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Hi I'm Jeff

I grew up in Las Vegas. I study civil engineering at Brigham Young University. I'm a college football enthusiast. I'm a mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Las Vegas which included working on the Las Vegas Strip at a souvenir shop for a summer. I study civil engineering in college with hopes to one day design skyscrapers. I enjoy playing football and ultimate frisbee and being in the outdoors. I am also a college football enthusiast. If I had a second religion, that would be it. I have also completed a 2 year mission for the LDS Church in Scotland and Ireland.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up Mormon, but I remember when I was 13 and I started to question the validity of the LDS Church, its leaders and doctrines. I knew that they were inherently good, but I wanted have personal connection with the church's doctrines. More importantly though, I wanted to know whether there was a God. I had been to taught to pray, but usually went through the motions to sometimes check a box. As I thought about these things more and more I decided that I should kneel down beside my bed and pray. After a couple of nights of doing so, I experienced a powerful feeling that testified to me that God was there and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was His church. From then I have grown to understand and love the teachings of the LDS Church. My feelings for the LDS Church have not been unchallenged and there have been a number of times that I have questioned my beliefs. Nonetheless I know of the things that I have experienced and the powerful feelings that I have been given.

How I live my faith

My faith encompasses all that I do. My hope is that everyday that people can see the teachings of the LDS church through my actions. I strive to treat others with kindness and respect. I pray often and the read the scriptures. I try to understand the doctrines on a personal level and I also strive to understand other people's perspectives whether they are mormon or not. I also attend church services every Sunday

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Jeff
The missionaries will talk to you about the basic teachings of the Church. These include God's great plan of happiness for us, how he has shown His love for us throughout history by choosing inspired men called prophets to instruct us, and how we can live the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They will also ask you to read passages of scripture and invite you to attend church services. The most important thing that you can do is ask questions. Be open with them, they will love to answer whatever you choose to ask. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Jeff
We can witness many different cycles going on around us. The water cycle brings water from large bodies of water through evaporation and clouds to inland areas where the rain or other precipitation waters the ground. The runoff soon collects back in these bodies of water and the cycle repeats. We can look at families the same way that we were born into a family. That family raises us so that by the time we are that we can live on our own and soon have a family of our own. Not only do we each have families here on earth, but we have a heavenly family as well. Our Heavenly Father's grand goal for each of us is to prepare us to be like Him. He has sent us to this earth to give us experience, learn, grow, and progress to one day be just as He is. This is the beauty of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. When we remember that keeping the commandments and living the gospel teachings enable us to achieve that goal, they no longer become a burden and we can fulfill our Heavenly Father's expectations and be happy. Show more Show less