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Hi I'm Jack

I'm a magazine publisher and editor. I'm from San Diego. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am recently married and have two daughters, ages 10 and 12, from a previous marriage. I started my own magazine publishing company after graduating from law school and 20 years later it is still going strong. I enjoy reporting and writing the most, but also work in design, advertising and management. I am active in my community and volunteer a large number of hours a year to both church-related and other causes. For leisure, I enjoy being active, going to the beach, reading, and spending time with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I did not choose the path that led me into the Mormon faith. But one week after separating from my then-wife, I knew my life was not what I had wanted. I had done and accumulated everything that the world said would bring happiness — from a big home to my own company. But I was unhappy with myself as a father, friend and husband. I turned to the Lord one night in prayer, the first time I had sincerely prayed in more than 20 years. I told God that if he was there and would show me the path, that I would follow. He answered my prayer that night, leaving no doubt that there was a God, and that he answers prayers. I started attending the closest church to my home and reading the Bible. I continued to pray for guidance, and the Lord continued to answer my prayers. Each time humbled me, and I learned to not question His answers - even when I did not understand. Then one day, I felt the Spirit was guiding me to the Mormon church. I had looked into the faith some six months prior but had felt it was not for me. But, I had vowed to follow the Lord wherever he took me. I attended church and they showed a live feed of the prophet. When he spoke, I felt a sense of hope and love. I attended Church for the next month, but never met a missionary. Finally, I prayed and told God that if he wanted me to join this church, he would need to send the missionaries my way. Six months later — one week after my divorce was final — I ran into missionaries and started lessons. I questioned a lot. But the Spirit was so powerful that I could not deny they were representatives of God. At the end of the lessons, they asked if I would be baptized. I was still not ready. But I knew that if the Church was true, I needed to be obedient and join. I prayed one Saturday morning, and asked if Joseph Smith was a prophet and if this Church was true. The answer was immediate and unmistakeable. I was baptized the next week, despite knowing that family and friends would be surprised, and some very upset.

How I live my faith

I help church members with their employment needs. I educate, guide, support and inspire them. Sometimes that means helping with their resume, counseling them on career options, or helping them find job leads. I teach orientation sessions to employment, and run a bimonthly support group for unemployed. The work is very rewarding, as I see first-hand how it helps people get jobs and improve their lives.