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Hi I'm Jim

Hi, I am a California native. I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, A Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I have 3 children, 2 daughters and a son, The oldest daughter is married and living in New Zealand. The 2 youngest are single adults still living with us; they are both preparing for missionary service. We live in a house in the Santa Clarita Valley 25 miles north of Los Angeles. I work for a private mortgage company, as an in-house appraiser and reviewer. My wife chooses to handle the homefront details, she also volunteers at the public library and entertains at a nearby convalescent hospital. We spend a large amount of time doing things together as a family, hiking and playing Wii in our home on a regular basis. We also find joy in sharing child care responsibilities for a couple of struggling families in our neighborhood. Time has been such this summer that we have been able to enjoy supper together most nights. We've also enjoyed a summer vacation together in California's Sierra Nevada Mountains hiking and boating. With a wedding coming up and school beginning finding time together will become more of a struggle. Most weeks, during this busy time, we will plan 1 evening or day we can spend time doing something together.

Why I am a Mormon

My family, while I was growing up, was not religious. While in elementary school, I on occasion would read an old, mostly untouched bible, that was in my mothers nightstand. I did not understand much of what I read, but I did feel good while reading and felt mentally inspired to believe in God as a result of this reading. I had attempted to pray, to ask God if he existed, on a couple of occasions and at those times felt the presence of the Holy Spirit testifying God lived, though I did not know who the Holy Spirit was at that time. Regardless, at 11 or 12 years of age I knew God existed, and felt this truth deep inside me. As a teen I was confused about many things, growing up without direction, often finding myself in troubles due to having made some poor choices. These choices were no great sins, but these choices, resultantly, caused me great pain. I was going nowhere. The Spirit I had felt in my younger years was gone during this period of my life. Following my graduation from high school, I was introduced to the Mormon missionaries, whom I later invited to my home. The missionaries introduced me to the gospel of Jesus Christ. We discussed simple basics about the nature of God, His Son Jesus Christ and also the Holy Spirit. They told me the Holy Spirit testified of truth. We discussed the life of Christ. We discussed the gift of mercy God gave us through his Son, Jesus Christ, and God's plan of redemption. The missionaries gave me a copy of the Book of Mormon, another testimony of Jesus Christ. They asked me to read the book and to pray whether it be true, telling me that if I did pray with a sincere heart, God would manifest its truth unto me. I prayed to know if the Book of Mormon was true; I felt the Spirit that I had once felt as a youth return, and bear witness that the Book of Mormon is true. I know the prophet Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God. I know the Lord, Jesus Christ has restored His church; He now leads it through a true prophet today.

How I live my faith

I currently attend meetings at church mostly on a weekly basis, missing meetings occasionally due to a persistent allergy illness that I have. My wife and children attend church every week. My 2 children living at home go to a different congregation that has been established for young, single adults from 18 and 30 years of age and are very active there. These children also have established a dog rescue for stray and abused dogs. They rehab and find homes for these pets I visit 3 families in our congregation on a monthly, if not regular basis to see how they are doing and to see if the families have any needs that I may be able to help them meet. I am also the employment specialist for the ward and assist members in their search for employment.