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Hi I'm Jim M.

I'm a Mormon. I was baptized by my father in 1958 in Cambridge Massachusetts.

About Me

I am a 61 year old lifelong member of the Church. I have 5 grown kids and 6 grandchildren. I am also an employee of the Church in the Security Dept. at one of our temples. I enjoy making music with my wife and son, reading good books, and watching sci-fi and adventure movies. I identify a lot with younger people perhaps because I'm still a kid at heart. I love life and am open to discovering new things on the Internet.

Why I am a Mormon

Both of my grandmothers joined the Church back in the 1930's (?). As a result, I had the opportunity to be born into the Church. I have visited other churches and have a fairly good idea of what they teach, but I have come to realize that there is so much more to learn about what I feel are the three most important questions in life: Where did I come from?; Why am I here on earth?; and where do I go after death? This Church answers all three of those questions - and so much more.

How I live my faith

I have read the scriptures many times over and have had the opportunity to teach various classes at church which has helped me to learn even more about what is contained in these sacred writings. These teachings have helped me to become more centered in what I earnestly believe are positive values. I have seen many of my friends take other paths which did not seem to bring them the happiness and peace I have found by trying to live the commandments given by a loving Father in Heaven to His children.

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Jim M.
In a nutshell, I would say that Mormons have always been taught to be self-reliant. Ever since the early days of the Church, we have been taught to take care of our family's needs and then we are more equipped to help others. As we see the many natural and man-made disasters in the world around us today, it seems extremely wise to prepare for the worst, while at the same time still enjoying normal life. ("If ye are prepared, ye shall not fear"). We don't or shouldn't constantly obsess about calamities and disasters, but try instead to make preparations in case they occur. It could be a "small" event such as a temporary power outage or as "large" as a major flood or severe storm. We are also taught to share our resources even with those who did not plan ahead for whatever reason. We are strong believers in helping each other in our neighborhoods and communities. We seek to associate with people of good will who love their families and desire to live in peace and harmony with one another. Show more Show less