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Hi I'm Jeff, I live in Utah.

I'm a Mormon. I moved after 30 years as a Minnesota resident and we are involved with our family, genealogy and family history.

About Me

I am a Dad who has an adorable wife and six great kids. We also have a bunch of terrific and active grand kids who insist that my free time be spent jumping on the trampoline, pushing them in our front yard swing and reading to them. I recently retired and am now serving a full-time mission in the Family History library in Salt Lake City, Utah. I believe that there is nothing more important in life than family. Professionally, I had spent the last 35 years advising people on how to organize their personal, financial and family life. Over the last few years I have gotten REALLY involved in researching and writing family history stories and doing my genealogy. I volunteer a good part of my time answering questions about how to organize family trees and search out our ancestors. Family, ancestors and helping others makes my life fulfilled and happy. It is hard to explain but when people are involved in learning more about their family, they wind up feeling a lot of peace and joy in their lives.

Why I am a Mormon

I know that this Church has answers to the most important questions of life such as: "Where did I come from?", "Why am I here?", and "When I die, where will I be going?". I know that whenever I have questions about the meaning of life, how to best live my life or how help others in need that this Church has those answers. The Mormon faith has just what I need to be happy, to be better. I know that the teachings of the Church is true. We have a prophet that loves God and is able to help teach us how to handle the difficulties in our lives and in the world.

How I live my faith

I love people so I try and stay involved in being places where I can talk and be with people. I have several families I visit every month. We try and be cheerful when we are out shopping or being around people. We also serve regularly at our local family history center and we just love talking to them about their families. We all can be better and do things to help each other if we learn from each other so I feel I should be out where people are and listen, learn and help if I can.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Jeff, I live in Utah.
Well, we believe that we are all part of God's family. We believe that we were given the commandment by Jesus Christ to be baptized in order to enter into the kingdom of God (John 3:3-5). Jesus Himself, though without sin, was baptized to fulfill all righteousness and to show the way for all mankind (see Matthew 3:13-17; 2 Nephi 31:5-12). Thus, baptism is essential for salvation in the kingdom of God. We learn in the New Testament that baptisms for the dead were done during the Apostle Paul’s time (see 1 Corinthians 15:29). This practice has been restored with the establishment of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Prophet Joseph Smith first taught about the ordinance of baptism for the dead during a funeral sermon in August 1840. He read much of 1 Corinthians 15, including verse 29, and announced that the Lord would permit Church members to be baptized in behalf of their friends and relatives who had departed this life. He told them “the plan of salvation was calculated to save all who were willing to obey the requirements of the law of God” (Journal History of the Church, 15 Aug. 1840).Mormons believe that we should identify our ancestors to help them be baptized. Doesn't that make sense? We were given the blessing of coming to the earth because of their sacrifice to have us as children. Now, we can now help them be given the opportunity to be baptized. I believe that all of our ancestors still exist and they want us to know about them and help them. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Jeff, I live in Utah.
Absolutely not! We work in the Family History library and the majority of people we talk to are not Mormons. I think of every person that we meet as a son or daughter of God so that makes us brothers and sisters. Much of what is done in the Church is to bless and help those who are not Mormon. The Mormon Church has donated more than $1 billion in cash and material assistance to 167 different countries in need of humanitarian aid since it started keeping track in 1985. Many of these countries have few to no Mormons, but are also non-Christian. More than 53,000 Mormon missionaries serve through the world today. All of their service is to help those who are not Mormon. Joseph Smith himself taught that we are "to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to provide for the widow, to dry up the tear of the orphan, to comfort the afflicted, whether in this church, or in any other, or in no church at all." When you think of others as part of a large family, you look at and treat others differently. I know God loves each of his children and He wants me to do the same. I want to be like Jesus Christ. He helped everyone he met and I want to follow His example and help as He did. Show more Show less