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Hi I'm Jim Layton

I'm an appellate lawyer -- and a Mormon.

About Me

I am a government appellate lawyer. I like being involved where public policy and law meet. Many of my cases involve constitutional law state and federal, administrative law, or tax law. I am a teacher. I am an adjunct professor of law. In my "day job," I teach a wide range of legal skills, from writing to taking depositions. I also teach at church -- and enjoy teaching in all forums. I am a father. I have three grown children, one of who is serving as a Mormon missionary in Nevada. The other two have married, both in Mormon temples, on in Washington DC where my wife and I were married 27 years ago and one in the Mount Timpanogos Temple in Utah.   I try to be a sailor and a cyclist -- but it's hard to find time for those!

Why I am a Mormon

I was reminded today of one reason: the promise of guidance from the Holy Ghost. I have been grateful, every time I've made a major, life-changing decision, that I could receive guidance from my Heavenly Father via the third member of the Godhead.

How I live my faith

My current assignment is to work with the full-time missionaries -- those guys in white shirts and ties you see on the street or on your doorstep. They are gret young men. Oh -- and there are some young women, too, though they're harder to pick out of the crowd. I've worked in a wide variety of other assignments. I have particularly enjoyed working with youth and young adults. It is so interesting to watch them grow and learn, seeking God's guidance in the choices they make.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Jim Layton
Because my current Church assignment is to help missionaries and Church members work together in Missouri and Illinois, I've been thinking a lot about this. The answer, in my view, is two-fold. First, we understand that everyone on earth is a child of God. That makes us all brothers and sisters, with the same Heavenly Father. We feel a desire to share with our spiritual siblings the knowledge and understanding we have of Jesus Christ, of God his (and our) Father, and of the Gospel. Second, we have extraordinarily valuable knowledge and understanding to share. One thing is the Book of Mormon, another testament of Jesus Christ. It adds detail and clarity to the teachings of the Old and new Testaments. Another is that God has called a prophet to speak for him in our day -- a prophet like Abraham and Moses and Elijah. I am confident that everyone who reads the Book of Mormon and listens to what modern-day prophets tell us will be blessed. Missionaries explain why and provide the guidance that lets people do just that. Show more Show less