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Hi I'm Jerry

I was born in a small town in Louisiana. I love doing my family history and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a family history consultant and love doing my family history. I own a small business that helps other businesses be more profitable. I have 5 grown children, 2 girls and 3 sons. One very odd thing about my children is the fact that my girls are right handed and my sons are all left handed.

Why I am a Mormon

Over 3 decades ago after rejecting the idea of listening to the message brought by Mormon missionaries I stopped and asked them a question that other churches had failed to answer. This is what I asked. In grade school we were taught the history of the Americas. When the Spanish landed in Mexico they were greeted by the native people, showered with gifts and gold treasures and welcomed as the "Great White God" returning. Returning? When was he here before? The Mormon missionaries welcomed the question, handed me the Book of Mormon and told me to read and come to know the answer for myself. I read, learned and found the answer to my question. I grew up Methodist. I went to church because my parents made me. For over 3 decades I have been a Mormon and go to church every week, in addition to my role as early morning scripture teacher and no one makes me go. I want to go. I look forward to going.

How I live my faith

In my church I am called to teach...a lot. I teach family history,financial preparedness and I teach an early morning scripture study class for high school students. These students volunteer to come to our study group at 5:55 am and study for 45 minutes each day before school. 2-3 times per year I teach an 8-week course in family history. We cover the need for researching our genealogy and ow to use the multitiude of free sources to do the work. Part of being prepared for emergencies is being prepared financially. I am often called upon to teach a financial class on budgeting and the correct way to handle money.

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Jesus Christ taught by example that everyone must be baptized by someone with the proper authority in order to gain exaltation. He walked a great distance to find John the Baptist who performed the baptism of the only perfect being to walk the Earth. If even Jesus had to be baptized by someone with the proper authority then so must everyone else who has ever been born. We Mormons know that everyone can have this baptism done for them via proxy and this is one of the ordainces done in our temples. A living person will stand in place of the deceased person and perform the baptism by proxy. The deceased person may then accept or decline this proxy ordaince. Show more Show less