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Hi I'm Jeff Dickson

I was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. I'm a college student. I'm a husband. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a brand new husband. My wife and I were married a year and a half ago after meeting seven months prior. We're expecting our first child now. We live in a little, old house that was built in 1927. It has a giant backyard that's fun to have but hard to take care of. The house is in good condition for how old it is, but we are doing little projects to fix it up and make it nice. Both of us go to college right now. I'm majoring in Information Systems because I love technology and I'm confident that it's a field that will be around for a good, long time. I'm also working full-time for a company that makes flash storage drives for servers. Full-time school, full-time work, and full-time husbanding make for a busy schedule, but I get by somehow.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a 4th generation member of the church. I have a family history that's rich with conversion stories and sacred experiences. But that's not why I'm a Mormon. I'm a Mormon because I know for myself that being an active member of the Church will make my life a lot better. I love the simple doctrines that are taught in the scriptures about salvation through Jesus Christ. I love the good people that I can surround myself with in the culture of the LDS church. They are GREAT PEOPLE! I love to feel the Spirit at church meetings and learn how to feel the Spirit on my own as well. I love knowing about God's plan for me and having a sense of direction in life. There are these and so many other reasons why I am a Mormon, and the longer I stay active in the church the more I like it.

How I live my faith

There are lots of ways I live my faith. I live it on my own by reading my scriptures and saying my prayers. I live it with my wife by doing the same with her. We talk about the Gospel a lot and it helps us strengthen our resolve to live the commandments and be good people, and I believe it strengthens our marriage, too. I try to share my faith with others around me at work and school too by being a good example and by letting everyone know that it's a part of my life. I've also been asked by the local leaders of the church to work with the young men, teaching them and doing activities with them a couple times a week. We play basketball and dodgeball, we work on merit badges and rank advancements for scouts, we go camping and hiking, and most importantly we teach and discuss the Gospel and the principles that will help them to turn out to be outstanding men. It's really rewarding to see progress in them and know that without help from me and the other leaders, they might not be in as good of a position in life.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Jeff Dickson
Nothing secret goes on in the temple. In fact, I'll tell you what happens. We perform baptisms there for people who have passed away (because everyone needs to be baptized with God's authority to return to live with Him again); we learn about the plan of salvation just as it is taught in the scriptures; we get married and sealed to our spouse for eternity; and we enjoy an extra measure of the Spirit and listen to the truths taught by Him. Going to the temple is a kind of model for what meeting God will be like when we die, and part of that is making sure we are worthy to be with God. That's why everyone isn't allowed. We have to be living worthily. We interview with our bishop to make sure our life is in line and then we can go. It takes preparation and work to get there. Show more Show less