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Hi I'm Jim

I'm a husband. I'm a father. I'm an award-winning pianist and a die-hard college football fan. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Emilie and I love trying to keep up with our three (and almost four) kids. We love playing games, participating in and attending musical theater, and have enjoyed making music together since the days we met in a university choir. I am an avid sports fan and have drunk the BYU football and basketball Kool-Aid for many many years. I also enjoy doing some investing, astronomy, and reading.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church but have had to form my own basis of belief as I've sought to share what is most important to me with others. I have had a number of experiences where God's Spirit has given me answers to questions I've had about the Church and my relationship to God. One of the sweetest beliefs for me of the Mormon faith is that our families can be together forever even beyond this life. As a teenager, I had a little three-year-old sister who was killed in a tragic accident. In the emotional wake of such a tragedy, I felt God's Holy Spirit comforting me as I had never felt before. I felt so strongly that what I'd always been taught about families being able to be together even beyond death was absolutely true. It was more than a mere hope. Knowing that choice blessing of seeing and being with my sister again awaits if I live worthily here and now keeps me focused on doing everything I can and then relying on Jesus' saving grace.

How I live my faith

Our family tries to put in practice those things that we're taught by holding meaningful family prayer as often as we can. This can be a challenge with three kids under age six. Attending church meetings regularly helps us to get that weekly spiritual recharge. It always comes at the right time for me. Both Emilie and I have the privilege of ministering to the boys and young men in our congregation as Scouting leaders. I try to emulate those best qualities that I see in others around me...Mormon as well as those not of my faith.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

I loved serving as a missionary in the South and being regularly asked whether we were saved by grace or works. Caught some folks off guard when I would tell them that I am saved 100% by grace. Not one of us can get there without the Savior. One of my favorite scriptures in the Book of Mormon, 2 Nephi 25:23, puts it in perspective. It's up to us to do something...and is it any wonder that the Lord asks SOME thing of us after all He has done?...but even with everything that we do for Him, we are miles and miles and miles away from the perfection He has asked of us (Matt. 5:48). That's where his perfect grace kicks in and makes up the difference. So maybe it can be said that we need to try our hardest to be worth of His grace. Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

The Bible says that eternal life is to know God and Jesus, whom He has sent. We come to know them by learning about them in the scriptures and then living like them and as they have commanded us. A huge blessing that comes from reading the scriptures is that regular venue we open up for God to be able to speak to us. Oftentimes, very direct personal inspiration can come as we open our minds to the Spirit through reading the scriptures. Show more Show less