Hi I'm Jeff
I was born in Australia, and have lived in the United States, Chile, and now England. I'm a Mormon.
I've been married for 19 years and have 4 gorgeous children including one with special needs and twins. I love spending time with my family more than anything else. I was born in Australia, but my family moved to the USA when I was 12. Between 1988 and 1990 I was a missionary for the Church in Chile, and then a year later I moved to England, where I have stayed since. Every country I've lived in has a different special place in my heart, but I hope my days of globe-trotting are over and I can stay settled with my family in England. I first trained in Biomedical Science, but I've worked in Health management for many years now. We have lots of music in our home, and I play (badly) the cello, having learned the euphonium while I was young; but in our home we also have a trumpet, 2 harps, a piano, a flute, a piccolo, a clarinet, a piano, and 2 more cellos. We also have countless books, and I love reading, usually with about 3 books on the go at any one time. And I'm something of a technophile, with plenty of gadgets, which our 2 cats do their best to walk over, knock over, or get their fur into.
My parents were Mormons when I was born, but it would be a mistake to think that is why I remain a Mormon today. My own experiences with life's ups and downs, challenges and joys, has given me opportunities to consider my faith, and to decide for myself whether religion should play a part, and if so, how. For me, the gospel as taught in the Mormon Church, and especially through the Book of Mormon, is better than any other way of life or philisophy of life. It is intellectually stimulating, and spiritually fulfilling for me. My religious life isn't different from my work or social life, but through the gospel every part of my life fits together and is made whole. With my whole heart and mind I believe that Jesus Christ really lived and died for each and every member of the human family, and that he was resurrected as the Bible teaches, and lives today. It is through Christ that every aspect of our lives can be made whole and complete. That is the essence of the gospel as taught in the Church and is why I remain a committed Mormon.
Being something of an introvert I'd probably be a bit of a hermit if I didn't get involved with the Church. There are a few families I try to visit most months to see how they're doing and whether there is anything I or the Church can do for them. It's really satisfying when I'm able to help people with something, maybe when they're going through a hard time. At the moment I also teach some Sunday lessons a couple of times a month about the scriptures. I enjoy teaching, but what I like most is when I get to work with some of the youth and younger adults.