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Hi I'm Jimmy

About Me

I grew up in a military family and moved all over the place. Experiencing so many different places, peoples, languages, religions, etc. I developed a great love and interest in geography. I am currently studying geography at the university level and hope to soon earn a graduate degree with plans to become an intelligence analyst. I also have a great love for sports, with basketball being my favorite. I love to read and to learn more about the processes in place in our wonderful world. I love living and am very optimistic about the future.

Why I am a Mormon

I am sometimes asked how I was introduced to this church. My parents are both active members of this church and I was raised attending church and learning the corresponding teachings. I always felt comfortable at church; however, there is a difference between feeling comfort and developing one's own faith. Throughout my life I have had many experiences which have confirmed and strengthened my faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ. I have always loved reading the Holy Scriptures. In high school I had a group of devout friends of other Christian faiths. We would quiz each other on facts, scriptures, and doctrines taught in the Bible. I've always been a bit of a competitor, so I began to really study the Bible. It was during this time that the love of God became very apparent to me. The more I read, the more I realized how magnanimous our Father in Heaven is. When I prayed as well, the Holy Spirit was able to confirm to me that our God is good and He is very willing to help us find peace in this life. In addition to the Bible, I have also had my faith in God strengthened as I have read The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. This book of scripture contains many teachings of Jesus Christ which are accompanied with promises. As I have done my best to exercise faith in Jesus Christ and live the principles of those teachings, I have seen the realization of those promises. The Gospel of St. John teaches that the Holy Spirit "will guide you into all truth" (John 16:13). As I have listened to the direction of the Holy Spirit, I have learned that this is Christ's doctrine, and as I attempt to live my faith I receive "peace in this world, and eternal life in the world to come" (Doctrine & Covenants 59:23).

How I live my faith

The great thing about faith is that it is meant to be lived, applied, incorporated; not just believed. Our Father in Heaven teaches us eternal truths with associated consequences. For instance, serving others with a charitable heart leads to joy. The purpose of the commandments and the teachings of the gospel are to help us improve and to assist others in that same process. In my experiences with this church, I have had many opportunities to live my faith. In our congregations we are able to accept volunteer assignments, termed callings, in which we serve others in the group. For several years I was a teacher in the Sunday school program. Growing up, my mother instructed her children in music theory, so for a few years I was also the conductor of the men's chorus in my congregation. I have also had opportunities to serve in planning committees for youth activities and instruction. But living my faith is not just limited to my time in church. It is to be applied in all aspects of my life. I am trying to implement the attributes of faith, charity, patience, diligence, dependability, etc. in everything I do. It certainly is a process, but the more I try to dedicate myself to living these Christlike attributes, the more the Savior is willing to assist me. And it is only through his supreme help that conversion is possible. Life is meant to be enjoyed, and I certainly enjoyed the life I have had so far. Spending time with friends at games, having relaxing evenings at home with my family, even studying and learning new concepts and ideas in my schooling add to the wonderful experience of life. There is so much to be grateful for, and so much we can do.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Jimmy
No. We are here to help everyone. We are all in this experience of life together and we are all here to help one another. Jesus Christ, our Savior, provided salvation for every person on the earth. During His ministry He served all people. We should follow His example. One of the most vivid memories of service for me came in the late summer of 2005. My family was living in Alabama at the time that Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast. We were far enough inland that we did not suffer too much damage, but the coast was in shambles. Our congregation organized weekend service trips and every week for the next few months we would travel down to the coast and help out however we could. We met people of all different walks of life who were all facing the same devastation. It was incredibly humbling, but very uplifting at the same time being able to witness the unity that can arise through service. While we had different cultures, religions, interests, etc. we all had something in common, a love for mankind and a willingness to serve. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Jimmy
Continual divine guidance helps me to know there is a God. Over the years, as I have gained more experience, I've also gained more direction through revelation. That direction comes piecemeal, but it comes steadily. As I've had questions, I've found answers. The more I turn to God, the more I see his presence and his blessings of love in my life. The Book of Mormon teaches us to 'cleave unto God as he cleaveth unto you" (Jacob 6:5). It's my experience that he certainly loves us and is there to direct us. Show more Show less