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Hi I'm Hi I am Von Jolley

I am a retired professor of agronomy, a husband, father of four and a grandfather of 13 and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Growing up a a ranch in Idaho cultivated in me a love of sunrises and sunsets, an enjoyment of the cool morning breeze on my face and a love nature that developed in me a love of life sciences. The earth and its bounties strengthen my faith in a divine creator. I am blessed with one daughter, three sons and 13 grandchildren. After many years of coaching my children's soccer, baseball, and basketball teams and supporting them in varied school activities, I love tagging along with grand kids' activities including choir and band concerts, boy scout and girls' camps, soccer, basketball, softball and baseball. I am retired after 36 years of university soil and plant science teaching and research. I enjoy an event in which my grandchildren/children participate, camping trips, early morning yard work, reading historical novels, watching movies, playing basketball and any activity during Thanksgiving and Christmas. I enjoy interactions with people of all ages. I see the best in others and rejoice in their successes. I believe the world would all be a happier place if we each mowed some else's lawn (or shoveled others' snow). I love to serve other people and help them succeed.

Why I am a Mormon

I lived under the umbrella of the testimony of my parent when young but recognized at an early age the good feelings associated with serving others. At age 14, my best friend and I were assigned to visit the homes of families in our ward in rural Idaho and together we became great friends with those we visited each month. The good feelings from those experiences motivated us to serve missions at age 19. It was while serving a full time mission in the Argentina South mission that a fervent, strong and life changing testimony developed. That initial foundation has prompted an unshakeable love of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and for my fellow human beings. Those feelings shape my choice of spouse, educational pursuits and employment and knowing that with God's help anything was possible. The time spent as an undergraduate and graduate student, as a professor and scientist or as a spouse, father, grandfather and friend has been shaped by a desire to be of service to others. I am forever grateful to our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ for their influence in my life and the life of my family.

How I live my faith

I have recently completed 10 years of service with 18-30 year olds, first as ecclesiastic leader single adults and most recently four years working with elders and sisters in the Provo Missionary Training Center. The enthusiasm and energy of youth is contagious. My love for sports and youth allowed me to serve in our community in Orem, Utah as a coach pitch and little league baseball coach, a Utah Youth Soccer Association soccer coach, and Orem community basketball coach. I have also been involved in Boy Scouts of America as merit badge counselor, chairman of Scout, Varsity, Venturer and Explorer committees, as a Varsity coach, an assistant explorer leader and assistant scout master. I love seeing the glint in the eye of those who discover they can develop and improve on their God-given talents and I rejoice in their successes. I will soon enter the Provo Missionary Training Center and will serve a full time mission with my wife in the Utica New York Mission. We will be blessed to continue working with the institute program in Ithaca, New York and surrounding communities. I love the opportunity to interact and teach youth of all ages.