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Hi I'm Jim

My wife Marty and I were baptized in San Antonio, Texas after being introduced to the Church by very good friends.

About Me

I was born in 1944, have been married for 42 years, have two children and 6, grandchildren. I spent 22 years as an Army Medical Service Corps officer and was stationed in many places. During our travels we met wonderful people. One couple we knew in Germany had joined the LDS Church and when we moved to San Antonio they showed us by example and discussion what it is to be a Mormon. In 1978 Marty and I were baptized after being converted to the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. My Children grew up as Mormons in Augusta Georgia and each was the only Mormon in their class. Over the years we have enjoyed skiing, hiking, camping, and most outdoors activities. Now we most enjoy visiting our daughter and son and the grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

When first introduce to the Mormon faith I knew very little about the tenants of the Mormons. What really caught my attention was the way in which the Mormons lived wholesome Christ centered lives. The focus on families, education, and fun was the way I wanted to raise my 6 and 3 year olds. I quickly learned that the teachings of living prophets were true, that the Book of Mormon was written by ancient prophets and translated by the Prophet Joseph Smith. I can't imagine living in the toubled world of today with out the strength that comes from living the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I have served in many callings in the Church. Most recently as Branch President of a singles branch where I worked with about fourty young single adults to build spirituality through worship and activities. I have been president of the local Rotary Club and love to be an active part of our community. I don't drink alcohol, use tobacco, or drink coffee or tea. I exercise and try to live a healthy and active life. My wife and I study daily from the scriptures, the Bible and the Book of Mormon. We love to read from the teachings of present day prophets and other Church leaders.

What do Mormons believe about "eternal life?"

Jim
Reusrection and life after death are a free gift as a result of the atonement of Jesus Christ. By His grace we are saved from the Fall. By demonstrating that we are willing to live according to His commandments we can gain more that just an unending post mortal existance. We and continue to learn, grow spiritually, be with our families, and that is eternal life. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Jim
This is likely to be the most missunderstood fact about Mormons. Particularly in the Southern US "Bible belt". The name of the Mormon church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Prophet Joseph Smith received his instructions on forming the Church from Jesus Christ himself. I believe that the most important event in the 19th century and perhaps since the resurection of the Savior was the visitation of God the Father and his son Jesus Christ to the boy Joseph Smith. Mormons are Christian! Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Jim
The first thing I discovered was that being a Momon was not just a Sunday thing. The conversion that took place in my life ment that I had a desire to live differently. I discovered a new set of like minded friends. I no longer had a desire to go to clubs or use unseemly language. I had activities available to me that I loved such as Boy Scouting and sports. It is hard to explain something that is so central to my life, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is my life. All of my professional, civic, and social life are flavored by my membership in the Mormon Church. Show more Show less