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Hi I'm Jett

I am the son of a career Air Force officer (jet test pilot!), do IT Computing Strategy work, love to travel and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I have a family of all girls which I absolutely love. I also have two excellent son-in-laws who are great choices by my daughters. I work for a large aerospace company in the Information Technology area doing strategy and planning. I love travelling, sports and am a "news junkie" meaning I love to read the newspaper, web, blogs, etc.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in to a mormon family, but I have had so many hundreds and thousands of experiences of my own throughout my life that have built my faith and hope in Jesus Christ. Be they small or large these experiences have witnessed to my soul that Jesus lives, that Heavenly Father loves me, that I am loved, and that His gospel has been restored again to the earth. What an incredible feeling it is to have the knowledge of these things and to know that I can live with my Heavenly Father forever. Many people might think being a Mormon is difficult and onerous. Actually it is quite the opposite. I receive such peace and strength in living God's commandments that it makes my life full of purpose, joy, and peace. What a great feeling it is to feel of God's love on a very regular basis.

How I live my faith

My life is pretty much dedicated to the gospel and living its principles as best I can. I have done many things in service and sacrifice for my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I served a 2-year mission in Denmark that I and my family paid for the entire time. I taught an early morning religion class to teenagers every school day. I served in our stake organization (a stake is made up of several congregations). I helped organize stake activities like: sports activities (basketball, volleyball, soccer, softball, etc.), music events, (Messiah Sing-along), community nativity display at christmastime with almost 700 nativities, service activities, youth events, dances, dance festivals, etc, etc. I love to teach gospel classes esp to teenagers and adults. I served as a Bishop (i.e. Pastor) for 5 years. Serving as a Bishop voluntarily and without pay was one of the most difficult yet most rewarding things I have ever done. As a Bishop I was responsible for a congregation (aka Ward) of 400+ members. While serving as a Bishop I performed several marriages, officiated many funeral services, oversaw weekly church meetings, counseled with individuals/couples/children/teenagers/adults/etc., oversaw our budget, gave talks/sermons, etc, etc. I usually spent 15-25 hours a week serving the ward and ward members. This was on top of my full-time job. Although it was very stressful and time-consuming at times it was also very rewarding in being able to help and comfort others.

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Jett
Because millions have people have felt and come to know with a surety of knowledge that the restored truth is on the earth. And they continue to be fed spiritually, emotionally, and intellectually. It is not just a one time feeling. It keeps getting reinforced. Plus to be able to feel the love of the savior and an absolutely complete free conscience and peace of mind is worth everything it takes to feel it. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Jett
A testimony is a spiritual witness from God about certain principles. It is a more sure knowledge that something is true. Here is how I received my "testimony". I think one of the turning points for me was when I was a teenager. We had just moved. (My father was in the Air Force.) I remember having been given the challenge to pray about the Book of Mormon and about the truthfulness of the church. I could see, hear and feel from my parents that they had a firm conviction and testimony, but I did not know for myself. I remember I would read a page in the Book of Mormon and then get down off my bunkbed I shared with my brother, kneel down and ask my Heavenly Father if this was true. It didn't come immediately. I think the Lord was testing my desire and faith to know. But come it did. I can still look back on that period of time and feel gratitude to my Heavenly Father for giving me the sure witness that I really, really wanted and that I needed. That was just the beginning. Because I have had literally thousands of experiences of that have grown my faith and belief in Jesus Christ. I get great comfort and joy in doing His will. That comfort and peace only comes through keeping Gods commandments, living how I know I should live, and through service to my fellow brothers and sisters. One of our most famous scriptures says "Adam fell that men might be, and men are that they might have joy." (2Nephi 2:25). Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Jett
Our canon of scripture is made up of four books: Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine & Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. We use the King James Version of the Bible. They are all considered scripture and equal with each other. We absolutely love the Bible. I can't imagine not having all the stories and historical record of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The historical record in the Old Testament points us to Jesus Christ and helps us understand His importance and the importance of keeping His commandments. The epistles and other books of the New Testament help fill out our understanding of Jesus and the Church He organized. The LDS Church could not be complete without the Bible. We have to have it. In our church services - we have what we call Sunday School. It usually lasts about one hour every Sunday. We have a four year rotating course of study for Sunday School. A full year is dedicated to each topic area. The 4 years of study are: - New Testament - Old Testament - Book of Mormon - Doctrine & Covenants/Pearl Of Great Price/Church History Let me finally say - there is a special spirit and power with the Book of Mormon. When one reads the Book of Mormon a special blessing and spirit from God will abide with the reader. It is very powerful and has led to the conversion and retention of millions and millions of readers. If you take the time to sincerely read it - you can also feel the power and spirit that accompanies it. Show more Show less