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Hi I'm Jim

I'm a native Californian, a decent guitar player, a husband, father, grandfather, former Marine, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in California. My mother's family has been in the Church since the beginning my father joined the Church thru my mother. Dad was a chicken farmer and I grew up working hard. I began playing music professionally in my mid-teens, and pretty much fell away from the Church. At 18, I joined the Marine Corps and served with the infantry in Vietnam, and afterwards served two years in Europe with the Marine Support Bn. When I was 29, I met my beloved wife, fell completely in love at first sight, and knew I was going to marry her. However, she wasn't going to have a thing to do with me unless I started going to church again. So, that's what I did, and have been going ever since. She is the best thing that ever happened to me, and she's mine forever. We're in our forth decade of marriage and it gets better every day. We have five kids, and our eleventh grandchild is on the way.

Why I am a Mormon

I know that this is the Lord's church. I've felt too much, seen too much, and experienced too much to doubt it. I had an experience in Vietnam, during Operation Dewey Canyon. It was a mess. People were being killed every day, young men I knew well. I remember being under attack by Sappers (suicide troops) and honestly believing I was going to die. I prayed that I would die well, because that's what I believed was going to happen. Anyway, something happened - something amazing and unforgettable - something life-changing. Because of what happened, I promised Him that, someday, I'd straighten out my life. I did, and I'll never go back. I am a Mormon, and I'm going to do my best to live up to that name for as long as I live, and afterward.

How I live my faith

When I wake up each morning, I pray that I'll be given the opportunities to do some good, and that I'll recognize those opportunities and act on them. I try very hard to live like the Savior showed us. I try very hard to purge out my imperfections (which are many) and do what the Lord wants me to do. And, as I do that, I can see things around me change and bend for my good and the good of my family. It's incredible how that works. I speak often in church meetings, and I always tell people: if you live the commandments of our Lord, you'll be happy. If you don't, you won't. By nature, I'm not a very friendly guy. But, as I live my religion and do my volunteer work, I forget how much I don't like people and begin to truly love them. That's what living my religion does for me - it makes me very, very happy.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

To me, the fact that I don't drink, etc., is just a given - something I don't even think about anymore. The important thing, to me, is how we treat each other, how honest we are, how dedicated we are to doing good. That, I think, is our lifestyle. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

They'll tell you this is the Lord's Church, and you can believe it - because it's true. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

I didn't serve a mission. I joined the Marines instead. During my adult life, I've held many positions of responsibility in the Church. The fact that I didn't serve a mission has never been brought up nor held against me in any way. But, if I had to do it again, I'd behave myself and go on a mission. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

I love the Bible, and believe it's teachings. The Bible is the history of the Lord's Church in the old world. The Book of Mormon is the history of the Lord's Church is the new world. Of course we believe in the Bible. Show more Show less