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Hi I'm Jay

Born and raised in Hawaii. I have a wonderful loving wife and we have nine children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have truly been blessed with a beautiful and wonderful wife, Kathleen, three gorgeous daughters and six handsome sons. Currently I am a partner in a construction company and Kathleen has devoted the last 20 years as an educator - currently teaching Spanish. We love the outdoors and enjoy traveling to or learning about different parts of the world and cultures. We also have been richly blessed with loving parents, brothers and sisters and their families, and a multitude of good friends. Our Heavenly Father has been so kind to us as a family. I acknowledge His hand in all of these things as blessings from Him.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a Mormon all of my life, however just as all converts to the church, I had to go through the same process of coming to understand the teachings of the gospel and finding out for myself that these things are true. My conversion did not come until I had a desire and maturity to want to know if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormon church) was truly of God and that both He and His Son appeared to a young 14 year old boy, Joseph Smith, in a grove of trees in upstate New York in the Spring of 1820. I can with a certainty testify that through the power of the Holy Ghost that I have received a sure witness on numerous occasions that this heavenly manifestation did take place. I know that this church is led by a living prophet and apostles just as Christ organized His church when He walked the earth. That through God His authority was also restored to the earth through Joseph Smith. It is by this authority that baptisms can be performed and families can be bound and sealed together for this time and for all eternity. I know that our prophet and apostles have been chosen and ordained by God to help us through the difficult times in which we now live, and they remind us of the bright hope we have of returning to our heavenly home as we are faithful in keeping the commandments and staying true to the covenants that we have made with our Father in Heaven. Of these things I know to be true.

How I live my faith

We are surrounded by so many good people. I love to learn from their examples and strive each day to be a little more kinder and serviceable to others. Most importantly I strive to follow the perfect example of our Savior Jesus Christ. His life was filled with acts of kindness and love towards those around Him. He was never judgmental but looked for the good in everyone as sons and daughters of God. I try to learn more about Him through studying His teachings each day in the scriptures. I am currently the Sunday School teacher to the 12 to 18 year olds of our congregation. I love my calling and feel that I can make a difference in the lives of these youth.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Jay
Because of the Fall of Adam and Eve, all men and women became subject to the effects of mortality – our bodies became susceptible to sickness, disease and death. This Fall separated us from the presence of our Heavenly Father and immortality. We also became fully exposed to the temptations of the devil. The Lord gave us the capacity or agency to either make right or wrong choices. Along with this agency we also became subject to the consequences of our choices either good or bad. The Fall and it’s effects were all part of God’s “Plan of Happiness” . He loves us and wants all of His children to return to live eternally with Him. We know that through the scriptures only those that “do the will” of the Father [Matthew 7:21] will be able to return and live in His kingdom. Being that we are imperfect mortals and would sin, our loving Father sent His only begotten Son Jesus Christ, to atone or take upon our sins so we can be cleansed of those sins we commit after sincere repentance, which in turn would nullify the everlasting effects of our sins. His atonement also included His death and resurrection which broke the bands of death whereby giving all men immortality once again after this life – another condition of living with our Father in Heaven. These acts exemplifying the pure love of Christ are considered His Grace which satisfies the “demands of justice”. “This grace is an enabling power that allows men and women to lay hold on eternal life and exaltation after they have expended their own best efforts.” [see definition Bible Dictionary]. We believe "that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do" (Book of Mormon 2 Nephi 25:23). Grace, the saving power of our Savior Jesus Christ, is available to all mankind – His redemption from sin is not limited to a few but to all those that are honest seekers and doers of His word. Show more Show less