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Hi I'm Jerry

I'm a technology director who has 4 kids, likes playing Halo, reading sci fi books, and sports. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I married my highschool sweetheart at the age of 21 after dating for 4 years. She is my best friend. We have 4 children, three boys and one girl. I went to a local college to get my degree in English. My biggest hobby since I was 10 years old was computers and computer programming. After graduating, I was able to get a job doing data entry and database work. That progressed to other jobs that got more and more technical until I eventually was hired as the Director of a technology department. Now I manage over 125 physical and virtual servers and a small technical support department that fixes people's desktop computers and manages the network. It's a challenging yet rewarding job that requires me to keep learning so that I can stay current with the latest technologies. My hobbies are my kids. I enjoy spending time with them as they participate in soccer, baseball, basketball, dance and flag football.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born into an LDS family, I still went through my own "conversion" to the Gospel, just like many of our members do before they join our church. As a teenager, I began questioning God's existence and whether the LDS church was really God's restored church. I had many teachers in both high school and college who taught that all life on earth was a cosmic accident that occurred after the Big Bang and that God was only a figment of men's imagination. This caused me to question many of the things I had been taught since childhood. I met my wife in my Senior year in high school. She was raised in a different church. She had many questions about the Mormon faith that required me to read the scriptures in more detail to find answers. As I found each answer, my own testimony began to grow because they were answers to my own questions and confirmed what I already knew in my heart--that the Church of Jesus Christ had been restored on the earth. That the church is led by a modern day prophet, who is led by Jesus Christ. And through the restored Priesthood we can be baptized and receive the Holy Spirit to be with us as a constant companion, to help guide us in our every day lives. I have had many special spiritual experiences in my adult life that have confirmed this knowledge again and again. I know that God lives and that he loves us. I know that he sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to this earth so that he could show us the way to return to Him. I am truly blessed.

How I live my faith

I work with the youth in our church as the Boy Scout Scoutmaster and work with the 12-13 year old young men. I help them learn new things as they work on various merit badges and have enjoyed going on backpacking overnighters and Boy Scout summer camps. The best part of being a Scoutmaster is when we have a campfire after a day of exploring or hiking and I can point up to the stars and the surrounding mountains and trees and say, "Look what God created for you. And all because He loves you." I also help teach the young men during Sunday School each Sunday. This gives me an opportunity to share my Testimony of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and his atonement, death and resurrection. He did all of this so that we can be cleansed of our sins through baptism and repentance, so that we can return to live with Him and our Heavenly Father again as a family after this mortal life. I am proud of the young men that I am blessed to serve each week. They have strong testimonies of Jesus Christ, that he exists, and that he loves them and is concerned about them. They are very supportive of each other, genuinely like one another, and associate with each other at school, in sporting events, in Scouts, etc. They are reminders to me that there are good people in this world despite the bad news on TV and in the newspapers each day. I am also a priesthood holder in our church. As a father, I was able to baptize each of my children once they turned 8 years of age, as that is when we feel that a boy or girl can fully understand the choices they make and the consequences of their decisions (ie, when their mistakes can be considered "sins" by God). Baptizing my own children was a special blessing. I am a grateful to be a Priesthood holder so that I can use God's power to bless my family.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Jerry
Jesus Christ atoned for our sins by taking them upon Him in the Garden of Gethsemane, where he suffered great spiritual agony, before being taken by wicked men who condemned Him to death. He suffered physical agony as they scourged Him and then hung Him from the cross until he finally passed from this mortal life. After three days of administering to those who had already passed on in Paradise, the Savior returned to earth and took up his mortal body again and became a perfect, resurrected being who could not be killed again. He then appeared to his close friends and the 11 apostles to show them that he was in fact the Savior and had accomplished what he had been sent by his Father to do. The Savior's resurrection means that all men will be resurrected some day. This is a free gift to everyone. However, His atonement is only available to those who follow him by getting baptized as He did, by following His example, and when we make mistakes, repent of our sins and ask Heavenly Father for forgiveness in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Jerry
Temples are houses of God in which we make and keep sacred covenants with God that ask us to live good Christian lives. In return, God promises that we will be able to live with our spouses and family members again for eternity after this mortal life. All of the temple ordinances are participatory in nature. This means that you when you go to the Temple, you are participating in the ordinances performed there, not just observing them. That is why only members in good standing attend the temple. You first need to have a testimony of Temples and the ordinances being performed there, then actually participate in them when you go. Temples are where we receive spiritual blessings and are sealed to our spouses for time and all eternity. We also do work for those family members who have passed on but never had a chance to be baptized or sealed to their companions. By doing this work for them, they will be given a chance to either accept or reject the baptism and sealing on the other side of the veil. We are only doing what they cannot do for themselves since they are no longer alive. But by doing this work, we are able to give them an opportunity that they would never otherwise get. I believe this is one of the greatest aspects of the restored Gospel. Think of all the people who lived good lives and died but never had a chance to hear the Savior's gospel. They can all still be given that chance through Temple work. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Jerry
Yes, we do! We believe that Jesus Christ is the literal Son of our Heavenly Father. We believe that by following Him, and by getting baptized, we can take advantage of His atonement so that we may be able to repent of our sins and be made clean again, which will allow us to enter Heavenly Father's Kingdom and live with him and Jesus Christ forever after we pass from this mortal life and are resurrected to a perfect, immortal body. Show more Show less