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Hi I'm Jeff

I grew up in California. I was introduced to the Church by my high school sweetheart. I'm a Mormon

About Me

My high school sweetheart introduced me to the Church. More than 40 years later, we are going strong with 5 children and 15 grandchildren (#16 is due in June 2018). I am a mechanical engineer and love woodworking, especially, pen making. I have a great interest in beekeeping, and hope to have a couple of hives going in a few years.

Why I am a Mormon

As a child, I can remember having a deep fear of death. Around the age of 5, I became keenly aware of my own mortality. With no religious background at the time, I was taught that the end of life was the end of everything. I did not want this to be true, but had no other structure on which to rely. By the time I turned 12, I began to lose sleep over the concept of death being the end and can remember laying awake at night thinking that when I shut my eyes, whatever I was seeing at the time, would be the last thing I would ever see. When I was 16, I was introduced to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I did not immediately embrace the Gospel and rejected it out of hand to begin with. But, in time, I commenced an earnest study of the teachings and found that it answered all of my questions and concerns: Who am I? Where did I come from? What happens to me when I die? I received an answer that death was not the end, but merely a change, and that gave me such great peace. Since that day, I have not lost a moment of sleep nor had any anxiety over what happens to me when I die. Death has no sting and the grave has no victory. We are sons and daughters of Heavenly Parents who know us, love us, and want us to return safely to them. That is knowledge that no earthly possession can purchase.

How I live my faith

My religion is not what I do, it is who I am. I live my faith by trying to follow in the footsteps of our Savior, Jesus Christ. I have worked with youth in programs such as Boy Scouts of America and have served as Scoutmaster. Most recently, I served as Bishop, which is similar to Pastor in other religions, but ours is a Lay Clergy, which means we are not professional or paid ministers. For me, that is an amazing thing, given that most have no formal religious training. We therefore have to rely on the guidance and training of a higher authority - through the promptings of the Holy Ghost and relying on the revelation given from the Lord to his servants the Prophets and Apostles.