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Hi I'm Jim Parke

I am a husband, father of 5, CEO, outdoor enthusiast, and a Mormon.

About Me

I wear many different hats in my life. In my family, I am a husband, father, son, brother, and uncle. At work, I am a CEO, attorney, board member In the community, I am a citizen, volunteer, and donor. In my free time I am an sports fan, nature lover, and avid reader. Happily, I am also a Mormon. I live in Colorado with my beautiful wife and our 5 very active children. Although my life is anything but simple, I try to remain focused on what matters the most, and maintain some level of balance.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and want to follow his example. He is, as the Bible says, the author and finisher of my faith. I believe that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is his church, restored as it was when he first established it during his mortal ministry. I have not come to these conclusions lightly, or by blindly relying on the assertions of others. Rather, I have prayed, asked my Father in Heaven, and received a witness through the power of the Holy Ghost that these things are true. Being a Mormon gives me purpose and direction in all of the areas of my life. It gives me standards to live up to, and a community of friends wherever I go. Most of all, being a Mormon helps me to be a better disciple of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to follow the example of my Savior, Jesus Christ. Focusing on my family, being a dedicated employee, serving in the community, and trying to make the world a better place are all steps in the path of discipleship. Although it is rarely easy, and I often find myself coming up short, I have faith that God's grace is sufficient to make up for my shortcomings. Living my faith is a large source of my happiness, and gives purpose to my life.

In whom should we have faith?

Jim Parke
The faith of Mormons is centered in Jesus Christ. It is only through his name that we can be saved. The atonement of Jesus Christ - the act whereby he saved us from physical and spiritual death - is the central element in His gospel. Faith in Jesus Christ, and in His power to save us, is a source of hope and purpose that has led me to change my behavior (i.e. repent), love my neighbors, and serve the Lord with more purpose. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Jim Parke
Only members of the Mormon church who have chosen to live their lives in accordance with the gospel of Jesus Christ can enter Mormon temples. Realistically speaking, anyone can enter a Mormon temple, provided that they are willing to pay the price of devotion necessary to enter. Many who are not allowed into the temple - people who are not members of the Mormon church, and member of the Mormon church who are not living in accordance with Christ's teachings - are critical of the "secrecy" of the temples. While the worship that takes place in Mormon temples is very sacred, it is not so secret or mysterious as many seem to think. Mormon temples are places of worship, where worthy members of the Mormon church pray, meditate, learn, and make covenants or promises to their Father in Heaven. Special ordinances, such are marriages and baptisms, are also performed in Mormon temples. Mormon temples are places of revelation, where one can communicate with God through the power of the Holy Ghost, and receive inspiration and guidance from God about how to deal with life's challenges. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Jim Parke
We need a Savior because none of us is strong enough to meet life's challenges on our own. More specifically, there are at least two obstacles that prevent us from returning to the presence of our Father in Heaven: (1) all of us sin and fall short of perfection, and (2) all of us will die. Christ lived a perfect life, and suffered the punishment for our sins in the garden of Gethsemene, and on the cross. This fact makes it possible for us to repent, and be forgiven of our sins. Additionally, Christ was resurrected from the dead on the third day after his crucifixion. This fact makes it possible for all of us to be resurrected as well. As the apostle Paul stated in the Bible, "as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive" (1 Corinthians 15:22). Jesus Christ is our Savior, and it is only through his name that we can be saved (Mosiah 3:17). Show more Show less