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Hi I'm Jim Hennig

I’m a retired professional speaker. I’m a heart transplant recipient. I have Parkinson’s disease. I’m happy. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

• I have five kids and five step-kids…who taught me a lot more than my Ph. D • I had two divorces…that taught me more than my Masters Degree • I played football at the University of Wisconsin—mostly on the bench • I was President of the 3000 member National Speakers Association • I’m a 6000+ hour pilot…and crashed only once • I owned four successful small businesses…and one not-so-successful small business • I have spoken professionally more than 1200 times to more than 60,000 people • I was awarded the Speaker Hall of Fame Award • Am an Eagle Scout…and served more than 30 years as an adult Scout Leader

Why I am a Mormon

For 26 years of my life, I did not even know there was a Mormon Church. I was satisfied with my church. Yet, there were some things I wondered about. I found a prayer in the Bible, Mark 9:24; “I believe, help my unbelief.” I prayed that simple prayer thousands of times. Soon thereafter, I moved to another state. Four of my new business associates were Mormons. I asked them, “What do Mormons believe that is different from other Christian churches? They said, “There is a living prophet on the earth today. Also, there is a book similar to the Bible, that was written by prophets on the American continent.” I said, “That is ridiculous! I don’t believe that!” They said, “The book was written in reformed Egyptian on golden plates and translated by a young prophet named Joseph Smith.” “Preposterous!” I said Then they challenged me, “But Jim, IF there was a prophet of God on the earth today…and IF there was a book comparable to the Bible, that also testifed of Jesus Christ, WOULDN’T YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT IT?” All could say was, “Yes. But I don't believe it!” “Don’t take our word for it. Study and pray about it. Get your own answer.” My initial effort was to prove them wrong…it was all just too bizarre, too unbelievable. I studied intensively for over nine months. I read every piece of anti-Mormon literature I could get. I came up with some difficult questions for my friends. To make a long story short, it eventually all fell in place…a beautiful mosaic of the plan of happiness God has for all of us. I remember how I felt at my baptism. I hoped the Church was true, I wanted it to be true, but even if it wasn't—it was the best and happiest way to live. In the 40+ years since my baptism, my experiences, my feelings, my knowledge, my inspirations are such that I no longer need to hope or want these things to be true. I know that they are true with every fiber of my being. It was the most important and meaningful discovery of my life.

How I live my faith

My faith in Jesus Christ is the most important possession I have. I try to live my faith by sharing it with others. Christ said, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations” (Matthew 38:19)…[for] “the worth of souls is great in the sight of God” (D & C 81:10). I think of the great sorrow I would feel if I would meet one of my dear friends in the hereafter, and they would say to me, “Jim, you knew that the Lord had shared additional important truths with us, AND YOU DIDN’T SHARE THEM WITH ME. WHY? DIDN’T YOU LOVE ME ENOUGH TO TELL ME?” I do love my friends and everyone I meet, and because I do, I want to share the joys of all that God has revealed to us through prophets in these latter days. God's message to the people of prophet Moses was slightly different than his message to the people Noah. God's message to the people of Isaiah was different than his message to the people of Abraham. Why? Because the challeges of their times were different. The basic truth that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer remains the same, but how we handle the circumstance of our present world requires God's guidence today. I don’t ask my friends to take my word for it. I invite them to study and pray about it for themselves, as I did. A verse in the last chapter of the book of Mormon promises: “And when you shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true: and if you shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things. (Moroni 10: 4-5)