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Hi I'm James Rioux

I'm a truck driver. I'm a husband, a father, a grandfather. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi. I'm Jim. I grew up and still live in Baker, Louisiana, a city about 10 miles north of Baton Rouge. I'm a convert to the church for 8 years. I married Mary Percise of Goldsboro, North Carolina in 2001 and was introduced to the church by her. She has been a life long member. I drive a truck and haul Argon, a gas, used for welding. Mary and I have 4 children ranging in age from 31 to 17 and have 6 grandchildren . A cynical son of a cynical father, I have always asked tough question about faith which resulted in answers that ranged from "It's a mystery" or "That's symbolic". Having recieved these non-answers, I recognized the truth when it was communicated to me by two Mormon missionaries that my wife invited into our home. I have been blessed enormously by my membership in the only true church on the face of the earth today.

Why I am a Mormon

Since a very young age, I can remember wondering why Jesus only ministered and appeared in the Holy Land. If He was so special, why couldn't people on this side of the world come in contact with Him? How could He do this while in mortality and although I knew that He had been resurrected, why hadn't I ever been shown in the Bible that it was possible for Him to appear here in the Americas. Then I learned in the Bible in Acts 1:3 the following: "To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:". So now, according to the Bible, it was not only possible, but realistic to believe that He in fact did show Himself to the ancestors of the American indian after His resurrection. He did have a 40 day ministry after being raised from the cross. When Elder Grieve and Elder Schofield told me that Jesus appeared in the Americas, I believed it that very day and know with a surety these many years later that this is true.

How I live my faith

Jesus Christ has many attributes that I attempt everyday to emulate. I try to walk in His footsteps in my life today. Is that hard or impossible? My life is full of daily, weekly, yearly and lifelong goals. I know that I can never be perfect like Him, but the harder I try, the closer I will get. If I am not moving closer to Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, then I am only getting farther from them. Is being a Mormon hard? When the possibility of Eternal Life is the goal and ultimate reward, this daily walk with Him is a privilege and an honor. I cheerfully submit to His will if returning into His Holy presence is the prize. I have something in this Gospel that belongs to others. The Gospel in it's fullness, as taught by Jesus 2000 years ago, was taken away, changed, distorted, hidden and lost by those "ravenous wolves" spoken of in Matthew 7:15. That same Bible has told my ancestors that a prophet would be sent to restore the Gospel in it's fullness. That same Bible tells us that Jesus will not come again until the Kingdom has been established and the Gospel restored.

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

James Rioux
The Book of Mormon is just like the Bible in that it is the word do God. The difference is that the Bible has been changed, translated and retranslated by so many that what remains Is the word of God mixed with the precepts of man and leaves one with the questions "Which of all these translations is correct". The Book of Mormon is the word of God and Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

James Rioux
The missionaries will tell you what we believe and how that is different in many ways from what it being taught in other places. Ultimately though, as stated on the introduction page at the beginning of the Book of Mormon and again In the last chapter of the same book, that it is up to each individual to pray and ponder on these things and ask of God if these things are true. No pressure, no spoon feedings, just the truth as witnessed to your heart. Show more Show less