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Hi I'm Jeff

I'm a husband and father of five, and live near Salt Lake City. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy spending time with my wife and our five children: playing games, reading stories, working in our house and yard, swimming, taking family trips...just being together. There is a lot of laughter in our home. Family and faith are the main focus of my life. My job is in public relations. My hobbies include creating, playing and recording music, playing basketball and reading books.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know our Heavenly Father loves each of His children and answers sincere prayers. He has answered my prayers and has confirmed to me, time and time again, that this is the true church established by Jesus Christ and restored once again in our day. God hasn't left us alone to figure out life's purpose and the direction we should go. He has provided prophets and scriptures as a guide, and His spirit, the Holy Ghost, to testify of truth. As I read the pages of the Book of Mormon and the Bible, I see the same central message and feel of its truth: that Jesus willingly paid the price for my sins and suffered for the sins of all mankind, so we can repent, be forgiven and return to live with Him and with our Father in Heaven again after this life. More than anything, I want to be together with my family forever. I feel so strongly that it is only through Jesus Christ that this is possible. I truly believe this is His church, with a living prophet and the necessary priesthood power to open the door to salvation and eternal happiness. These blessings are available to everyone, by accepting Christ as their Savior, receiving baptism in His church, and following His commandments. Having the gospel of Jesus Christ as a light in my life helps me every day to find the strength I need to do what I know is right, serve others and move forward in faith. I invite anyone reading my testimony to "Come unto Christ" and experience this same joy I feel as a member of His church.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by fulfilling my current church responsibilities as a secretary to the bishop of our ward and a home teacher to two families in my neighborhood. I try to make a difference for good in the world by volunteering with an organization that helps abandoned children in another country. I strive to always remember the perfect example, my Savior, Jesus Christ, and to follow in his footsteps in loving and serving others.

What do Mormons believe about family?

Jeff
Mormons believe that families are central to our Heavenly Father's plan for all of His children. Families are the most basic organization on the earth, and the only one I know of that has the ability to continue on after this life. Everything in the church is for the purpose of strengthening our individual belief in Jesus Christ and helping families to grow closer together in love and faith. The Savior has made it possible for familes to be together forever! Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Jeff
The Mormon Church (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) was founded by Joseph Smith, under the direction of Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith was given divine authority to translate an ancient book of scripture, the Book of Mormon, and to restore the church Christ had established during His earthly ministry. Joseph had experiences similar to ancient prophets such as Moses and Abraham in learning truth directly from God, for the benefit of all people. Show more Show less

Why don't Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church's law of health and proper diet?

Jeff
Mormons don't drink coffee, tea or alcohol, use tobacco, or abuse drugs, because of a commandment known as "The Word of Wisdom" which prohibits the use of these and other harmful substances and promises blessings for healthy living. While this may seem like a sacrifice to many, it has helped to keep me in control of my own life and not a slave to addiction. Following the Word of Wisdom also provides a path to spiritual blessings by putting obedience to God above any desires to use these substances. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Jeff
Mormons believe that everyone should and will have the opportunity to follow Jesus Christ's commandment to be baptized, regardless of whether they had a chance to learn about the gospel during their life on earth or not. Members of the church perform proxy baptisms for those who have died, so each person can choose for themselves whether or not to accept the Savior and His church. Without baptisms for the dead, millions of souls would be left without a choice and helpless to fulfill this essential commandment. Show more Show less