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Hi I'm Jeff

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a husband and a father. I play the guitar - acoustic, electric, and bass. I love reading - fiction and non-fiction. I work in the insurance industry.

Why I am a Mormon

The Church of Jesus Christ provides solid answers to some of the most difficult questions. I love the doctrines of the Church. Taken all together, they all just make sense. Not only is it all very intellectually pleasing, but the more I study of the Book of Mormon, the Holy Bible, and the other Mormon scriptures the closer I feel to my Heavenly Father and to the Savior Jesus Christ. Every step I've taken to align myself more fully with the Gospel and this Church has brought me greater understanding of and closeness to Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

Every Sunday, we go as a family to church. During the week, we pray together as a family morning and night and over meals. I try to read the scriptures and pray personally everyday. In the Church, most people in the local congregations are given an assignment of one kind or another. My current assignment is to help oversee the group of men in our local congregation who are all about my age. I help plan events and service activities for us, and periodically I teach a lesson at Church on Sunday to our group. The more I've learned about the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the more I've realized that His teachings really do influence every aspect of life. I'd say the predominant way I live my faith is just in the regular, day-to-day things, like going to work and trying to be a good employee, how I talk and joke with my friends, doing nice things for my wife, or being a good dad. I think all the good things I do - or try to do - are rooted in my faith. I try to do all those regular, everyday things in a way that God would be pleased with.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

The easiest way I can think to answer this question is to explain how to get a testimony. If you have Mormon missionaries come to teach you they'll invite you to pray and ask God if what they've taught you is true. They'll also ask you to read the Book of Mormon and ask God if it's true, too. When you receive an affirmative answer to that prayer that's when you have "gained a testimony". So, in short, a testimony is an answer from God that something is true. I think the idea of a testimony is one of the most amazing parts of Mormonism. It's a challenge and promise to everyone that if they pray and ask God if the Mormon Church is true He will tell you! You don't have to rely just on what people tell you about the Church, but you can have an answer directly from God. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Yes I do! I think something that will make that idea more palatable is to understand the purpose of a prophet. Moses's job wasn't just to perform miracles and lead the Israelites out of Egypt. Moses's greater, overarching purpose was to teach a group of people God's laws and how to live them. Our current prophet, Thomas S. Monson, hasn't called us to leave our homes and wander in the wilderness like Moses did, but he does teach us God's laws and how they apply to a modern world. Show more Show less