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Hi I'm Jim

I'm a Mormon born and raised in CANADA!

About Me

I was born in a small town in Saskatchewan called Biggar. As you drive into town, there is a sign that reads "New York is Big, but this is BIGGAR!" I have been married to a beautiful woman for nearly 36 wonderful years and we have five wonderful children, three sons-in-laws, one daughter-in-law, five awesome grandsons, a feisty grand-daughter, and a daughter-in-law to be. I am a teacher and have been working with the youth for over 35 years as a teacher, basketball, volleyball, track and field coach and officiated basketball. I like to workout to stay fit, and work around our lovely home.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up not belonging to any religion. I had, however, been to many churches as whenever we lived near someone who went to a church (any church) my parents would send me with our neighbors. I met a beautiful young lady who I discovered was a "Mormon." All I knew about this faith was that Brigham Young led his people across the plains to Salt Lake City, and they practiced polygamy. This young lady was devout in her beliefs and taught me that she didn't drink tea, coffee, alcohol, smoke or do drugs. She told me this was because she believed in the Word of Wisdom. I loved this wonderful young woman and decided I would try to live "her" Word of Wisdom to see if I could even enjoy life without the substances that were a part of my life. I didn't know then, but soon discovered that there is a promise in the Word of Wisdom (Doctrine and Covenants 89) that if you obey this law, you will "...find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures." (D&C 89: 19) As the summer progressed I found myself discovering feelings and stirrings within my soul that there must be a God, that when I died I could not just be buried and decompose into the earth. There was more to existence than what I had previously considered. This led me to concent to attend Church with her, not in our home town lest anyone see me going to Church, but in the community we would both be attending unniversity in. We had hardly crossed the doorstep of the Church when two men our age approached me and introduced themselves. I was confused why both had the same first name - "Elder." They set up an appointment to teach me and on that first lesson asked if I would offer the closing prayer. I had never prayed before, let alone prayed in public. As I prayed I felt something that I had never before experienced. It was a comforting, assuring, peaceful confirmation that what I had heard was true. Soon a baptism date was set and I have felt that same confirmation of truth often as I have studied the scriptures, attended Church faithfully, and served my fellowman. I have had the very best yearss of my mortal life because of a decision to go to Church, just once!

How I live my faith

I currently serve on the High Council in our Stake a group of 12 men who help to organize and support Church members in a large geographic area. I have served in Branch Presidencies small congregations, as Branch President and Bishop larger congregations, always associated with the youth of the Church. My wife and I were also are blessed to have had young single adults 18 - 30 years old in our church community join us Monday nights for Family Home Evening - an evening where we gather to share lessons, participate in fun activities, and EAT.

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

I have learned in the past that the most effective way to stay close to the Holy Spirit and develop faith in Jesus Christ is to "pray always." Even when I have not felt like praying, I pray. I know that when I do I feel safe, closer to the Lord, and confident that I am putting myself into a position where I can receive His direction. Show more Show less