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Hi I'm Jim

Pro wrestler, game store owner, and a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

About Me

I owned a hobby shop for five years that sold everything from Dungeons and Dragons to video games. I sold and promoted games at the largest gaming conventions in the country. I also had the opportunity to play-test some of the best games that came out during that time. I even made my own board game that has sold at first in eight countries, and now across the world. I later became a professional wrestler for five years. It was a tough road, more mentally than physically if you can believe it. I ended up good enough to have the opportunity to wrestle some WWE wrestlers. I am currently a college student studying communication at Brigham Young University in Idaho.

Why I am a Mormon

It's a surprising move to become a convert to the church after railing against organized religion for so long. One day, I went to buy a Bible to understand it, partially to consider it, but mainly to gain more "ammo" to argue against it. On the way home, I found two missionaries walking by my neighborhood. I jokingly thought to myself, "Well, I just paid $25 for this Bible, these guys will give me a free book!" Somewhat grudgingly, knowing they would want to come over and visit, I went up to them and introduced myself. I started to study the Bible and The Book of Mormon in tandem. Soon, I began truly wanting to understand more, both because I liked what I heard, but also because I was a bit worried about who and what these guys were all about. A lot of people have a lot of things to say about the Mormons. I found out through my own study that most of what anyone had ever said about them is false or, at the very least, misinformed. Therefore, I kept studying, up to two hours a day sometimes. Some of it reading the scriptures, some of it bouncing around on the net and looking at both sides of the coin. A year and almost ten missionaries later, I was what they call a “dry” Mormon, I went to church all the time, but was unbaptized. I almost thought they were going to grab a Gatorade bucket and baptize me someday soon. One day, one the missionaries asked me what I had against getting baptized. It made me think hard on the spot. I knew that the things within the gospel and scriptures and the way the Latter-Day Saint do things were true and righteous. My agnostic side, however, still clung to the idea that it was crazy to believe, literally, that any of these events in the scriptures were true. From Joseph Smith in the sacred grove to Jesus Christ walking on water, healing the sick, and being resurrected, the idea of “knowing its true” like so many Mormons say on the pulpit, was too much for me.

How I live my faith

But If I really felt that way, why did I keep going to church for a year and enjoy it so much? The answer was simple. At first, I was researching the church to find flaws in it and to find out it was a fraud. Later, I was investigating it to defend it. I wanted it to be true, even if I could not prove anything. That is the basis of faith, which I was gaining a little at a time. My favorite chapter in the Book of Mormon is Alma 32. In it, it talks about this idea; “And now as I said concerning faith—faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things; therefore if ye have faith ye hope for things which are not seen, which are true.” If we absolutely knew that God existed, life on Earth would be a lot different. Who would sin against another with that kind of knowledge? Even the most religious of us still sin, because we all doubt, every one of us, and that is when we fail, both ourselves and each other. Alma 32 goes on to say; “But behold, if ye will awake and arouse your faculties, even to an experiment upon my words, and exercise a particle of faith, yea, even if ye can no more than desire to believe, let this desire work in you, even until ye believe in a manner that ye can give place for a portion of my words.” It is this desire to believe what the gospel teaches, that is key. Even if it is only for the ideas presented and not the literal events that motivate your heart and soul, so be it. I cannot tell you that the gospel is true. I can tell you I want it to be. I challenge you to take it upon yourself to find out the same. Meet with the missionaries. Go to the church. Engage in the gospel. Take a little back home with you each time. But remember this story as you investigate the church, it might just save you a year.

What is faith?

Jim
This is a BIG one to understand am I am glad you asked! Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hope is the key word here. Sure, we have every right to think that there may not be anything after this life. Death is rather convincing. However, there is no proof, in either direction that there is, or is not, an afterlife. But I'll bet you HOPE for one right? I can also tell you what faith is NOT. Faith is not to know with absolute certainty that God exists or that there is an afterlife. There is a story on the Book of Mormon about a man who believed so much that the "veil" what stops us from knowing the truth was lifted and seen God. It is said that he now no longer had faith, since he knew with certainty. In both the Bible and the Book of Mormon, there is talk about letting one's faith grow slowly, not having a perfect knowledge of everything. In other words, if you investigate the church and like it, but still wonder, or even doubt, that certain events happened. Don't worry about it too much! but by all means keep looking into it! Take what you know is true and run with it. Keep going to church, get baptized, get involved. Show more Show less