Hi I'm Jim
I moved to Colorado a little more than 7 years ago and married my wife. I am amd a father of a 5 year old son and have a 4 year old foster daugther. I love being a husband and father. I have both a Bachelors and Masters degree and do independent project work. This allows me to spend more time at home with my family. I love watching my son play baseball and soccer and had to coach is baseball team of which I may have had more than the kids. I love to travel and had the opportunity to travel to Europe, Mexico, Jamica, The Bahamas and Turks & Caicos along with 48 of the 50 states. I look forward to exploring the West and taking my family to all kinds of places like our National Parks and historical places.
Why I am a Mormon
My wife introduced me to to the Church while we were dating but I converted for myself. When I went to church before I always felt like something was missing. I rarely felt like I learned anything. I have always believed in Jesus Christ but always had questions. Also I use to visit my Godchildren every so often on weekends and on late drives home I would feel this emptiness like there was missing in my life. When I started invesitgating the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Saints I kept things at an arms length because I did not want to feel pressured. I also wasn't sure what Mormons believed and if they believed in Jesus Christ. But I did make a promise to myself to keep an open heart & mind and not bring any preconceived beliefs about Mormons into it. The first thing that helped put me at ease was that Mormons beleive completely in the Holy Bible as far as it is correctly translated. This made complete sense to me as there are a couple different versions of the Bible. Also most of what the Missionaries were teaching was in line with what I already believed. After a couple of months I finally accepted their invitation to attend a church meeting. I felt at home & welcomed immediately. I also couldn't believe how much of what I was learning was consist with how I was raised, what I believed and how what was new to me made sense. When I first thought I would join the Church I still hadn't felt like I had all my questions answered so I kept delaying the date. I was still waiting for something to let me know that I was doing the right thing. My then girlfriend and now wife who was a member told me not to get baptized until I received that confirmation. The still small voice of the Holy Ghost would let me know in time. That happened to me while listing to the Christmas devotional on-line. For me it was not small, it was a buring in my soul that this is Christ's church and I needed to be baptized. I was and have never been happier.
How I live my faith
Being a member of the Church has allowed me to grow in ways I could not have imagined. I continue to have questions, get them answered and have new ones. I love the opportunity to serve others from the famillies I visit to teaching Sunday school to helping plan ward activities and helping with community food drives. I have had opportunities to see the organization of the Church in action from welfare services to ward Christmas parties and it is clear to me that this is Jesus Christ's church. People are not perfect, I know I am not perfect but it gives me great joy that my Father in Heaven knows that and loves me anyway. We all have an opportunity learn and become the people we want to be however we wish. I do know that being a memeber has helped me become a better husband, better father and better man. I have become more loving and caring with others and especially with my family. I love that this Church is based around family and I try to be the best example I can to them and to others.