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Hi I'm Jeff

I grew up in Oregon. I love to travel, be outdoors, and learn. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am husband to the girl of my dreams and a father to a wonderful young boy. I love to get to know people and serve those in need. I love primitive wilderness survival and time outdoors. I play the guitar, piano, and tinker with the trumpet. I love making music, writing songs, and jamming. I enjoy creating through art. I like to carve, paint, sculpt, and illustrate. I'm always in the mood for a great conversation in philosophy and ethics. I have a deep passion for traveling and exploring.

Why I am a Mormon

My family went through a rough time when I was about 12years old which resulted in my parents getting divorced. My dad, who had up till that moment been my best example of living one's faith, decided to leave the church and I too quickly abandoned any attachment I had held/felt with the LDS Church. I spent the next couple years doing whatever I thought best and realized that I didn't like religion at all. Although I was convinced that religions were "fake" and I didn't want anything to do with them, I came to the realization that I was very deeply sad and that I felt like I was missing something in my life. So, I sought to fix things by making more friends. When that didn't work, I slowly allowed myself to find comfort in the kind, peaceful, and compassionate teachings of Buddhism. I loved the peace I started to gain in that faith and it continued to grow until I again felt that I was missing something essential. I spent Sundays in Catholic, Christian, and a few other services as well. After all the effort and a new found love for the beauty that is found in religions, I desired to know which church I should attend. I had felt that I shouldn't pick by my preferences, but by God's. So I read the Bible thoroughly until I came to the Book of Isaiah, which taught me to ask God. As I knelt down to pray, I realized I hadn't given the Mormon faith a fair trial and decided to "prove it." I read the Book of Mormon and as I fasted and prayed, I received the insight I needed. That insight made my decision to actively participate in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days Saints a clear choice. I had proven the promises found in the Book of Mormon and the Holy Bible true and although I had been raised in the church and baptized at the age of eight, I just then felt "born again of the spirit." What I had been missing the entire time was the Savior Jesus Christ; his love, his truth. I know that this Church is Christ's church, and that is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I visit people in the area on a weekly basis to catch up with them and help meet their needs as families and individuals. I take teenagers on nature walks where we talk about plants and matters of the heart. I am good friends with my neighbors and seek to make a great community.