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Hi I'm James

I'm a Mormon. I live in Utah. I have lived in California and Ontario, Canada.

About Me

I was born on Christmas Eve 1949. I am Married to JoAnn . She and I have 12 children, 29 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. I work in sales and she works as a secretary. I like to play golf and bowl, I also like to read. I also work as an ordinance worker in the Salt Lake City Temple. I am our wards Mission Leader. My wife is very involved in geneology and loves to garden. She used to live in Nebraska, Wyoming, California, and Nevada. She cooked for cowboys on a ranch before. We believe in being prepared for any emergency and have our 2 year food storage.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized a member of the church when I was 8 years old by my brother. When I was 19 years old I did a lot of soul searching and study. I followed the council found in the Book of Mormon that says when I shall receive these things I would exort you to ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ if these things are not true and He will manifest the truth of it unto you by the power of the Holy Ghost. An by the power of the Holy Ghost I may know the truth of all things. I studied and prayed. I felt a calm feeling come over me that filled my whole being. My knowledge continued to increase. I had dreams and impressions that confirmed to me that the gospel is true and that Joseph Smith is the Lords prophet who ushered in the restoration of the gospel as taught by Jesus Christ. Following the principles of the gospel as taught in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has truly blessed my life. My family enjoys loving relationships and have been promised an eternal relationship by my wife and I being married and sealed in the Salt Lake Temple for Time and all Eternity.

How I live my faith

I am the Ward Mission Leader in our Ward. I visit all the homes in the community and become better acquainted with the people. I offer help in any way they can use my services. I give priesthood blessings and attend to the needs of the sick and the needy. I give people rides to church. I am also an ordinance worker in the Salt Lake Temple. I work the Saturday evening session from 3:00pm until around 9:30 pm. I feel the spirit of the Lord very strong while serving people in the House of the Lord. I know that I am helping people receive all that the Lord wants them to have and prepare them to return to His presence.

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

James
You can find people to talk with on mormon.org or you can search www.lds.org. You can find phone numbers to local LDS ward houses found in the white pages of the phone book under Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

James
The Lord said that in my Fathers house are many mansions, I go to prepare a place for you. The apostle Paul talks about 3 degrees of glory, the Celestial is compared to the glory of the son, the Terrestial is compared to the glory of the moon, and the telestial is compared to the glory of the sun. When we die our spirit body will return to Heaven to dwel among the our ancestors in the spirit world. We will be judged by our works that we accomplished during mortality and how will we lived according to the commandments and council of Heavenly Father. We will continue to learn and progress and will eventually be assigned a kingdom of glory. If we have accepted the gospel of Jesus Christ and received all the saving ordinances of the gospel including Temple marriage, we will live with our families for all time and eternity, and will be exalted and blessed with eternal life, which is God's life and the greatest gift that he can give us. We will have all things given unto us and will become God's ourself because we will have no end and will continue to have seed. Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

James
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believes in the sanctity of human life. Therefore, the Church opposes elective abortion for personal or social convenience, and counsels its members not to submit to, perform, encourage, pay for, or arrange for such abortions. The Church allows for possible exceptions for its members when: • Pregnancy results from rape or incest, or • A competent physician determines that the life or health of the mother is in serious jeopardy, or • A competent physician determines that the fetus has severe defects that will not allow the baby to survive beyond birth. The Church teaches its members that even these rare exceptions do not justify abortion automatically. Abortion is a most serious matter and should be considered only after the persons involved have consulted with their local church leaders and feel through personal prayer that their decision is correct. The Church has not favored or opposed legislative proposals or public demonstrations concerning abortion. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

James
The priesthood is the power and authority to act in the name of God. I had hands placed upon my head by those who are authorized to preach the gospel and administer the ordinances thereof and had the priesthood confirmed upon me. Show more Show less

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

James
We believe that we are all brothers and sisters, spirit children of Heavenly Father. We therefore have a desire to show compassionate service to all people. We pay tithes and offerings to the church which goes toward helping people around the world. We fulfill humanitarian needs to countries around the world and are usually the first people to respond in the event of an emergency. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

James
The Relief Society has been established by our Heavenly Father to organize, teach, and inspire His daughters and prepare them for the blessings of eternal life by helping them increase faith and personal righteousness, strengthen families and homes, and seek out and help those in need. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

James
The Lord told Malachi to have the people bring the tithes to the store house and He would open the windows of heaven. Tithe means 10%. The Lord has blessed us with everything and askes us to give back to Him 10% for the building up of the kingdom of heaven here upon the earth. Tithing goes to help build buildings and Temples and other important needs. By paying your tithing you are living the law of obedience and sacrifice and are showing your love to the Lord by helping to build up His kingdom and further His work. Your spirituality grows as you live the law of tithing. Show more Show less