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Hi I'm Jeremy R. Jaggi

I'm a father of four, a husband to one, a bishop to many, a boss and employee...and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up close to downtown Salt Lake City, Utah in the 9th and 9th area in the 1970's and 1980's. I attended Emerson Elementary and learned to appreciate diversity, cultural differences and special needs in my community. I was shaped by my interactions with neighbors and friends of various faiths and backgrounds. My neighborhood was composed of 1st and 2nd generation immigrants from various parts of the world including Tonga, Tahiti, Africa, Mexico and Europe. We had several friends with special needs. I learned as a young child that all the people on this earth are brothers and sisters and children of a loving God. God is no "respecter of persons." He loves us all equally and I'm sure he hopes we treat each other as equals. My grandparents on my mothers side moved from the Netherlands after World War II. My fathers family came from Switzerland in the mid 1800's and settled along with many other Swiss in Cache Valley and Brigham City. They, like so many others in those valleys were farmers and ranchers. They learned that much was accomplished "by the sweat of their brow." The principle and ethic of work has been a staple in my family for many generations. Jaggis are workers. My wife (Amy) and I teach this principle to our children. (sometimes much to their chagrin). I have been married for 20 years. I love my wife and my four children. They challenge me, support me, love me and teach me...and isn't that what life is about? Teaching, learning, growing...

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 11 years old I watched my Father, who was dressed in his grubby mailman attire return quickly from his delivery route, lay his hands on my sisters head which was swollen and bruised from a 3 story fall onto the cement and heal her. Literally heal her on the spot. He commanded in the name of Jesus Christ that she be made whole. I was amazed at his faith, the priesthood that he used and to see physical healing in an instant. All because of Jesus Christ and His priesthood that had been granted to a faithful man. That was the 1st miracle I recall witnessing in my life. It is possible that as a result of that singular experience that I now look intently for God's hand in all of our lives...and I see Him. I'm grateful for that as I now see God in nature, in buildings, in the community but most importantly in people. Every person has a bit of God in them...and with that bit of God comes the capacity for greatness. When I served a mission for the Mormon church in the Cleveland Ohio area I remember walking on a street in a nice neighborhood and seeing a disheveled man with long hair, long beard, scraggly clothes etc. approaching us. I had served as a missionary for 18 months at that time. As he approached I saw him (in my minds eye) clean-cut, dressed in white, smiling with missing and stained teeth. I saw his capacity to work, to produce in society and to be happy. Instead of passing the man, we paused in front of him. We talked with him. We couldn't understand everything he said through his slurred speech. We asked him how we could help and he said that he lived just down the street. We brought him to his home and his mother thanked us. We asked if we could return that next week. We returned and taught the man about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. When we read the Bible and Book of Mormon with him, he changed. He learned about his capacity. He learned he was a Son of God. He became more with God than he could've on his own. That's why I'm a Mormon!

How I live my faith

I currently serve as a lay minister or Bishop (volunteer leader) of a congregation in Newbury Park, California. I was asked to serve in this capacity in October of 2009. Typically Bishops serve their communities for 5-7 years. During that time I worked full time as a sales and marketing leader at Amgen Incorporated, a biotechnology company. I find it difficult to balance my life as a husband, father, coach, mentor, spiritual leader, boss and employee. I have found I can only do it with assistance from God our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. They are the ones who really know what is going on in my mind and heart. Jesus is the only one who truly experienced all that I experience in life. I have a constant "prayer in my heart." I pray that I can be a better husband, to serve my wife and love her in a way she wants to be loved. I pray that I can understand my two teenage daughters. :) That I can provide guidance but just as important, a listening ear and empathy, as they navigate their interesting years. I pray my little ones who are 10 and 8 feel like they have quality time with Dad. I pray for the dozens of families for whom I have some responsibility in Newbury Park. I pray they strengthen their marriages, that they treat each other with respect and kindness. I pray they will be great neighbors who are unconditionally loving. I pray that they will share the sweetness and joy the gospel of Jesus Christ has brought them with their friends and families. I pray that others may find and receive a witness for themselves that there is a God in Heaven, that he sent his son Jesus Christ to this earth to sacrifice for all of us. That they called a young man who was curious about religion and which church to join to start The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in 1830 with 6 members. I pray that all may be able to find out and know for themselves that the Book of Mormon was translated by Joseph Smith and it is another testament of Jesus Christ.