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Hi I'm Jim.

I'm a husband, father, stepfather, grandfather, Mormon - a normal person like you.

About Me

I am a father of 7, stepfather of 2, grandfather of 28, and husband to the kindest, most compassionate woman in the world. I am a safety manager for a building materials distribution company. I love baseball, music, home repair, and helping others. I am a regular guy like you, trying hard to provide for my family and to live an honest and decent life. I grew up in in the Midwest, but have called Atlanta, Georgia my home for over 40 years. I was taught the value of hard work and to always do my best by loving parents who did the best they could for me, just like I try to do for my children. I grew up in another faith, but was disillusioned by those who did not live their faith all the time. So I quit attending and went without God in my life for several years. I joined the Mormon church when I was 26. It was the best decision I ever made. The missionaries taught me, the members befriended me, and I learned the Lord loved me. Because of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I have the family I have, I live a good, happy and meaningful life, and I have promises of an eternal life with my family, my Father in Heaven, and my savior Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I had a brief experience with Mormon missionaries when I was 15 living in Illinois with my family. We learned about the founder of the Church, Joseph Smith, the gold plates, and even went to see one of the local church buildings. I was favorably impressed, even though our family didn't pursue joining. That experience prepared me to strike up a conversation with the missionaries riding bicycles years later in Birmingham, Alabama where I was working. I invited them to my apartment, fed them, and in return was taught about Christ and His church. They taught me how He organized His church then, how it disappeared when the apostles died off, and how it was restored with the help of heavenly ministrations to the Prophet Joseph Smith. When they told me the Church was organized with apostles and prophets as in Christ's time, it made perfect sense to me. As I studied more, I realized that Joseph Smith couldn't have written the Book of Mormon himself, let alone translated the Book of Mormon like he said he did in less than two months, unless he truly had divine help. Time and again since I joined the Church, I have had the Spirit bear witness to me that God lives, that Jesus is the Christ, that his church has been restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith, and that the Lord loves me. I have had it burned into my heart as I have sung the hymns of the Church, borne my testimony, listened to the testimony of others, and served others. It's all true. That's why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I serve in the Church like most everyone does. My particular job is to teach and help spiritually lift those in need in our congregation. This isn't always easy, but it is always rewarding - especially when someone improves their life by turning their life over to Jesus Christ. I am also assigned to minister to several families in my congregation, teaching them the gospel and helping them with their everyday needs. At various times through the years I have also been a Boy Scout leader, a nursery worker, and a Sunday School teacher. I pray morning and night and try to read my scriptures every day. I find that when I diligently do those things, I am closer to the Lord and am more in touch with what He wants me to do. I pray with my wife, too, each day, so we both can be blessed. I love to serve, whatever the task. With other Mormons I have traveled to Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana to help after hurricanes, tornadoes and floods. We have served locally with others in sprucing up our local downtown area and in cleaning up a local cemetery. I hope to one day serve a mission with my wife, going wherever the Lord wants us to go and doing whatever He wants us to do.

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Christ is the perfect example of how we should treat one another. He showed us how to love unconditionally, to forgive, to inspire and build up, to serve one another. When I exercise my faith in Him, I have a greater desire to be like Him. When I partake of the sacrament each Sunday, it reminds me how I should live throughout the week. My faith in Him grows. As I work and interact with my wife and children and others, I grow in my ability to see them as sons and daughters of God and to love them as the Savior would. Show more Show less