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Hi I'm Jim

I'm from Southern California; I'm a business student and husband to an Air Force officer; I love the outdoors.

About Me

I'm currently a business student while my wife works in the Air Force. I grew up in a Mormon family with three siblings. My mother, however, is the only member of our faith in her family. I love the outdoors and like sports as well. I was a competitive swimmer in high school, but mostly run now. My wife and I are avid backpackers, spending at least a solid week in the mountains every year in addition to many overnight trips. I'm also a bit of a nerd, as I really enjoy following the latest in technology as well as (what I would consider) nerdy board games.

Why I am a Mormon

I started out going to the Mormon church because my parents took me. As I got older, I began to wonder whether or not I really KNEW if what I was being taught was true. I went to a sort of youth retreat when I was in high school, where we got together and learned about the gospel as well as took part in a variety of fun friend-building/faith-building activities. At the end of the retreat, we were all gathered together to discuss our thoughts and feelings. I didn't want to get up and share anything, because I really didn't think I had anything to share, but I felt like I should. As I was about to express my not knowing if the Church was really true, I suddenly felt a sudden, overwhelming feeling of peace, warmth, and rightness (if that's a word) filled my body. I realized that the Lord was confirming that the things I had been taught were right. Since then, I've realized that the only way to know if spiritual matters are really true is to find out from the Holy Spirit. I don't often have such powerful sensations anymore; now it usually comes more softly, so I have to listen. But I know that it's the Lord trying to communicate with me, and I'm very grateful for that. I'm grateful to know that the wonderful blessings that this Church holds are from the Lord and that He's looking out for us.

How I live my faith

My wife and I were recently given the responsibility of teaching Sunday School lessons to the teenagers of our congregation. We discuss a variety of spiritual topics as, this year, we go through the Book of Mormon. The material we study changes every year, so we'll get to cover the Bible, the Book of Mormon, as well as some other historical texts. We're fairly new to the congregation, but one great thing about this church is that the people are almost always very welcoming to new people (especially if you make an effort to introduce yourself). I also regularly attend our church's temples and do what service I can there. If you're interested in our temples, have a look at this link: http://mormon.org/faq/topic/temples. I am also already in the local choir-they'll happily take anyone. It's been very uplifting to sing about my faith.