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Hi I'm Jeff

I live in Utah and work all over the western U.S. I have an amazing wife and two wonderful sons. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I think I was guided to my profession without my knowing it. I started working in the library in college as a part time job. Though I eventually gained my MBA, I ultimately found work in the information industry teaching clients in the school world about the value and use of research databases. I've been enjoying that work now for more than 20 years. My wife and I are the parents of two sons. Our youngest is a talented, energetic, and thoughtful young man who was welcomed into our family through adoption. Our oldest is a wonderful young man who faces substantial developmental and social disabilities. We, along with others who assist us, are his caregivers. While life as a caregiver has been very challenging, I can say with certainty that the very best things in my life are my family and my faith. Nothing else even comes close.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a Mormon. But that really isn't the full story. Many of those around me were not that religious as I was growing up. But I felt early on the love and kindness of many members of my faith and family. It was a feeling of peace and warmth that is hard to forget. For a period of time in my youth, I stopped participating regularly in my faith. I was too interested in all of the other things around me that looked exciting to do. As time went by, however, I found that pretty much everything out there that makes this world exciting and interesting was not enough to give me a true sense of lasting happiness and peace. I began to study the scriptures, and especially The Book of Mormon, and to pray about its message. As I did so, I remember feeling a powerful feeling of peace and a feeling that the Savior was speaking directly to me through the words I was reading. I knew I was being told that the peace I sought was here, and that I would find it nowhere else. That's how I started to truly live as a part of my faith. Over the years I've felt those same reassuring feelings many times again, while seeking the Lord's guidance in my life or just pondering questions about life and its circumstances. I know my faith and its teachings are true, and there is a real power here for peace and understanding that I've never felt anywhere else. With all my heart I am grateful for it. I consider it the greatest gift I could ever receive.

How I live my faith

I make an effort to live the standards of my faith. I know that has been a blessing to me, and hopefully it has also been an example for others around me. If there is an opportunity to help someone who has a unique need, whether or not they are a member of our church, I do my best to join in. Along with a fellow member of my local congregation, I regularly visit some of the families in our congregation to make sure they are doing well, and help support them in any difficulties they may be having. We serve voluntarily in our congregations at the request of the Lord and our leaders, serving in different duties for varying periods of time. In that service, I have had the opportunity to teach young children, teach adults, help people looking for work, and assist in the leadership of my congregation in multiple ways. Each opportunity to serve has been a blessing and helped me to gain a better understanding of how the Savior lived his life serving others.

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

There are several important things I feel we need to do to know our Father in Heaven. The first would be to pray, and with that would be to listen to thoughts and feelings that come into our hearts after and while we pray. The next most important thing we can do is to become familiar with His commandments by studying the scriptures. The last is to then do our best to obey His commandments. By obeying Heavenly Father's commandments, we will come to understand the reason He gave them to us, and it will bring us closer to Him. Show more Show less