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Hi I'm Jeff

I'm a computer programmer. I enjoy playing racquetball. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a professional software developer who enjoys an occasional video game or movie. I'm also a big fan of playing racquetball. In fact, I hope to one day have a personal racquetball court attached to my home. My wife and I have an adorable little girl and another one on the way. We enjoy eating out from time to time, camping, and playing board games together. Of the games we've played, it seems that The Settlers of Catan is our family favorite. I just recently purchased my first motorcycle, a Honda Shadow 600 VLX Deluxe, and have entered a new world that I never imagined would be so fun and relaxing. My wife tells me that she wants to ride with me once I get a little more comfortable on the bike.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a teenager, several family members and friends would frequently encourage me to attend church. After several years of prodding, one of my friends finally got through to me. My friend had been recently baptized into the church and was excited to share her experiences with me. Hearing them made me want to have some of my own. Even though she had lost so much to join the Mormon church, she seemed so much happier than I was. She had purpose and a light in her eyes. Within just a few months of meeting her, I began to regularly attend church. I'm a Mormon because I'm happier now than I ever was before I chose this way of life. Life is fun and it's too short to waste. Following the Savior's teachings has brought more fulfillment, fun, happiness, joy, and meaning than I ever experienced without him. He can make more of me than I could ever make of myself.

How I live my faith

I love spending time with the teenage boys and the youth in general. They're the future and I get to take a part in teaching and guiding them. On Sundays, I frequently have the opportunity to teach the boys church lessons. During the week and on some weekends, I'm able to be with them for scouting activities and camping trips. It's during these times that I'm more able to get through to them so that they might one day become men. These boys are constantly looking to me and to others for an example. Some of them don't have a father in the home, so I'm grateful to be able to be there for them. I hope that the lessons I teach them will help them to follow the Savior's example and to have fun while doing so.

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Jeff
The short and sweet answer is because our bodies are gifts from God and He has given us a law to help us to take care of them. The law, known as the Word of Wisdom, is widely known for what we're asked to not use (i.e. coffee, tea, and alcohol), but it's really about maintaining a healthy body and mind. Outside of the church, the opinions on diet (professional and otherwise) vary quite a bit depending on who you talk to and where you live. I'm grateful that God has given us a law of health to help us sort all of that out. I don't understand all the dos and don'ts in the Word of Wisdom, but it seems more and more scientific research solidifies what we already know as time goes on. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Jeff
Most missionaries of the church are young men and a good deal of these men start saving for their missions when their young. However, there's also a missionary fund that anyone can contribute to in order to help pay for these missions. I was lucky enough to live in a community in which my mom and several of my neighbors helped me pay for my mission. In addition to the common male missionaries that are about 20 years of age, we also have female missionaries that aren't much older and senior couples. Just like the young men, they're expected to pay their way. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Jeff
We're pretty serious about our beliefs and we honestly feel that everyone will be happiest if they choose to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. In fact, in the church's missionary manual called "Preach My Gospel", the purpose of the missionary is stated as the following: "Invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end." Just to clarify what's being said, the missionaries are going to talk about the restoration of Jesus Christ's church. That will be tied in to what's really important, the mission of the Savior and how it applies to us. Yes, that means they'll eventually invite you to be baptized and become an active member in his church. Having the missionaries over isn't a commitment to join our church but, if they really believe in what their mission is and in what they're teaching, most of them are going to invite you to take that path. All of that said, I'd encourage you to ask the missionaries lots of questions. Challenge them but please don't be rude. We truly believe that our missionaries have been called to represent the Savior and bring his message to all who will listen. Show more Show less