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Hi I'm Jim Avery

I'm a 2nd generation Californian, father of 5 and CEO of a bank consulting firm for 40+ years who likes to sail.

About Me

Married, five children, three grandchildren, Self-employed for over 30 years. Like to travel especially to foreign countries including third world countries. Like to do ocean sailing.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized a Mormon when I was eight years old by my dad. I was 13 when my parents and I were sealed in the Los Angeles Temple for time and all eternity. I quit going to church when I went to college and then started going to church about ten years later when I got married. I have a testimony that Joseph Smith had a vision of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and was directed to translate the Book of Mormon and re-start Christ's church. I remember that first time in the temple with my parents and the happiness I felt in the temple. I had been to the place of Joseph Smith's vision when I was 15 years old and had a definite feeling that Joseph Smith's vision was true. Over the past 50+ years I have had that testimony strengthened as I lived the principles of the gospel and received the blessings that come from doing so. Also, by enduring various of life's challenges and depending on God for help and getting that help has reinforced my testimony that God exists and that I am in the right Church.

How I live my faith

I work on getting better by praying and reading the scriptures daily. I take the sacrament where I re-promise to keep the covenants of baptism, review where I need improvement and promise Heavenly Father to try a little harder to improve. I try to pray to Heavenly Father in a heart-to-heart fashion, pray for that which I feel He would want for me and feel His response through the Gift of the Holy Ghost. I am trying to be more service oriented and focus on the needs of others rather than so much on what I want.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Jim Avery
Achieve eternal happiness Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Jim Avery
I was recently asked this question at a lunch I had with some Persian Jews. They couldn't understand why I passed on the wine that was offered and saying it was against my religion as they related that wine, according to popular science, is good for you. I asked them if they really wanted to know, they did and I started with the Joseph Smith story, the vision and ultimately with the revelation known as the Word of Wisdom that prohibits alcoholic drinks Then I asked them if I should believe God or popular science. They all said God and totally understood. Show more Show less