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Hi I'm Jerald Simon

I am a husband and I adore my beautiful wife! I am a father, a professional musician, and a composer. And I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I am the best version of myself when I am with my beautiful wife. She not only completes me, but she is my better half, and in fact, the best thing about me. She is wonderful and I am so grateful for her goodness and wonderful example. I want to be the very best I can be - because I know that I am a son of God and that with God, all things are possible. My wife and I have two sweet little children. Currently, as of 2014, we have a little girl who is almost 8 and a half, and a little boy who is almost 2 and a half. Our little girl is all girl - a princess and a little lady. Our little boy is all boy - a regular rough and tumble "wrestle with daddy" and enjoy life to the fullest little guy. My wife and I have been married for 11 and a half years - the best 11 and a half years of my life. As a family, we love hiking, traveling when possible, and doing what we refer to as "Fun Friday" activities and "Super Saturday" adventures. We love being what we refer to as "Tourists in our Town", and like to discover new restaurants and fun places to go as a family. We enjoy being with our little family. I love music and pretend to play a few instruments, and would love to have multiples of every instrument ever made in my home. The piano is my favorite instrument, closely followed by the guitars, bass, and accordion and recorder (the accordion and recorder may not be the hippest instruments around - but I love playing them all the same). I love poetry, reading, exercising, and gardening.

Why I am a Mormon

My father is a convert to the church. He grew up Catholic and investigated the LDS church in his twenties. In being baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS), he forsook everything and sacrificed so much for the gospel and the good news it brought into his life. He knew the church was true. He had prayed about it and had received his answer. He is a wonderful example to me. My mother grew up in a home where there was no prevailing religion being practiced and she would attend the LDS church by herself as a little girl. Both of my parents served missions and their faithful examples are humbling. I was born a member of the church - "born into the covenant" as we say, because my parents were married and sealed for time and all eternity in the temple. I have always believed in the teachings I was taught. Everyone must discover their own path and learn and gain their own testimony of the church, but I have always felt and known the church is true. I have had many personal and sacred spiritual experiences that have strengthened my own testimony. When I was 8 years old, a week to the day after I was baptized, I fell off a 50 foot cliff and cracked my head open. My head was completely split open and I needed 26 staples to put it back together. I still have the scars. In truth, I probably should have died from the fall. I had seizures and other problems on and off during my second grade year (the year I fell off the cliff). I have scars on my body from the barbed wire that was on the cliff and at the base of the cliff. My father gave me a priesthood blessing and I know I am alive because of the priesthood blessing I received. I actually don't remember anything before I was 8 as a result of the fall. I love the power of the priesthood and how it can heal us and strengthen us spiritually. As I attend the temple, I receive personal instruction from my Father in Heaven about my life. As I study the scriptures and pray, I receive answers!

How I live my faith

I believe we all must live by faith and help our neighbors in any way possible. I believe it is about being our best and helping others to be their best. I personally believe we are all brothers and sisters - children of a loving Heavenly Father who has given each of us talents and abilities to bless the lives of others around us. I believe the knowledge we learn, the talents we develop, and the life we live is a gift from a loving Heavenly Father who wants us to share our faith and our love with others. Our gift to him is how we live our life and how we can help inspire and meet the needs of those around us. There are so many who need us in their hour of need. We in turn all have our own hours of need, and at those times we can be surrounded by the love and faith of our friends and neighbors who share their faith and love with us. I try to live my faith by how I live my life. I personally feel my own purpose and mission in life is to motivate myself and others through my music and writing, to help others find their purpose and mission in life, and to teach values that encourage everyone everywhere to do and be their best. I believe I can do that by praying for strength each day to be true and honest in everything I do. In the church we all are given "callings" to help us learn and grow and to help us help others around us. I have been in a bishopric in the past working with all of the members of the ward in our neighborhood, and have also worked with choirs as an accompanist, playing the piano in the primary with the little children, and also working as a young men's leader with the young men. My favorite, if we are supposed to have favorites, is working with the youth. They are wonderful and amazing individuals. Their strength and testimonies strengthen me and I look up to them with the challenges they face. Currently, I am working with the more mature men in a group called the High Priest. They may not be as active as the youth, but they are just as wonderful!