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Hi I'm Jim

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

 I am 59 years old, married for 31 years with 6 children and 8 grandchildren with 2 more grandchildren ready to join us in 2011. I was an engineer for CG&E, Cinergy and Duke Energy for 31 years working that whole time in my home town of Cincinnati, Ohio. I am semi retired working anywhere from 5-30 hours a week as a project manager for a midsized engineering firm. I love being outside and making or fixing things. I have collected all kinds of junk from my Father, Grandfather and Uncle that my wife gives me a hard time about keeping. BUT!! when something needs fixed and I have just the right part in my collection of junk she does not complain. One of my greatest joys in life has been coaching my boy’s baseball teams. One of the most difficult things in my life right now is having my kids and grandkids live so far away. I am a convert to the church. 36 years ago my best friend was contacted by the missionaries as they went through the phone book calling people on a rainy day. They told him they had a message about families and he invited them to come to their home. After their first visit he was impressed by what he heard and invited them back. Knowing that I was interested in religion, having taught religion in another church for 3 years, he invited me to come to his home and listen to the missionaries. The only reason I did this was so I could find out what was wrong with the Mormon Church and teach it to my class I was hoping to teach. When the missionaries and the stake missionary that came with them left that night, the stake missionary told them not to waste their time with me. I was a hopeless case. I am thankful the missionaries did not pay attention to that Stake missionary. Five 5 months later I was baptized into the church. When I was baptized the missionaries promised me I would not need to go on a mission because I was too old. But much to my surprise the Lord had other plans. About a year after I was baptized I felt a strong impression that I was suppose to go on a mission. At the same time my Bishop and Stake President were trying to figure out if I should go on a mission. So they wrote to President Kimball and asked him what I should do. On a Sunday after church I asked my bishop if I could talk to him for a few minutes. I told him my dilemma and he told me they had written the prophet and had just received a reply. The reply was one sentence, “Every worthy young man should serve a mission” Six months later I quite my job as an engineer at a consulting firm, sold everything I owned and went on my mission to California. I have never regretted going on my mission. Up to that point in my life it was the smartest thing I ever did. The blessings I received are beyond measure. But what could I expect, the Lord said, “ I the Lord am bound when you do what I say…” D&C 8210. I know this is true. I have put Him to the test. One week after I returned from my mission I met my wife. Two weeks after I got back from my mission I got a job and asked my wife to marry me on our second date. And the Lord has never stopped watching over us and our children. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints IS Gods kingdom on earth. We are guided and directed by a living prophet today. I know these things are true just as assuredly as I am sitting here typing these words. I know these things to be true not because those missionaries told me they were true, but because the Holy Ghost has born witness of it to me in my heart and in my mind. If you don’t believe it, try it. I guarantee you will like it.  

Why I am a Mormon

 When I was in high school I participated in a service project in downtown Cincinnati. The church I attended was fixing up an old building to make it into a used clothing store. It started with one adult, Bill, and about 7 or 8 of us young men. Soon the others lost interest and it was just Bill and my self/ One day as we were driving down Central Parkway on our way home Bill said to me, “Jim, don’t you just have this warm feeling inside telling you we have been doing what the Lord wants us to do? I did feel it. I knew what I was doing was the right thing. I searched for that feeling again as I did other things in my church and in other churches but never really had the same experience. Then the missionaries were brought into my life and after listening to their message I felt the same feeling and I knew it was true. I can say I did not really want it to be true but I could not deny that feeling I had. So after struggling with the discontent of my parents and siblings I decided I needed to do what the Lord told me to do.

How I live my faith

 Most every day I start my day by kneeling down to pray and studying the words of both the ancient and modern day prophets . My morning prayers are really my time to plan and ponder with the Lord what he would have me to do. It is a time for me to get direction on Family, church and work. I do believe the Lord when he said that all things were spiritual unto him. As I do this I take notes. I often tell people that when my boss calls I grab a paper and pencil to write down what he tells me to do. Well, when we are on our knees we are in the Heavenly Father’s office and he is talking to us. I do not think he minds if we take the time to write down what he tells us to do. Then I try to do what he tells me. As I have followed this pattern the Lord has blessed my life and the lives of my family. It takes a little time and effort but the blessings are worth it. One thing I am trying to do is reach out to the community through my involvement in the Boy Scouts of America. I am an adult leader in their National Youth Leadership Training Program. It is great fun working with the young men and helping them to grow in leadership skills.