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Hi I'm Jim Abrams

I'm a native Californian and love my family and grandchildren. I'm also a Mormon!

About Me

 I'm a convert to the Church for over 40 years and have spent most of my career in the high-tech industry. My wife and I have four children between us - two boys and two girls - and six grandchildren - four girls and two boys. We enjoy traveling, spending time with our grandchildren and working with others as they grow in the gospel and also as they traverse life's path. We are both retired and yet are busier than we have ever been when we were "working," but love being together as a family and look forward to the adventures of each new day.

Why I am a Mormon

 I come from an interesting heritage my father followed the Jewish faith and my mother came from a strong Catholic background. We attended several churches while I was growing up but none of these were either agreeable to my parents or seemed to be "right" for our families and personal faith. We believed in Christian tenets and mostly followed those holidays. As a teenager, I followed and believed in lots of scientific principles and proofs, and yet still believed that there was a "force" that surpassed - but was connected to - scientific laws. While going to college, I met and was attracted to a girl who seemed very different from other girls her age. She was always cheerful, honest, loving, outgoing and represented a lot of things that I wanted to have in my life. It turned out that she was Mormon and her dad was a local Bishop. It was easy to listen to her and the missionaries as they shared the background of the LDS faith and the story of Joseph Smith. At an analytical level, it would be easy to dismiss the notion of a 14 year old boy praying in a field and claiming to receive a Heavenly visitation, but when I got down on my knees and prayed - something I had not done with sincere intent for quite some years - I received an extremely strong affirmation that what I had been taught was true. It was something you don't read or acquire from textbooks...the Spirit affirms in a way that's special and unique. I have received spiritual affirmations several times in the ensuing years, and even through a period of time when I chose to not attend Church, I never lost my testimony of its truthfulness. Life is not always pleasant or easy, but I know for a certainty that no matter what I choose to do, the LDS Church is the Lord's Church and those that follow it's counsel and obey the commandments might not always find temporal relief but will qualify for eternal blessings beyond our wildest dreams.

How I live my faith

 I have had the privilege of having several "callings" in the Church. I take each of these as opportunities to not only grow personally, but to grow in understanding, knowledge and service to others. I enjoy any form of teaching since the preparation work allows me to gain more knowledge in the process. We also try to provide various levels of volunteer and community service, sometimes as part of the LDS functions and sometimes just on our own. We try to be good examples but we don't try too hard...just following the principles of the Gospel seems to invite others to do the same.