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Hi I'm Jeff

I'm a husband, father of 7 children, and a grandfather. I'm a designer of computer and communications equipment, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a happily married husband, father of seven children, and grandfather to 16. My family is the most important part of my life. Spending time with them and my siblings and other family members brings me great joy. I grew up in southern California, learned German in high school, and served for two years as a Mormon missionary in southern Germany. I still do some reading every day in German and love finding people with whom I can converse. Professionally, I'm an electrical engineer and have designed computer systems, routers, and communications equipment over the course of my career. I have been fascinated and excited to be part of the evolution of technology from the first microprocessors to the amazing things that we have available to us today. We are truly blessed to have such a wealth of information available to us literally at our fingertips. I've spent a lot of time repairing automobiles over the years. I learned this from my father as I helped him restore a 1957 Ford Thunderbird, overhaul several engines, and do other repair work on our cars. I enjoy listening to great music, reading great literature, and learning history, both ancient and modern, to understand the events that shape peoples lives. I also love learning more about the universe and the wonderful things that we are discovering about the formation of stars and solar systems. God's creations are a wonder.

Why I am a Mormon

I have had no single experience that I can point to which has defined my faith and testimony of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as His Church. Rather it has been the journey of an entire lifetime. I have come to know this from my study of the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, and from my study of the Book of Mormon and other scriptures, and from my study of the words of living apostles in our day. But more importantly, as I have sought to apply these truths in my own life, I have found joy and happiness. They have helped me to find joy in service, provided great hope and comfort in times of trial, and brought solace in times of grief and sorrow. I have also seen these same effects in the lives of my family and in others' lives as well. I have come to know God's love for me and for all of us as His children. I have come to know the infinite extent of the Atonement of Jesus Christ as I have experienced its power in my own life and have seen it work in the lives of others in helping us overcome our sins and imperfections. I have come to know how intimately He is involved in the details of our lives, especially when we seek for His help. I know God lives and loves us as much today as He did those who lived in biblical times, when He spoke through the ancient prophets and apostles. As I see a world full of uncertainty and doubt, I am grateful to have living apostles and prophets in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to declare the word of God with clarity and certainty, unaffected by the confusion around us.

How I live my faith

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a lay ministry, and I have had the privilege to serve in a variety of ways in the Church, while still working full-time as an engineer to support my family. I have served in leadership positions, including service for four years as the bishop (pastor) of a congregation of several hundred people. I have worked as a youth leader for young men, including positions in the Boy Scouts of America. I most enjoy the opportunity to serve as a teacher of the principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Church has a program where we are asked to visit a few families in our congregation each month, finding out how they're doing, helping them with challenges they are facing, sharing their joys and their sorrows. This allows each of us to participate in ministering to the needs of the family and individuals in our area, rather than placing this responsibility on a few. I have had the privilege of seeing lives change as a result of consistently serving families in this way. The Gospel of Jesus Christ, as taught in the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and other scriptures, provides such wonderful insights into how we can bless and help all of those around us. I am grateful for blessings that come from treating others with kindness and respect, and serving them with love, expecting nothing in return--only finding joy in the opportunity to serve.