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Hi I'm Jim Duthie

I grew up in a small city in southern Arizona. I am a television meteorologist. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the oldest son in my family, the fourth of five children. During my childhood I worked at my father's businesses, including early-morning milk delivery, gas stations and a towing business. In school I was active in band. I play the trumpet, acting club and the school newspaper I was the editor. I went on a mission for the Church to Pennsylvania for two years. I attended college at Arizona State University and the University of Utah, where I graduated with a degree in meteorology, and have been a professional forecaster for nearly 30 years, in the private sector, on radio and on television. I met my wife while I was in college, and we've been married for 33 years. We have one son who is a college student. I love to read, watch old movies and grow flowers and vegetables in my garden. One of my big hobbies, though, is researching my family tree, especially writing the life stories and experiences of my ancestors. It has taught me that all of us aren't very different from each other -- we want to find love, happiness and security in life with our families.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I believe in Jesus Christ as my Savior and Redeemer. I know I am a child of God, our Heavenly Father. Because I know they live and are real loving beings, concerned with my eternal welfare, I know that they give me guidance in my life through the Holy Ghost, and through a living prophet here on the earth. This provides peace, comfort and security for me and my family through any challenges and trials that come up in life. I am especially grateful for temples, which allow me to participate in sacred ordinanaces that will allow my loved ones to be together as a family forever.

How I live my faith

I have had the blessing to serve in many differenct positions and callings in the Church, from a young deacon that passed the Sacrament on Sundays, to an elder serving as a full-time missionary for two years. Through the years I have served as a teacher in adult and youth classes, in organization presidencies, as a home teacher visiting and offering service to other members of my congregation, and a bishop local ecclesiastical leader of a ward or congregation. Every opportunity to serve has been very fulfilling and rewarding. The church also gives us a great deal of service opportunities, to work in a food cannery, Church-supported thrift stores, assisting other members when they move or need assistance in various other ways. There are lots of opportunities to help with world-wide humanitarian efforts, too.

What is the Law of Chastity?

Jim Duthie
We choose to live a moral life-style, abstaining from sex before marriage, and remaining faithful to our husbands or wives when we are married. It also includes striving to be free of profanity, maintaining clean thoughts and language, and dressing modestly. We want to keep close the Lord's spirit by being as clean in mind and body as we can. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Jim Duthie
 We believe that certain ordinances are necessary, according to Jesus Christ, to enjoy the fulness of God's blessings throughout eternity. But many people have died without the opportunity to receive them in this life, including the ordinance of baptism. I have had the opportunity to go to a temple and be baptized by proxy for loved ones and others who passes away without having had the opportunity to participate in these ordinances themselves. I believe that they have the opportunity in the spirit world where we go after we die to receive or reject the ordinance, and progress to enjoy eternity with God.  Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Jim Duthie
The Word of Wisdom is just that.... wise counsel. It can be considered as the Mormons' "health code". We reject the use of alcohol, tobacco, harmful drugs, and even coffee and tea, in order to keep our bodies healthy and strong. More importantly, abiding by the Word of Wisdom strengthens our character and willingness to obey the commandments of God. It is a principle adapted to "the weakest of all Saints". Show more Show less