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Hi I'm Jeff

I grew up in Utah. I love basketball, medical science, and anything to do with space exploration. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married for a couple of years and have an toddler son. When I'm not spending time with my family, I'm studying for medical school, exercising P90X style, playing basketball, or reading. I enjoy playing the piano, the guiter, and the harmonica, although I am amateur at best in all three.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the LDS or Mormon church and have found through personal experience that living the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ as taught in the LDS Church bring more peace and happiness than any other endeavor. There are many things that make me happy as I've listed in a previous section, but there is nothing that compares to knowing that there is a God, that God is my loving Father in Heaven, and that He is pleased with me when I obey the counsel that He has provided through ancient scriptures and modern day prophets. Lastly, I am a Mormon because the consequences of being a Mormon are positive and they last. Most sources of joy in this life are temporary, but in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, I've found a way of living that provides me with joy, peace, love, and satisfaction that lasts and will last forever if I continue to qualify for such blessings from my Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

There are two official roles that I fulfill in my local congregation. The first is my service is a Cub Scout Webelos Den Leader. Many LDS church congregations are associated with a Boy Scout Troop and Cub Scout Pack, and ours is no exception. During the school year, I spend one night a week teaching ten year old boys important skills that they might need in their lives. Examples include teaching them how to build a fire, how to stay healthy, how to participate safely in outdoor activities, how to treat simple injuries, what is the history behind the National Anthem of the United States, and what it means to be a citizen in one's community. My other role is to help men around my same age to be leaders in their homes. Whether teaching their children values and principles by which to live, strengthening their marriages, or helping their families avoid the turmoil that engulfs so many families today, we work together to make sure that the men in our congregation have the tools they need to succeed at being a spouse and/or father. The most important part of this responsibility is trying to help these men lead their families by example. We accomplish this by teaching the principles of Jesus Christ in weekly meetings, and encouraging participation in occasional service activities.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Jeff
The simple answer is that we believe that God has called prophets, and as God's spokesmen they have asked us to give 10% of our income to the church. Because I have know that these men are indeed prophets called by God, I follow their counsel to the best of my ability. This tithe is given to provide means by which the church can strengthen its members and help spread its message. Show more Show less