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Hi I'm Jay

I grew up New Plymouth, Idaho and have call Portland, Oregon home for the past 56 years and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in New Plymouth, Idaho. When I was seventeen I joined the Air Force. I have lived in Idaho, Los Angeles, and Portland, Oregon. I owned an automotive repair shop for 36 years and have been the head mechanic. I am retired now. I am married and have 4 daughters, 18 grandchildren, and 9 great children. I have enjoyed Scouting for many years and am the recipient of the Silver Beaver award. I was Wood Badge course director and served on the Wood Badge staff many times.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church, and I followed the example of my parents and extended family, but I didn't have a full testimony until I was about 17 1/2. When I went into the Air Force and saw the way many of the men drank and caroused around, I decided that wasn't for me and went back to my religious roots. During the time I was in the Air Force, I did a lot of study and gained a testimony of the Book of Mormon and the principles of the church. I am thankful for the testimony that I have, and I know that God lives and has blessed me throughout my life. I owe every good thing I have received to my upbringing and to my life in the church. I have always wanted to go on a mission, to spread the gospel, but for various reasons I have been unable to until now. I believe that when we die, if we have been sealed in the LDS Temple, families live forever. I am grateful to have been married for eternity, where I will have my wife and children and their posterity connected to me as one large family.

How I live my faith

I have worked with the youth all of my life. I have been the president of the boys youth program, explorer and varsity scout leader as well as scout master on several occassions. I have had leadership positions such as ward executive secretary where I assisted the bishop of the ward. Aslo, I have been first and second counsellor to the bishop. I have been a home teacher all of my life and worked with less active members of my faith. I have taught sunday school, been a leader and mentor for the boys in the youth program (12-18 years). Some of the most rewarding experiences involved Boy Scout camping trips including summer camps, several 50 mile hikes, including hiking Mt. Rainier, and canoe trips. At age 67, my wife and I served a mission in our local Bishop's storehouse where the less fortunate people in the community could come and get food at no cost to them. We served as assistant managers of the facility and delivered food to drop off points where people from other communities would come get the food to take back to their area. We selected food, prepacked in cans, and made up orders for individual families, according to what the individually needed. As a couple, with my wife of 54 years, we decided to serve a full time mission for the church. We weren't sure where we would be asked to serve, but we were willing to go anywhere. We received our call to the Houston, Texas storehouse as welfare specialists. I felt it was the right place to go at the right time. Having served in the Portland Bishop's storehouse, we felt like that was good preparation for this mission as we will be serving in the peanut butter factory there.