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Hi I'm Jerry

I'm a proud father of five, I work for the world's largest aerospace company, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an aircraft finance lawyer for The Boeing Company. I graduated from The University of Chicago Law School in 1990. My wife and I are the proud parents of five children-one son followed by four beautiful daughters. Our son is recently married, and he and our two oldest daughters are attending college in Utah. Our family loves traveling, although with a family our size, we can't afford to travel very often. My career has taken us to some wonderful places--New York City (pre-9/11), Salt Lake City, Tokyo, Japan, Milwaukee and now the Puget Sound area of western Washington--where we've made some very special friends. I am an avid college football fan. I follow my Alma Mater, Utah Stake University (where our oldest daughter is attending) and Brigham Young University (where our son and second daughter are attending). My wife and I love seeing Broadway musicals, and as luck would have it, Seattle attracts many of them.

Why I am a Mormon

My great, great grandfather, Albert Miles, joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the 1800's, while living in or near Hannibal, Missouri, and was later personally acquainted with the Prophet Joseph Smith, the great prophet of the restoration. Albert and his family (including my great grandfather, Edwin Ruthven Miles, who was only 10 years old at the time) were part of the great Mormon exodus from Nauvoo, Illinois to present day Salt Lake City, Utah in 1848 to escape severe religious persecution. My great grandfather remembered making the over 1,000 mile journey across the plains walking beside the family pig, which was tied to their wagon. After living in the Cottonwood area of Salt Lake City for a time, my great, great grandfather's family was among the first settlers of Smithfield, Utah, which is located just a few miles north of Logan, Utah, where I was born and where my parents still live. Any system of religious belief would be difficult to remain active in if one doesn't have a personal witness from the Holy Ghost of its truthfulness. I have received just such a witness (time and time again) and could never, ever deny it. We teach that anyone who sincerely desires to have such a witness can receive one. I am most grateful for the promise (which is unique to our faith, so far as I know) that our families can be together forever, by virtue of a sacred ordinance (i.e., a temple sealing) performed only in Mormon temples by those having priesthood authority. I love my family and can't bear the thought that our loving associations might end abruptly with mortality. I am so grateful for the latter-day restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ in its fulness, which makes this all possible and wish for others to learn about and enjoy these great blessings.

How I live my faith

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a lay church, meaning that our leaders are unpaid, do not hold divinity degrees and are selected from the general membership of the church. My bishop, for example, is an information technology specialist at a major financial institution in our area. I have the privilege for a time of serving as the "Stake President" of the Auburn Washington Stake in western Washington. A "stake" is somewhat similar to a diocese in the Catholic church and other Christian denominations. We have seven different congregations in our stake over which I have leadership responsibilities. Mormon congregations are known as "wards", and the responsibilities of stake leaders are to train and support ward leaders to administer the church in our area. I am so grateful for the associations I enjoy with my ward--it is really more like a family than a church congregation. We refer to one another as "brother" and "sister" for truly we are spirit sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father.