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Hi I'm Jeff

I am from a little Central California Gold Rush town. I served in the United States Air Force for 20 years. I am a Mormon!

About Me

I was raised in a little Central California Gold Rush town in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, not far from Yosemite National Park. Highway 49, named after the 49ers, runs right through the center of town. I love the outdoors and grew up hiking, camping and fishing all around that beautiful area. I was one of five boys born to good, loving parents. I was raised Episcopalian and my mom was president of the women’s service organization for 16 years. Our parents told us it was ok if we decided to go to another church as long as they taught Christian values and helped us lead honorable lives. Principles they taught and expected of us still guide my life. Shortly after graduating from high school I was introduced to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) by a kindly family and was soon baptized a member of the Church. It changed the course of my life forever. My wife and I have 12 children and 24 grandchildren. It was a busy and joyful life with sports, school, social events and church activities, family vacations and so forth. Family is everything, and knitted together with our Mormon beliefs, we know we can be together as a family forever. Now they are grown, most with families of their own, and the joy is multiplied! I served in the United States Air Force for 20 years, then served 19 years as purchasing manager for a humanitarian organization. It was a wonderful, fulfilling career assisting in the care of poor and needy people around the world.

Why I am a Mormon

I know that I belong to the true Church of Jesus Christ. The principles and teachings of the Church are true and as I strive to apply them to my everyday life, I feel joy and peace. When I became a Mormon, I found answers to questions I could not find elsewhere; “Who am I? Where did I come from? Why am I here on earth? What happens when I die?” I understand these things now, and what joy and peace these answers bring! When I read The Book of Mormon, I feel the power of God in it, I know that book is true, that it is the Word of God. It bears powerful witness of the divinity of Jesus Christ, as does the Bible. If you will read the Book of Mormon and sincerely pray to God about it, you can know for yourself that it is true. I know that it is true! I thank my Heavenly Father for this knowledge and for many tender mercies He has extended to me throughout my life.. I am thankful for His Son, Jesus Christ, who lived a perfect, sinless life, then willingly suffered, bled and died as He took upon Himself all the sins of mankind, for my sins. Because of His sacrifice, I can ask my Father in Heaven to forgive me, and in His great mercy, He will forgive me. I can never repay such a debt, but I can strive with all the energy of my soul to become the man They want me to be. This is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

In my work careers, I loved the opportunity to be in service organizations that defended and lifted others, this was how I made my living. In the Church and all around us, there are many opportunities for service every day which is freely given. The warmth I feel inside while helping others is sometimes overwhelming and is reward enough. I have served as a Sunday school teacher of adults, teenagers and young children. I visit several families regularly to check on their welfare and see if they need help with anything and leave them with an uplifting message. I help families moving in or out of the neighborhood or the elderly with yard work and snow removal and also assist in the production of packaged foods for distribution to the needy. I try to be kind, caring and forgiving to everyone I come in contact with because I am striving to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. Just to be clear, I make a lot of mistakes along the way, but I am trying to be the very best man I can be. I know many others in the Church who are faithfully trying to follow Christ through loving service and living right.