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Hi I'm Jim

I grew up in Texas. I am passionate about bicycle riding. I am glad that the missionaries found me. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a tax attorney. I am married and have four children and 5 grandchildren. My biggest hobby is bicycle riding. I have fun staying fit and race 8-10 bike races per year in Masters category. Although I have been an attorney for 15 years, I have had other careers, some think too many. After receiving bachelor and master of science degrees in geology, I worked in oil exploration for 7 yeas as a geologist/geophysicist. After being laid off in 1982, I have been self employed since. The first was my landscape construction business that I had for 10 years. The last 3 of those 10 years, I also owned a retail landscape nursery. Finally, at the end of those 10 years, I decided to go to law school.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 14 years old, 2 missionaries knocked on my family's door in Texas. At the time, my parents were living together unmarried, having been divorced from one another but wanting to try again. My sister was 16 and my brothers were 11 and 6. We were not attending any church although we were members of the Episcopal faith. My dad had visited many churches as we were invited each time we moved to a new area which happened several times as I grew up. My dad declared himself an atheist. He could not understand how so much confusion in religion could exist. My mother was probably better categorized as agnostic. As the missionaries began to teach my family, I watched as my dad and mom both made big changes in their lives. Both quit smoking cigarettes and drinking coffee. Additionally, my dad quit drinking. We all joined the church by being baptized in just a few weeks time. My primary reasons for joining the church were two-fold. First, I saw the change it made in my parents. Quitting tobacco, coffee and alcohol had a major impact in our home. The second reason is because the two missionaries that taught my family were sharp and took a substantial interest in me. Both of them were from Utah and had come to serve their missions in Texas. On Mondays, their day off, they came and picked me up and took me bowling or some other activity and made me feel special. Although the above explains why I became Mormon, it has little to do with why I am still Mormon. I had a period where I became separated from the church due to my lack of activity in it. It was a searching time. This occurred particularly after high school and I experienced much of what the world has to offer. Not long before turning 19, I had a singular experience. It came after a great deal of fasting and prayer. It was very spiritual and occurred over a period of a couple of months. I came away from the experience changed. I no longer wondered about the church or had thoughts about how it was probably good for me. My knowledge became solid. Spiritually, I came to an undeniable realization that the Book of Mormon is true! Along with that came the knowledge that Joseph Smith was a prophet. Because I know these things, I know what is required of me and why I am here on the earth at this time. Along with my realization of the truth of these things came a passion to tell others. Fortunately, the church provided an opportunity for me to share my passion and I was called to serve a mission in California. I loved those two years immensely. I am a Mormon because I know this church is true!

How I live my faith

This church provides many opportunities for service. Currently, I serve with three other men by conducting some our meetings that are designed to teach men how to become better husbands and fathers. I have the opportunity to teach this group in a sunday school type setting 3-4 times per year. Additionally, I have an assignment to visit 3 families each month and inquire into their well being and provide assistance when needed. In the past, I have worked with youth in scouting.

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

Jim
When the missionaries come to visit, they will share their faith over a period of several visits. They will explain how the church was restored. They will explain the struggle that Joseph Smith had when he was 14 years old and trying to decide which church to join and how his search was answered with a series of heavenly manifestations that culminated in his being called as a latter day prophet and restoring Christ's church. They will explain the health code referred to as the word of wisdom. This teaching is normally done by two nineteen to twenty year old young men that are clean cut, wholesome and dressed in suits. It may be young women twenty-one or so years old that are wholesome and modestly dressed. Show more Show less