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Hi I'm Jeff

I'm from Colorado. I'm a scientist, a student, and a fan of cats. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm currently a student studying Neuroscience. The brain has always fascinated me, and I intend to be a brain surgeon after all my schooling is done. I think my main passion in life (after brains) is music. I've sung in choirs all my life, both in church and school, and I find great joy in singing. I love to play the piano and oboe. I arrange music here and there. Recently I managed to actually write a Christmas song for four-part choir, something I'd never managed up until that point. I have a huge passion for books, both fiction and non-fiction. They enchant me and take my mind to new possibilities for humanity. I think my love for books spawned my love for knowledge, and ultimately helped me decide to be a brain surgeon. Lastly, I love cats. Our family cared for stray cats for the local humane society for years, and I seem to have an uncanny ability with them. I've always been better with cats than I have with people. But, as with cats, I manage to survive around them.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the church. I went to meetings, I participated in youth groups, and I did all that I was expected to do. However, that wasn't why I chose to be a member of the Church. At any time, I knew that I could leave and never come back, were that my desire. However, it never was my desire; I always knew that the Church was true. I had many experiences that helped solidify my testimony, but as long as I remember, I knew that the Church of Jesus Christ had been restored on the earth today. I remember many times having prayed to get an answer as a teen, and every time I didn't get a vision or any sort of gigantic confirmation. I always felt a calm peace, a reassurance, and a love from my Heavenly Father. I came to realize that this is the way my Heavenly Father communicates with me. Once at the beginning of my mission, I remember thinking, "well, I have to know this it true. I can't teach somebody about something I'm not sure of." I knelt down to pray, and I asked God if what I was doing was the correct, and if I was going to teach the truth. He sent me those same feelings, and I also had the thought, "You know it's true. You can't deny it." And I couldn't. Then and there I knew that my testimony was real, nothing I had created or constructed. I went on to have many great experiences as a missionary, and to this day I've treasured my testimony as a part of my life that drives me to be better and help others to understand the joy that I feel when I ponder about Jesus Christ and his sacrifice that made our salvation possible. Perhaps the dearest of doctrines that I know to be true is the doctrine of eternal families. I know that God didn't plan for our families to be temporary, and that they can last for eternity. I love my family and am grateful to be tied to them through God's power.

How I live my faith

Well, I always understood that there's honor in service, no matter what the influence for it is. I learned this from my parents, who always gave of themselves very willingly. I've always tried to emulate them and serve people in the best way possible. I've played piano in church for many years, and I've worked with the finances of my local church in the past. Currently I'm the choir director and a secretary, so I do a lot of organizing and helping out with calendars and information for some of the leadership. I also lead a choir practice (non-auditioned, completely voluntary) every Sunday, and I love doing that. Every couple of months we have the opportunity to perform, and I always feel the Spirit teaching through the music we try to put together. It's a great opportunity to share some of my talents and help others grow in theirs. I also served a two-year religious mission in São Paulo, Brazil. During that time, I learned more and more about how to serve in my church. I learned the value of ministering, or helping one individual at a time. I gave service, preached the Gospel, and helped people understand more about the purpose of their life and how they fit into God's plan. I helped people understand about covenants, and about how we make promises to our Heavenly Father that are important to our spiritual growth. I served in the poorer parts of São Paulo, and I saw much misery and despair there. I learned, however, that a correct understanding of Jesus Christ's sacrifice and His plan help us to leave that despair, and can even enable us to help others. I think my favorite idea of what the Gospel is about comes from the third verse of a hymn, Battle Hymn of the Republic. It says, "As He died to make men holy, let us live to make men free." Ever since my mission, I've devoted my life to helping others be free; free from sin, from misery, from despair, and from all the problems of this world.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

I really do believe it. I know that God loves us, and that His power is infinite. I know that He would not leave us to wander in confusion. I know that God has called prophets and apostles in this day and age, and I know that they speak with God just like the prophets of old. Show more Show less