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Hi I'm Jody

I am a father of four. I work as a construction manager in Idaho. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a happily married father of four in East Idaho. I was born in Southern Alaska, but my mother brought me back to Idaho when I was still young. I had the good fortune of forming many great memories with my grandparents on their ranch. They spent the Summers in a 2-room cabin with no running water or electricity. I remember fetching water in a bucket and using a ladle to get a drink. The bathroom was an outhouse out back. Now I live in a modern house with plenty of sinks and toilets! I work in construction doing bids and managing projects. I also have a degree in Finance. I enjoy being outdoors a lot. Hiking and backpacking in the nearby mountains is my favorite pastime. My wife and I were married in college. We had our first child in college as well and she spent her first birthday with us in Uruguay as I was studying a semester there. We now have four children and spend most of our time trying to keep up with them and their activities. We spend a lot of time in our yard. It is a big yard and requires a lot of time, but it is a wonderful place to spend time with those I love. I would do anything for my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a good home, but not a religious home. When I was seven my older sister began attending church with some Mormon neighbors and brought me along. As I continued going to church guess I just felt like I was in the right place. As I grew older many of my friends were Mormons too. I learned so much from the examples of those friends and their families. As I reflect on my life, I can see the hand of a loving Heavenly Father putting wonderful people and awesome experiences along my path. One of the greatest experiences of my life was being married to my beautiful wife. We were married in a temple. It was such a sacred experience, because a temple marriage is also a sealing. It's not just 'til death do us part. We made covenants with God and each other that will allow us to be together forever. And those four children will be our children forever too (but we will let them grow up). I know that God has given us the opportunity to have eternal families and that opportunity comes only through His priesthood administered in temples the are dedicated as holy places of worship. I know that His priesthood power is on the earth today and was restored to it through Joseph Smith who was a prophet of God. Since that restoration, the Lord has called prophets to preside in that priesthood and lead His church - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

How I live my faith

I try to follow the Savior's path in my everyday life. I am not very good at it yet, but I strive everyday to follow closer in his footsteps. As a young man I spent two years in Australia doing missionary work, I enjoyed getting to know people and helping them discover their identity as children of God. I now serve with the youth in my church. A few years ago I organized a handcart trek for the youth in my area. This experience really served to strengthen faith as they were able to sense what their pioneer ancestors were able and willing to do in order to worship their God. I am currently working with many of those same young people to spread the gospel in our area. It is amazing how much they are being prepared to serve as full-time missionaries far away from home as I once did.