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Hi I'm Jeff

I grew up in Cincinnati. I am a Facility Manager. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am married and am the father of three children, two girls and a boy. I love the joy and excitement that they bring into my life. It is so fun watching them learn, grow, and develop. I am currently in training for a job internationally as a Facility Manager. I have a degree in Facility Management and enjoy the variety the profession brings to my life. I like anything to do with sports and follow or play them if I have spare time. I am particularly fond of basketball and ultimate frisbee. I love learning new languages and learning about people of other cultures. The connection that comes from sharing a language with someone that is not my primary language is fun.

Why I am a Mormon

While it is true that I was raised in the church that is not the reason that I am a Mormon. In fact, there was a time in my life where I decided that I was no longer going to participate in the Mormon church or abide by its teachings. I feel that God blessed me with an opportunity to change the course of my life and I accepted that opportunity. I woke up one morning and came to the deep realization that the life that I was planning on living could not bring me happiness and that there must be something more to life. I realized that I needed to change the course of my life. After that realization I began to read the Book of Mormon and apply the principles of personal change and service that it teaches. I learned that through the Atonement I could be forgiven for the things that I had done wrong and the bad decisions that I had made. The book helped me to understand who I was, what my purpose in life was, and how much God and Jesus Christ loved me and wanted me to be happy. Through a continued study of the Book of Mormon my life changed. My character changed. My perspective changed. My happiness changed. The way I viewed myself and others changed. My life had purpose and my actions were fulfilling. Because of this experience I know that the Book of Mormon contains true principles. That those principles are from God. Because the book was presented to Joseph Smith and translated by him I believe that he was a prophet of God and that he established Christ's church on the earth. I know that this church is an opportunity to practice the principles of the Gospel that bring happiness and purpose in life. It is a venue to love our neighbors, develop friendships, and make promises and covenants with God that reflect out inner conversion.

How I live my faith

I live my faith through the actions and decisions that I make everyday. The Mormon faith is not, or should not be, characterized as a set of outward ordinances or a checklist of tasks. The goal of our faith is to change our characters and to create an inner conversion that is deeper than merely an outward action. It is meant to help us become something as opposed to helping us do something. I am blessed with the opportunity to manifest my inner faith through serving as a ward missionary in my local congregation. This involves helping those inside and outside the church improve their lives in general and more specifically their relationship with Christ personally. I also have the opportunity to live my faith daily by treating my co-workers, neighbors, and family members with kindness and understanding. Finding ways serve them or to ease their burdens is the essence of our faith. Being friends with all I meet helps me become what the gospel of Jesus Christ wants us to become.