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Hi I'm Jeff

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a married father of five grown children. I'm an attorney. I have lived in southern California for most of my life.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents raised me in the Church. My father's family has a long history in the Church. I have ancestors of my father's side who crossed the plains of America in the 1800s in the pioneer trek to Utah and who participated in the settling of Utah, southern Alberta Canada, and northern Mexico. My mother's family, however, has a long history as god-fearing Baptists living in the South and I count among my ancestors on her side Baptist preachers in Virginia. My mother's parents taught her to love God and the Bible and to try to live a simple life of Christian service. When two Mormon missionary women found my mother in Washington DC in the 1950's, she recognized the truth they taught, she embraced it, and she was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when she was 19. Why am I a Mormon? Though I was raised in the Church by good parents, I came to a point in my late teens and early twenties when I decided that I needed to know if what my parents had taught me all those years not only was true, but whether it was relevant and meaningful for my life. I studied the scriptures I thought about the things my parents had taught me I thought about what I learned in the scriptures I prayed to God -- many times -- to know the truth and, most importantly, I decided that I needed to ACT on the truth as I learned it. I found what I believe every true seeker who follows that pattern finds. What did I find? That God lives. That we are truly His children. That as His children we are all brothers and sisters. That God loves us and wants us to be happy. That He sent His Son Jesus Christ to earth to teach the way of happiness and to atone for our sins. That though the true Church of Jesus Christ which Christ established when He walked the earth was corrupted and fell away over time, God loved us enough to restore Christ's original Church to the earth through the prophet Joseph Smith in the early 1800s. That the restored Church of Jesus Christ is today The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Most importantly, that when I ACT on the teachings of my Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ as taught by their prophets and in the scriptures of their restored Church, I am happy in my personal and family life, I feel their love for me, and I know that I can find my way back to live with them in their heavenly Kingdom.

How I live my faith

I have had many opportunities to serve others as a member of the Church. The Church has given me opportunities to learn and grow in ways I could not have experienced without those Church service opportunities. As a young man, I interrupted my university studies to serve as a fulltime missionary for two years in South America. I came home with a greater love for God's children. I found a wonderful young woman to marry. As we raised our children, I served twice as the Scoutmaster of my local congregation's sponsored Boy Scout Troop. I have served as the lay leader of my local family congregation helping to teach individuals, couples, parents, and children the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I have served as the lay leader of a congregation of young college students near my home and have attempted to help young people who are away from home deal with the challenges of living in today's upside-down world. I am currently serving as a teacher of a weekly Sunday School class in which we're studying the Old Testament in depth. Each of these opportunities to serve has blessed my life in innumerable ways, but they all have a common thread: Each has helped me to recognize and remember that I am God's son that all the people around me, as God's children, are my brothers and sisters that I should look upon them as our Savior Jesus Christ sees them and that I should be more kind, loving, understanding, and compassionate to all who cross my path.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Jeff
I am an attorney. I know that a person can give "testimony" in a court of law only regarding what he or she knows to be true by personal knowledge, observation, and experience; he or she cannot make statements based on "hearsay," that is based only on what others have merely told him or her. Likewise, the "testimony" of the Gospel of Jesus Christ of which Mormons speak can only be based on personal knowledge, observation, and experience. When I say that "I have a testimony of the truthfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and that the Church of Jesus Christ is God's Church on earth today", I mean by that statement that I know by personal knowledge, observation, and experience that the Gospel of Jesus Christ and that the Church of Jesus Christ is God's Church on earth today. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Jeff
Though I was raised in the Church by good parents, I came to a point in my late teens and early twenties when I decided that I needed to know if what my parents had taught me all those years not only was true, but whether it was relevant and meaningful for my life. I studied the scriptures I thought about the things my parents had taught me I thought about what I learned in the scriptures I prayed to God -- many times -- to know the truth and, most importantly, I decided that I needed to ACT on the truth as I learned it. I found what I believe every true seeker who follows that pattern finds. What did I find? That God lives. That we are truly His children. That as His children we are all brothers and sisters. That God loves us and wants us to be happy. That He sent His Son Jesus Christ to earth to teach the way of happiness and to atone for our sins. That though the true Church of Jesus Christ which Christ established when He walked the earth was corrupted and fell away over time, God loved us enough to restore Christ's original Church to the earth through the prophet Joseph Smith in the early 1800s. That the restored Church of Jesus Christ is today The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Most importantly, that when I ACT on the teachings of my Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ as taught by their prophets and in the scriptures of their restored Church, I am happy in my personal and family life, I feel their love for me, and I know that I can find my way back to live with them in their heavenly Kingdom. Pray study ask God be willing to ACT on what His Spirit tells you then you, too, will know. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Jeff
As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I have learned many important things about how to be the kind of husband and father my Heavenly Father wants me to be. I have found that great joy and happiness has come into my life -- and into my family's life -- as I have attempted to live in my daily life the teachings of Jesus Christ as taught by the leaders of the Church . I find that I'm happy and productive and that my life is filled with love as I attempt to live the principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in all my daily interactions with my family members. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Jeff
Jesus Christ IS the Son of God. He came to earth to teach us by His words and His example how to return to live with our Heavenly Father. He carried the burden of our sins and when we repent we can be forgiven of our sins because of what He did for us in Gethsemane and on Calvary. He lived a perfect life and is the example to whom we can look when we want to know how God would have us live. Jesus showed kindness when those around Him were unkind. He showed patience when those around Him were impatient. He gave love to those who treated Him with hatred. He blessed those around Him who cursed Him. If we are truly His followers, we, too, must return unkindness with kindness impatience with patience hatred with love cursing with blessing. It is only through His grace -- after all we try to do to follow His example -- that we can hope to return to live with Him and our Heavenly Father after our time on earth is finished. Show more Show less