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Hi I'm B.J.

I was born and raised in Idaho. I'm a mental health therapist/health and fitness consultant. I'm a father of nine... and a Mormon.

About Me

I am a (nearly) 40 year-old father of nine (that's right... between my wife and me). I grew up in southeastern Idaho where I currently reside. I love my good movies that tell good stories. I love freedom and liberty. I coach my sons' sports teams and love doing it. I've worked as a therapist for over 10 years and I have been developing my own health and fitness consulting business as a part of my own health and fitness journey. I am goal oriented and proud to be a man of God while overcoming my own trials of faith.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of this church my entire life. I was raised by parent who were also born in the church. My heritage in this church goes back generations. That being said, my faith is my own comes from God. I don't know much. Often times, my faith has resembled Father Callahan's on the movie "Rudy": There are two things in this world that I know. There is a God and I'm not Him. I have had experiences in my life that I have been transcendent and I will not deny. There have been many times of doubt and frustration that have led my to some addictive and compulsive tendencies. These behaviors contributed to the dissolution of my previous marriage. I have experienced dark times and I wish that I was one that did not require such experiences in order to learn. That being said, I continue to learn. One of the lessons taught to me by my parents have stuck with me throughout my life and helped my through many trials and poor decisions: Even if we find out after this life that everything that we believed is wrong, can you imagine a better way to live or strive to live? I am a work in progress and I continue to strive to better understand who I am and what is expected of me in this life. I have faith in the fact that Jesus Christ is my Savior as well as the Savior of the world. I believe that God has called men in this day to be Apostles. I believe in continued revelation to the world through these men, but I also believe strongly that God speaks to us individually through the Holy Ghost. Those are my thoughts, and hey, I'm still a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I currently serve in my church by helping those who teach. In the Mormon church, we have block meetings which consist of three separate meetings. The first meeting is called Sacrament Meeting which is essentially where members of the church take the sacrament which is similar to the communion taken by Catholics. That meeting consists of talks (sermons) by members of the congregation. The other two meetings consist of class time. I work with the "Sunday School" to help teachers with materials to help them present material so that others feel the inspiring influence of the Holy Ghost.

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

B.J.
I believe the Bible to be scripture. I am grateful to the inspiration that I have received through the words of prophets of old. I am grateful for a Heavenly Father who continues to work with me through the writings of the great people of the past. Show more Show less