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Hi I'm "Teach" Jim Harris

Pleasure to "meet" you. I'm convinced of your significance because I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Our youngest is heading off to college and life is heading into a new phase. Now the calendar, full of the day-to-day comings and goings of our teens, is filling with grand children events, family projects and activities. Between events I'm off cycling, gardening or trying out a new technology for learning or marketing purposes. Every now and again, I like to run away from the noise and bustle of it all to go hiking, backpacking or mountain biking. I love meeting new people. It is fascinating to see how each person is using their precious time on Earth.

Why I am a Mormon

I had always gone to church and summer bible school. I liked church and remember praying as a small child. There was as sensitivity in me for the things of God. When I was about 12 years old, I was studying to become a member of our Presbyterian congregation. It was going fine but the idea of a God who was everywhere and nowhere at the same time did not sit real well with me. Because of the prayers I'd offered I felt God had to be a more personal person. About that time my father invited the missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint (The Mormons) to come to our home and teach us. They helped our family come to know our Father In Heaven, His son, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost are three distinct beings who each work to love us each as individuals. From then until now I have had continual experiences reinforcing the personal nature of God. I have felt His love in prayer. In the challenges of life my prayers have reached the heavens. There has been a continual flow of blessings. Each experience has reinforced the rich and tender mercies our God extends to us through the guidance of the Holy Ghost, the forgiveness of sins through the Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ and our ongoing development through great Plan of Happiness as directed by our loving Father In Heaven. I am forever grateful to my parents for taking a risk in talking with the missionaries. I am grateful to my Father in Heaven for all He does to make the good and bad times of life a growing experience toward a life of everlasting joy and peace.

How I live my faith

I do a number activities live my faith and help our neighbors and our local congregation. At church, I assist in nursery set up, work as one of the congregational clerks and help out where needed. The other day we were helping put a roof an a widow's home. Earlier this spring it was clearing a yard of debris. Last weekend we helped move people into the house next door. It seems there is always something going on and it is a joy to be part of the solution.

Which of the Savior’s teachings have influenced you in your life?

"Teach" Jim Harris
The teachings of Jesus Christ have always found their way into my life. More recently, His teachings to love others pulls on my heart. How did He show such compassion, such love? I yearn to understand and apply it in my life. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens after we die?

"Teach" Jim Harris
When we die our spirit leaves our body and goes to the Spirit World. The Spirit World is the place where our spirit will remain until the resurrection. At the resurrection our spirit will be united with an immortal body which will never die. The Spirit World contains two divisions, Paradise and Spirit Prison. The repentant, righteous and good people of the earth go to paradise to rest from their trials. The wicked and sinful pay for their sins in the spirit prison since they did not apply the atonement in their lives they must pay for their sins. The Saviors suffering for their sins has no effect upon them. Show more Show less