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Hi I'm Jim

I'm an outdoorsman, a beekeeper, an environmentalist, a husband, a grandparent, I'm learning Hmong and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a 61 year old white male who loves being outdoors. Fishing (summer and winter), hunting, camping, canoeing, bicycling or just taking a walk with my wife are ways of enjoying the beauty of the world around me. I have been a beekeeper for over 30 years. My career is environmental in nature, being the stormwater manager for the city where I live. My wife and I are grandparents to 10 wonderful children. Currently, my Church service is in a Hmong speaking unit of the church.

Why I am a Mormon

I had been raised Catholic but reached a point in my life where organized religion was not meaningful. I still believed in God but searched for other ways to fulfill the spiritual side of life. Meditation, eastern philosphies, Native American beliefs and just spending time in the wilderness in the midst of God's creations were ways of trying to satisfy that search. Finally, I met a family from whom I was buying goats milk who intoduced me to to the missionaries. After a series of discussions and several unique experienices I felt the prompting that I needed to be baptized and become a Mormon. That was 32 years ago and I have never looked back or regretted that decision. I continue to be blest with spiritual experiences that build my testimony and witness to me that the Church of Jesus Chrit of Latter Day Saints is the one true church with the fulness of the gospel and the priesthood authority that Jesus Christ established.

How I live my faith

Ever since joining the Church I have had a responsibility to serve in some manner. Most of those opportunites have been working with the youth between 12 and 18 years of age. Two years ago I was asked to chair a committee that planned a week long event for the young men thoughout Minnesota, parts of Wisconsin, and Thunder Bay, Ontario. We had approximately 1,000 young men and adult leaders at a scout camp in Central MN. In my community I get involved in a few seasonal activities that the City organizes for the residents. I try to let my example of not smoking or drinking, using clean language and treating others in a charitable fashion quietly highlight my beliefs. I welcome the opportunity to talk to others about the gospel and how being a Mormon has been important in my life. 

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Jim
Worthy, single men between 19 and 25 are encouraged to serve a mission. Worthy, single women between 21 and 39 may also serve a mission. Retired couples are offered opportunites to serve missions. In all cases, it is the decision of the individual after prayerful consideration as to whether or not they should serve a mission. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Jim
We do not worship Joseph Smith but recognize him as a prophet like the prophets of old testament times. He was identified by God to teach the people much like Abraham or Moses. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Jim
Mormons are your next door neighbors. They are everyday people, just like you, who believe in Jesus Christ and do their best to follow His teachings. They are friendly, charitable people who are family oriented. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Jim
The Word of Wisdom is a guide for a healthy life. The principals were given through revelation to Joseph Smith. They are guides for things to avoid (alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs) as well as for things we should do (eat good foods, get proper rest) to keep our bodies healthy and promote healthy living. Show more Show less