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Hi I'm Jeff

My family moved around when I was a kid. Since 1990, my wife, kids and I have lived in beautiful, green Oregon. We are Mormons.

About Me

I am a lawyer. Not the kind that drags you into court. I am a business lawyer: I make sure transactions happen smoothly so that people are happy with the deals they make. My goal is to help people understand the law without talking down to them. I love documentaries and movies. I used to love books, but I read so much studying and practicing law that I don't read as much for pleasure as I used to. I like to hang out with my family. Watching my kids is like reliving my own childhood. I am proud of them and the choices they make. My wife and kids are thoughtful and intelligent. I'm also a do-it-yourselfer. I try to fix what's broke, even when I can see that I am biting off more than I can chew. I enjoy working on my yard - it's easy to make it a beautiful place when you live in Oregon.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I have been a member of this church since I was baptized at age 8, I wasn't really converted to the Gospel of Jesus Christ until I was 15. That summer, our congregation invited us to participate in a four-day reenactment of a pioneer trek, pulling handcarts across wilderness. On the last day of our trek, each of the participants walked into the woods for a few hours of solitude, taking only our scriptures and journals. After walking for a long time, I sat down and began reading, writing and praying. I decided to pray differently, to avoid repeating anything I had ever said in a prayer. My prayer was more earnest, powerful and pleading than ever before. It was more personal, emotional and peaceful. I felt Heavenly Father's love as he confirmed the truthfulness of this Gospel and the value of this church. I felt gratitude for the Savior and his sacrifice. Since then, it has not always been easy to be a member of this church. Sometimes it feels like the world is pushing against anything that is good, urging us to accept the continual devolution of standards. But being a church member has always been the right thing for me. The Gospel makes me a better father, husband, coach, employee, citizen, friend, teacher, mentor, voter ... you name it. So come and give this church a try. At first it might seem old fashioned or out of date. But be patient, and invite our missionaries into your home. The truths they teach will start to sound familiar to you, like something you knew long ago. Eventually they will come together like the pieces of a puzzle. Read the Book of Mormon and take its promise to heart. There will be those who try to talk you out of it. But remember that anything worthwhile is worth sacrifice. It takes faith, but eventually your questions will be answered and you will feel the calm assurance of your Heavenly Father's love.

How I live my faith

In my church congregation I oversee the youth program for 12-18 year old boys, with particular emphasis on the 16 to 18 year-olds. We are a group of friends, whether we are helping someone with their yard, playing basketball, working on a Scouting activity, learning about a career or just eating donuts. These young men are remarkable when they pour their energy into a challenge. It's inspiring and a privilege to help them become leaders and teachers. I try to make our community better by joining with others in service, beautification and preparedness projects. When our city bought a nearby park without a budget for improvements, I joined with other neighbors to make trails through the park. I'm also helping my son with his Eagle Project in the park. I believe that we should bring our values into everyday life. One way I can do that is to be Christlike to those I work with, and find win-win solutions to problems. There is a place for spirituality in the business world.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

A mission is a wonderful experience: I went on a mission to South Africa and Zimbabwe, and it is a foundational experience in my life. But it isn't mandatory: one of my sons went on a mission but another did not. I love and am proud of them both. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon was written by ancient prophets and translated by Joseph Smith. Some have claimed that Joseph Smith came up with it himself. You can easily prove this to be false: read a few pages, and then ask yourself if a simple farm boy with little education could have written this by himself. Read the footnotes to discover how the book dovetails with other scripture. Read about the migrations, the military campaigns, the financial systems, the animals, the heroes and the villains. Then pray about it and you will know that it came from God. Show more Show less