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Hi I'm Jeff

Imagination, dreams, and a desire to make others happy play a huge role in my life. All things Disney is my passion. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I attended BYU-Idaho for 1 year and I am now serving a 2 year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The Church has had such an amazing influence on me that I want to serve others throughout my life. Because of the things I know to be true, I really want to focus my life on creating special moments for families. This is why I have such an outstanding love for Disney. They focus so much on the family - which is something that many have fallen away from. I have a love for the shows Disney creates from "World of Color" to "The Magic, The Memories, and You". From "Disney Dreams" to "Fantasmic!", I love them all for their own uniqueness. It is really amazing what Disney does, and I want to bring that magic to the lives of others. Because of this, I want to be a part of the Walt Disney Company. I don't care about how much I get paid or how fun the job may be, I simply want to contribute to making the lives of others better and especially to make kids happy - even if it is temporal. If I can do something that makes a child smile, laugh, or even watch in amazement - then I will be satisfied with the work that I have done. Even if I don't fulfill this dream, I want to be able to create a moment - an experience - that will make an impact on someone's life; that will become a great memory that will bring them happiness. I truly want to create these moments - no matter how small they may be. These moments can leave impacts that I feel can create a better world.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a Mormon all my life. I was born into the Church and I have an understanding of its teachings. When I was 8, I was given the opportunity to choose whether I was going to be baptized into the Church and become an official member or not. I willingly chose to be baptized and had the blessing of turning 8 on a Sunday and being baptized that day. As I have grown up, I have had trials - that's life. I have been able to work past them though with the help of friends, family, church leaders and a loving Heavenly Father. I have truly been blessed to have so many great examples in my life. I know that this Church is true with all my heart. I bear my testimony that I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and that it and the Bible confirm one another. I know that there is a living prophet on the Earth today who truly receives instruction from God and from Jesus Christ. These things took me a while for me to truly gain a testimony in. I always grew up in an active Mormon family. We would do our best with family prayer and scripture reading and we would be at church every week. That being said, I didn't go to church for myself. I went because that was what was expected of me. I learned over time that I wasn't getting the most out of church. I remember some of my friends would just... shine. They KNEW the Church was true. They had a testimony - I didn't. It simply came to a point where I had to know. I know now. I KNOW that the Church is true with all my heart.

How I live my faith

Throughout my life, I have served in the Church. As a young man, I served in a few presidencies. At BYU-Idaho, I was fortunate enough to be called as a home evening "father". In this calling I was the leader of a group of peers and would help with instruction on Monday evenings when we would hold home evening meetings. In these meetings we would learn how to best allow the teachings of Jesus Christ be a part of our lives and we would do wholesome activities that allowed us to become friends and allow for us to rely on one another. I have also been blessed with the opportunity to serve with my father and ward members in home teaching. During home teaching, I am able to get to know members of my ward on both a spiritual scale as well as a social scale. I am still great friends with those I have served. I love to serve others, and I love to see others happy. Because of this I am serving on a 2 year mission for the Lord. I want the happiness and blessings I receive in life to become something that everyone can enjoy. It is through the example of many that I am the way I am today. I do my best to show through my actions and my thoughts what it is that I believe as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I try to love everyone and to serve them to the best of my ability.

What is being a Mormon like?

Jeff
Being a Mormon is not that different than being anybody else. Our beliefs set us apart from others in the world, but we live normal lives. These lives just happen to be happier looking to others, which is because we know that Christ lives and that He loves us dearly. As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints we are known to have 'rules' that 'restrict us'; but with these, we are able to live without being trapped by the cravings our bodies to tobacco or alcohol. We are able to make choices that allow us to have less regrets in life. I am currently serving a 2 year mission for the Lord. I was called to serve and I have accepted that call. The sacrifice of leaving family, friends, work, school, and social life to serve the Lord is small in comparison for the blessings I have already received from doing His work. The knowledge that we have available to us about the Gospel of Jesus Christ is truly amazing. It is something that I am able to look to for guidance. There are many things in life that the Gospel allows for understanding - it just takes the time to study it and to ask of God to receive a knowledge of the truthfulness of the things this church holds so dear. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Jeff
For one, don't view it. Anything that may allow for your body to find some sort of physical pleasure can be considered pornography. It is truly an evil plague and it can't be stopped if we are willingly viewing it. Stand up to it. If we fight for the communities we live in, for the internet we use, for the music, movies, books, and magazines that we or our loved ones may view, we can make a difference. This is a problem that cannot go away on a wish. It has to be a public concern that can go up to the legislators that decide on the laws that are created and enforced. The effects of pornography is one that is terrible. It can be damaging to marriages, families, children, careers.... It is something in which the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ can help heal. He can help strip loved ones or yourself of the terrible grasp it traps viewers in. He can help all who may be addicted - if they are willing. It will not be instantaneous, He knows that and YOU need to know that. But with diligence and with plenty of time on your knees pleading with the Lord, ALL IS POSSIBLE. You just need an inkling of faith, and He will help with the rest. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Jeff
A testimony has very special meaning. It is a spiritual witness of some sort from the Holy Ghost. A testimony comes from the knowledge that you have of Heavenly Father and His love for you. It comes from the knowledge of Jesus Christ, His love for you and the Atonement - the sacrifice He made for you - and that you know that they both live. It is in the scriptures and the truthfulness they contain. It is in Joseph Smith - his testimony of God calling him to restore Jesus Christ's church, and that he is a prophet. It is in knowing there is a living prophet on the earth today who receives council from our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ to lead His church today. This testimony is powerful, but must be continually strengthened. When thinking of the Parable of the 10 Virgins, the lamp carries our flame of testimony. In order for your testimony - the fire - to burn and bring light, you need to be converted. You need to know without a doubt that what you believe is true. Have you tested it? Have you asked the Lord in prayer? If not, you should. Conversion is the oil that lights the lamp in the parable. It is there to keep our testimonies. The 5 wise virgins had their own oil to keep their lamps lit while the 5 foolish did not. When it came time for their testimonies to be tested, only the 5 wise virgins were prepared and brought in. Those 5 who were foolish were cast out. Would YOU be brought in or cast out? Your testimony and conversion should be built up each and every day. Show more Show less

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

Jeff
Yes. I truly believe with all of my heart that there is a living prophet on the earth today. Prophets have been around throughout history. They have been chosen of God and have been instructed to teach the gospel and direct His Church. God still loves us, He still wants to help us, and He has called another prophet who sends forth the messages that God gives him throughout the world! This prophet is Thomas S. Monson. I know that Thomas S. Monson is a messenger called of God and I know of the blessings that can be received by listening to him. I invite you to listen to his words and to hear the will of God delivered through His trusted servant. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Jeff
The Book of Mormon is written by ancient prophets. These prophets lived in the Americas about 600 years before the Birth of Christ. One of these ancient prophets was named Lehi and he actually lived in Jerusalem and was commanded by God to lead a small group of people to the American continent. The writings afterwards are of other prophets who have lived in the Americas and have given an account of the people. The Book of Mormon stretches from the time of Lehi to after the Birth, Ministry, and Death of Christ. The highlight of this record is of the arrival of Christ to the American continent and His teachings to the people. He taught them His gospel and formed His Church among them. The Book of Mormon stands as another witness of Jesus Christ. It testifies to the world that He truly did live, that He is the Son of God. The Book of Mormon contains the teachings of Jesus Christ and testifies of His Atonement and the love He has for each of us. Those who read the Book of Mormon and ask God in sincere heartfelt prayer can know of the truthfulness of what is written within by the power of the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Jeff
The family is a support system. From our parents we learn from their previous experiences on what to do. Through siblings, we can have lessons in patience, love, and service. We are able to learn from one another and have a place to turn to. The family is the basic unit of society. Sadly, not every family condition is great. We cannot choose when and where we are born, but we can choose what we do each day to make the best out of the situation. We have the tremendous blessing of knowing that we have a loving Heavenly Father watching over us each day. He wants the best for us, He wants us to return to live with Him in His Heavenly Family. The family is so important. It is a blessing to have those close to us to help us throughout our lives. We can strengthen our family relationships by doing things together. We need to become "unplugged" from the technological distractions of the world, and start doing things that seem simple, but have a tremendous impact on our outlook of our family. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Jeff
Honestly, I would have to say that missionaries are out sharing the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ out of the love they have for God - our Heavenly Father - , Jesus Christ, and for all who live on this earth. The knowledge and hope that comes through understanding what all Jesus Christ has done for us and the plan God has for us is something to be excited about. Missionaries go out two by two simply because of the teachings presented in Matthew 18:16, "in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established." These companionships bring the message of Jesus Christ to all who are willing to listen. They testify of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and of the many blessings that come from following Him. All in all, missionaries serve simply because they love the gospel and others. They voluntarily serve for a space of time of either eighteen or twenty-four months. They serve full-time with very limited communication with friends and family so they may truly serve the people they are serving. These people may be anywhere in the world, and thus, the missionaries grow to love the people, the culture, and the Lord. Show more Show less