18 grandchildren. My mother's father immigrated to Utah from Denmark after joining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints there in the late 1800's. My father's great-grandparents were among the early converts to "Mormonism" in England. They joined the church in 1837 in the Bolton, Lancashire area. He was born in Astley Bridge. His name was James Jepson and her name was Eleanor Nightingale. I love my ancestors for having the courage to act on what they felt was true and right, and then going through the trials that followed to live their religion.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a fifth generation "Mormon". Many might think that I have only taken the route of least resistance and done as my parents before me have done. But I have studied the gospel of Jesus Christ as it is taught in this church and I have given it the test and have gained for myself a conviction that it is true. I have been able to use its teachings to answer the questions that I have had and that have been asked me by others to understand my Heavenly Father's plan for me on this earth and for a life that I know will follow. I have read the Book of Mormon and can testify that it is the word of God. I know that it teaches the gospel of Jesus Christ and is another testimony that he is the Son of God and my personal Savior. I know that he has redeemed me from my sins and died for me that I too may be resurrected even as he was and that I can live again with my Father in Heaven. I know that if we live the teachings he has given us that we can have happiness not only in this life but for eternities to come. My ancestors joined the church because they learned that God had again called a prophet to lead His people on the earth. Even so I know that there is a living prophet at the head of this church today who receives revelation and inspiration to lead and guide us now. His name is Thomas S. Monson. I have met him and have heard him speak many times and testify that I know he is called of God as a prophet. I know that as part of Heavenly Father's great Plan of Happiness, we can be together forever as families and that our relationships continue throughout the eternities. I am thankful for and comforted by this knowledge.

How I live my faith

As a young man of 19 years of age I served a two and a half year mission in Denmark telling people about our church. It was the most wonderful time of my youth and I not only learned to speak the Danish language, but I learned to love the Danish people. In 2009 and 2010, my wife and I had the wonderful experience of serving as full-time missionaries for 19 months in Denmark where we served in the Center for Young Adults. This was a center where the young members of our church from ages 18 to 30 could come after they finished their school day or as they got off from work, and associate with other youth. Each night of the week would allow for different activities or classes where they could learn together or just play games and have good wholesome fun together. We are now serving together as Agricultural Church Service Missionaries on farms that are owned by the church in England. Our church is a church of order and likes to have our properties looking nice, as well as being productive, so we mow lawns and paint houses and buildings and do other projects to beautify these properties. The profits from these farms are used for humanitarian purposes throughout the world so we feel that we are doing something to help our brothers and sisters in their times of need. We are also serving in this capacity for a period of 18 months. I love being in England and getting to know the wonderful people here. I feel like I understand more about my English heritage after having this great experience.

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Don C. Jepson
I have a special place in my heart for this doctrine because I have personally visited on the "other side" with a little sister of mine who died in infancy. In the same experience I also saw and spoke with my great-grandfather so I know that there is life after death and that we have a family connection there. I must say that the place I visited was more beautiful than any place I have ever seen on earth and I know that we will be happy there. Show more Show less