Young Businessman Keeps Christ At The Center

Wednesday, July 29, 2020 - by Phil Smartt
Jeff Cuthbertson
Jeff Cuthbertson

Jeff Cuthbertson, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is a young businessman who keeps Christ at the center of his life.  “It was my missionary service that laid the spiritual foundation for the rest of my life.  On my mission, I was able to focus 100 percent of my time and efforts on sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ and that strengthened my testimony and my desire to live His gospel,” Mr. Cuthbertson said.

Mr. Cuthbertson served a volunteer mission in the Dominican Republic West Mission from 2001-2003.  “Fast-forward almost 20 years, now with a young family and in the middle of a demanding career and challenging times, the gospel of Jesus Christ keeps me grounded and directs my focus on what matters most.” Mr. Cuthbertson currently serves as first counselor in the Elders’ Quorum Presidency in the Collegedale Branch of the Chattanooga Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  He graduated from Brigham Young University in 2008 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Facilities Management, with a Minor in Business.  Today, he is the owner of local SERVPRO franchises.  SERVPRO has been heavily involved in Chattanooga clean-up efforts after the devastating tornado that ripped through the area during the COVID-19 outbreak.  

About the challenging times we are facing, “Keeping Christ at the center of our lives is the answer to everything,” Mr. Cuthbertson said.  “Jesus Christ is the source of peace and joy in this life and the life to come.  He is the Light of the World, our Savior, Redeemer, the true and living Son of the true and living God.  If we want to live ‘after the manner of happiness’ (2 Nephi 5:27), we could, as Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostle teaches, ‘begin by stripping everything out of our lives and then putting it back together in priority order with the Savior at the center.  We would first put in place the things that make it possible always to remember Him —frequent prayer, studying and pondering the scriptures, thoughtful study of apostolic teachings, weekly preparation to partake of the sacrament worthily, Sunday worship, recording and remembering what the Spirit and experience teach us about discipleship.  There may be other things that will come to your mind particularly suited to you at this point in your life.  Once adequate time and means for these matters, for centering our lives in Christ, have been put in place, we can begin to add other responsibilities and things of value insofar as time and resources will permit, such as education, family responsibilities, and personal avocations.  In this way the essential will not be crowded out of our lives by the merely good, and things of lesser value will take a lower priority or fall away altogether’” (Christofferson, Always Remember Him, https://www.byui.edu/devotionals/elder-d-todd-christofferson-winter-2009).  

“I’m grateful for this counsel,” Mr. Cuthbertson said, “and for parents who strived to teach my brothers and me to follow Jesus.”  Mr. Cuthbertson is happily married to Jessica Parks Cuthbertson and they have three children – Kellen, Taylor and Ava.  A Christian, an Eagle Scout and a three-time High School State Wrestling Champion originally from Alabama, Mr. Cuthburtson is also proud to call Chattanooga home.



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