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Hi I'm Jim

I do technical support for family history software from home. My job combines my love of genealogy and computers. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married since 1974 and am the father of two adult children and have a beautiful young granddaughter. I received a degree in Communications in 1978 and for several years worked in community relations for hospitals, the US Navy and Rotary International. Born in Canada, I am a naturalized US citizen and a Vietnam vet. In 1996, at the age of 45, I returned to college to study computer science, networking and database management. My wife and I enjoy travel, musicals, and community service. My interests include photography, kite flying, my fossil collection, and astronomy. I am an avid follower of the Science Channel. I find any thing about how the universe came to be, physics, geology and paleontology fascinating. I really love that stuff.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the Church in Alaska in 1967. I was 16. I investigated the Church because I had LDS friends. I wanted the missionaries to tell me what made them special. I had no plans to join-then I read the Book of Mormon and wanted to be baptized. My non-member parents were skeptical, but gave permission. They said it was just a phase I was going through. That was over 40 years ago and I am still in the "phase." My sister died 4 months after my baptism. A week later we moved to California. It was a double blow. I was in a new high school without friends and grieving for my sister. I grew deeply depressed. One night in 1968, I went to secluded spot and knelt in prayer. I poured out my grief and my doubts to Heavenly Father. I desperately wanted to know if the Gospel was true and if the Book of Mormon was true. I hurt so much that life didn’t seem worth living if there was no purpose to it. I got no answer. I went home and knelt by my bed and prayed again, but still no answer. Eventually I fell asleep. Then I woke up in the dark, early morning hours and prayed a third time, and the answer came in a burst of indescribable love, light and knowledge that burned away all my darkness, my doubt and my despair. In the years since, I have learned for myself the truth the Savior taught "My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself" (John 7:16-17).

How I live my faith

I volunteer at our senior center and provide service in an addiction recovery program. I also enjoy teaching genealogy and helping people discover their heritage. I believe it is by the daily practice of the little things -- reading scriptures, prayer, and small daily acts of kindness and service -- that the foundation of eternal life is built brick by brick. I pray everyday that I might use the gifts God has blessed me with to help others. I am far from perfect, and when I slip up, I do my best to admit it right away and resolve to do better.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Jim
We believe that individuals who lived on the earth without the blessing being baptized by proper authority during their life on earth, can be baptized by proxy, meaning a living person may be baptized in behalf of a deceased person in a Temple. In 1 Corinthians 15:29, Paul states' "Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead?" This clearly shows that baptism for the dead was practiced in Paul's day because he cited the practice as proof of the resurrection. In fact, baptism for the dead was practiced in the ancient church until forbidden by the sixth canon of the Council of Carthage in A.D. 397. The Prophet Joseph Smith first taught about baptism for the dead during a funeral sermon in August 1840. He read much of 1 Corinthians 15, including verse 29 and announced that the Lord would permit Church members to be baptized in behalf of their friends and relatives who had departed this life. Baptism for the dead is one of the precious doctrines that are part of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Jim
I have a testimony of the "The Family: A Proclamation to the World." It is scripture because it is the word of God coming to us through an inspired Prophet, Gordon B. Hinckley, prior President of the Church, and living Apostles. It clearly states, “We believe that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God." As long as a person abstains from homosexual relations and cultivates wholesome thoughts, they worthy before God. The Church does not and will not ever condone "gay bashing." I see same-sex attraction as a special challenge to overcome in this life, and not a curse. God loves all of his children unconditionally, but that does not mean that He condones sexual relations outside the bounds of a legal marriage between a man and a woman. I bear my witness that the Atonement made by Jesus Christ is not only has the power to save us from physical death and redeem us from sin, but it also the power to transform our lives. As we yield ourselves to Christ and seek to do his will, we will find the grace and healing to deal with whatever challenges or circumstances life deals to us. Show more Show less