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Hi I'm Jeff

I enjoy spending time with family. I am a registered nurse and currently going to school in Naples, FL to be a CRNA. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I am happily married to my beautiful wife and we are raising our 4 great kids together. I have worked in construction to put myself through nursing school and had the support of my great wife during that time. I spent 3years as an RN and now attending CRNA school to create a better life for my family. I enjoy spending time outdoors hunting, fishing, hiking and camping. I have too many hobbies as my wife would say. I have done a lot of mechanic work and even built my own chopper out of an old 80s yamaha xs650. However, my favorite hobby is archery hunting for big game. In particular I like going after elk and mule deer. Down here in Florida the elk and mule deer are nowhere to be found so I have picked up the hobby of shark fishing! I am super excited about it and I'm gathering the last few things needed to complete my gear. Above all these things I enjoy spending time with my wife and children. Here in FL we have a community pool that we make good use of in the heat of the summer. My Idaho kids are getting the hang of swimming rather quickly. It is fun to watch! We also like to go to the beach and children's museum together.

Why I am a Mormon

I started out as a Mormon in the conventional way of being raised by parents who are also Mormons. However, there comes a time in everyone's life when he/she needs to discover the truth for themselves. I guess I can say I have never had a problem in the LDS beliefs. They just always seemed to ring true to me. But it probably wasn't until I decided to serve a 2 year full time mission that I gained what we call a testimony of the truthfulness of this Gospel. The Book of Mormon was the first source of conversion for me followed by a particular hymn we commonly sing in sacrament meeting. In addition to these two things, prayer played a huge role in helping me gain a testimony. I have read the Book of Mormon a few times but there was one time that sticks out in my mind. It happened as I was studying the scriptures in the mission training center(MTC). I had decided to make an effort to understand better the experience Joseph Smith had with the first vision. As I read the account He gives in the JSH I had an overwhelming feeling that what I was reading was true! and it meant more to me then then at any other time i have read the exact same words in the past. The other experience I had with the Hymns was coincidentally also in the MTC one sacrament while singing a popular song titled "I know my Redeemer lives". I have sung this song a thousand times before, but this time was different. As I sung the words and focused on their meaning, I was overcome with a wonderful feeling from the spirit and bawled for the rest of the song. It was a little embarrassing. Both of these experiences I recognized as the Holy Ghost bearing witness to me that what I was reading and hearing were true. These experiences did not happen because I was on a mission but rather because I had a desire to know for myself if what I involved in was really true. IT IS! This along with other experiences have only solidified my testimony that we have a loving Heavenly Father who has a wonderful plan for us!

How I live my faith

The area we live in now has many others like us who are going to school with young families so we have been blessed to move into a very cohesive, friendly neighborhood. We are very excited about the ward we attend as they are very active. For instance, we just had a huge potluck ward party on the beach the other day and just about everyone came to enjoy the food, ocean, and warm weather. We love attending the church meetings on Sunday and associating with our friends and new faces there. Although not yet called to do service in this new area, we have both been very active in the past serving in women's and men's groups respectively. The church has done a great job preparing us for life as we are provided opportunities to teach old and young in large groups helping us refine our interpersonal and leadership skills. But first and foremost we have loved to be able to serve others spiritually in our duties within the church. Service rendered to others is the best way for us to please our Heavenly Father and in turn feel his love and blessings in our own lives.