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Hi I'm Jeremy

I grew up in Preston, Idaho. I am now a proud daddy to five girls. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the small town of Preston, Idaho, in the United States of America. We were poor so I started working early to help pay for school clothes and anything extra I may have wanted. I mowed lawns, moved pipe, stuffed newspapers, and eventually got a job at the local grocery store stocking shelves and bagging groceries. After high school, I served two years as a missionary in Chicago, and loved almost every second of it. Upon returning, I began working in residential construction, then in a variety of production jobs. I married a single mother with a child with congenital disabilities. She spent a lot of her early life in the hospital, where we met many nurses and doctors. Those experiences helped me to make a decision to attend college and become a registered nurse. Several years into my nursing career I sustained a back injury, becoming the patient for multiple surgeries, extensive rehabilitation, and permanent physical limitations; which ended my career in the physical aspect of nursing. I returned to college and completed a Masters in Business Administration degree and began working in nursing leadership. My family and my faith have helped me through the many challenges and changes I have experienced; I am so thankful to God for them both.

Why I am a Mormon

I used to be a Mormon because I was born into a Mormon home and my parents taught me that way of life and belief system. I am now a Mormon because I love what it stands for; it is my anchor in these times of shifting values and morals. I am a Mormon because of the answers I find here to life's most simple as well as its most perplexing questions. I am a Mormon because of the feelings of the Spirit that come when I contemplate that God, our Heavenly Father lives, that He knows me, and loves me. I am a Mormon because that same Spirit has also testified to me that Jesus is the Christ, the Savior and Redeemer of the world. There is great comfort and peace in knowing that He calls and sends prophets in our day, just as they were called in olden times. His guidance through them keep us on the clearly marked path that will bring us back to Him. They also provide encouragement and motivation to do His will. I have lived long enough to learn that all of us make mistakes and need the cleansing power of the Atonement to be brought back into the presence of our Eternal Father. I have experienced pain deep enough to be brought to my knees pleading for relief. In those darkest moments I have felt the closest to my Savior. I know He knew how I felt. I know He comforted me. I am so grateful for eternal families. I love my wife and my daughters. How could this mortal experience be all that there is? To live and to die? Not so. We are eternal beings, here to gain experience, to be tried and tested, to grow and progress. I am a Mormon, because it feels like being home.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to be a positive influence in the lives of my family and friends. I try to be an optimistic example of the believers to those I work with and interact with. I currently serve in the local ward of the LDS Church working with the missionaries. I am still trying to learn my responsibilities and find that I very often fall short of all that is asked of me. However, I find comfort in and truly believe that if the Lord was able to feed the 5,000 with five loaves and two fishes, He can also magnify my valiant efforts, as meager as they seem, into sufficient for His great purposes. This encourages me to keep trying and to get back up every time I fall. I also find great joy and satisfaction in serving and spending time with families and individuals I have been asked to befriend and fellowship. I have come to love them; they have become my friends.

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Jeremy
We believe the Bible to be the word of God, as far as it is translated correctly (today there are many translations, most of which are the work of men). Currently I am rereading the Old Testament in the King James Version of the Holy Bible ... okay, I am very busy and find it hard to make time to sit and read; however, I listen to the audio version while I work on projects around the house and while I exercise. This has been absolutely fascinating! I love the historical events found therein. The life and teachings of the great prophets of old and the dealings of God with His children correlate almost too well with our day; truly a warning voice. There are many critics who attempt to discredit the Old Testament, as well as the New Testament. The Book of Mormon joins the Holy Bible as another testament that Jesus is the Christ. The Book of Mormon is a record of God's dealings with His children in the ancient Americas while the Holy Bible is a record of His dealings with His children in and around the Holy Land. These two sacred books of scripture do not contradict each other; they strengthen each other. They help to prove that our Heavenly Father loves and concerns for all of His children. Show more Show less