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Hi I'm Jeff

I worked for 35 years for a company that made donut machine. I owned a 64 Mustang GT Convertible. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love the outdoors. I just finished a 40 mile hike with the boy scouts, ride an old bike for exercise and enjoy scuba diving. We live on 5 acres in a country setting near two of our married children and 7 of our grandchildren. I built a scaffolding in the back of my pick-up to support a very long ladder to hang the biggest swing in the area for our grand kids (before my wife saw what I was doing). They really love the swing. I love family events and having the grand children come to our home. We are trying to be energy efficient and self sufficient by installing a geo-thermal heating system in our home, some small photovoltaic solar panels and I am almost finished installing a solar water heating system that I built from scratch. We store 150 gal of rain water that constantly refills and grow a good size garden & try to can or store food each year. I am a ham radio operator so I can help the community and our church group in times of emergency. I have lots of areas where i need to improve. I don't read enough (my wife says I can't seem to sit still), don't like to wear a suit & tie and can always cause my wife to roll her eyes when I begin a sentences with "I am a patient man, but...."

Why I am a Mormon

My wife and I have had 7 children. Some of my children have died at an early age because of illness or injury. For me these events were almost unimaginable. I couldn't believe they were happening to me and that I had no control- that absolutely nothing I could do would alter the unfolding events. It was particularly difficult for me to realize that I could not shield my wife and other children from the terror of death for these little ones we loved so dearly. At these times, I found great comfort in the gospel of Jesus Christ. I have learned that it is only through my faith in Jesus Christ and through His ability to heal me that I could go on in my life. When things were really bad, I wanted to run and leave and be anywhere but where I was. But after prayer and fasting and time in the temple for serious reflection, I came to know that being with my family and in the arms of my Savior was the best way to help me, protect my children and my marriage. I will never fully get over these losses until the resurrection when our family will all be together again, but the gospel of Jesus Christ and the support of this church has made it possible for us to remain a family and be able to move forward in our lives. Now - most of life's experiences have been good and in most ways we feel very grateful. The Mormon church has helped us to have a close and loving family. The church teaches my wife how to be a good wife and mother and my children respect for parents and family while trying to teach us men to be more sensitive and kind (a tough assignment). The Gospel of Jesus Christ has been a practical and helpful school master for me.

How I live my faith

We live our faith at home and at church. At home we try to read the scriptures daily, teach our children and be helpful and kind neighbors. Each week we gather our family on Monday night to have a gospel lesson, a game and a treat. My wife enjoys genealogy and is compiling a wonderful family history. At church and in the community we try to serve. I have been a scout master or scout leader for 12 years and have served for many years as a teacher for high school age youth who meet for an hour before school each morning to study the scriptures. We help people in our church community when there is sickness, with they get old or when they struggle financially. For example, we cut, split, deliver and stack cord wood for people in our group who aren’t capable of getting their own wood and may need the help. When we have had health issues in our family, we have been the recipients of loving and kind assistance from our church community. When we had a daughter who was in a coma for 9 months in our home – friends set up a schedule and came every day to help my wife manage this difficult situation. We have really been blessed by our Faith!