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Hi I'm Jack

I grew up in Wyoming. I managed Ag businesses for years; then worked for a software co. until retirement. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

After graduating from the University of Wyoming, we lived in many other states because I managed feed mills & grain elevators for a number of years. We loved each area we lived in and appreciated the friends we made. My wife and I raised 10 children and we have 37 grandchildren. They bring us great joy. One of my hobbies is doing volunteer construction, home repair and other humanitarian work. Raising flowers and vegetable gardening have been very rewarding for us.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother taught me to pray when I was very young. As a teenager I read the Bible and Book of Mormon. I gained a firm conviction that both testified of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I learned that God the Father and His son Jesus Christ are very real and that they are forgiving, kind and loving. Then I saved up money so I could serve a mission and was sent to North Germany. There I witnessed many wonderful occasions where the gospel of Jesus Christ changed lives dramatically. Since then, experiences in raising our 10 children verified the beauty of what we were taught. The joy and peace that come from living the gospel, even in the midst of difficult trials, truly does surpass all understanding.

How I live my faith

One of the greatest joys of church service and the perhaps the hardest work has been working with the youth. On other occasions I served in various leadership positions in our congregation that provided opportunities to help those who were struggling with illness, disability, spiritual agony, financial difficulties, self doubt or lack of food. It is most rewarding to work with individuals who overcome their difficulties and find great joy and peace through obedience to the commandments of the Lord and by building a closer relationship with their Savior. I feel strongly that the most important thing we can do is to provide humble, loving and kind service to others. Our church provides a Home Teaching program where brethren of the congregation are sent out in pairs to visit and watch over a group of assigned families. These home teachers visit the families monthly and bring uplifting messages, encourage the youth and help the family with some of life’s challenges. Some of the duties may include volunteer service work for that family. More complex difficulties are reported to and handled by the family's Bishop. Some of my best friends are home teachers who visited my family or people I had not known until I was assigned to be their home teacher. It is quite a comfort and a blessing to help each other.