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Hi I'm Jim

I grew up in the Saint Paul Minnesota area, I am a full-time firefighter, and have a small tree service business. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've worked as a professional firefighter for the last 17 years &currently drive a 100' ladder truck. During my first years I was trained in the rope rescue program. This rope training opened up the opportunity to start a small tree service business which I've done for the last 13 years. I'm married, and the father of 5 children, ages from 2 to 18 years old. They are the source of tremendous joy in my life, and cause me to devote much more of my effort to live a Godly life. My wife, children and I enjoy spending a lot of family time together. We planted a garden a few years ago so that we could teach our children to enjoy working and being self-reliant. It is also good discipline and an object lesson, because if we don't weed regularly enough the weeds will take over the vegetables and hinder their production. We also can see that in our spiritual, education, & physical lives as well. I have always enjoyed fixing things around the house. I try to tackle most jobs, whether its electrical, plumbing, carpentry, or moderate automotive. I'm okay with the results most of the time. But, I've always been intimidated with pulling an engine apart, until two years ago when I made a new friend. He took me under his wing and we successfully tore apart an engine and put it back again twice. OK the first time I had problems, but it ended up a success. My 18 yer old daughter taught me to write a six word memoir and I came up with, "Life's tough, get over it, Smile!" ;-)

Why I am a Mormon

I'm the youngest of 7 children and was raised in the church in a family of mixed activity in church attendance and belief. I saw early that there is great protection from terrible suffering by active belief and obedience to God. When one lives contrary to Gods teaching they become trapped in many ways, and lose their confidence that they can come back even though they know it will make them happy. I've been so blessed to see that serving God with all of your heart, might, mind, and strength produces in people such profound strength, confidence and goodness that I have desired that path all of my life. These great people who's example I've seen have given me hope that even though I mess-up I still have the confidence to keep coming back to be forgiven and receive God's power through active worship that He will help me overcome all of my problems. weaknesses, and doubts. I love and respect people of all faiths. There are so many that live such great examples of a Godly life. These wonderful people provide me motivation to improve my level of worship. I'm blessed to know them. I enjoy learning about why they believe the things they do. It is very interesting to me that through these conversations I am always strengthened in my conviction that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is God's church on earth to perform the great work of preparing the people of the earth for the second coming of Jesus Christ. The most important truth I find in this religion is the description of God the Father and His son Jesus Christ. That they are real individuals in whom I'm related to. God is my father also. Jesus Christ is my brother. Jesus as my brother came to show me how to worship our Father and return to him cleansed from the effects of sin. This very personal God and Christ helps me believe in them much more fully. The next most important truth is, by that obedience to God through Christ I am saved. God gave me the ability to choose Him or suffer.

How I live my faith

One of the most spiritual aspects in active church living is service opportunities. Christ showed us the way through his life. He came to serve! So we too sacrifice time and money to help build the faith and relieve the suffering of others. By this we come to love those we serve and become filled with Christ's love and strength. I have been blessed to serve the youth ages 12-18. At this time I serve regionally as a consular in a youth ministry presidency. There are 12 congregations scattered throughout north eastern Minnesota, North western Wisconsin, and Thunder Bay Canada. We help train local youth leaders and organize large youth events. We organize dances at least three times each year, a yearly multi-day youth conference, winter play days, and spiritual trainings (they even like them). It is fantastic to see the youth get converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ and make the hard but liberating choices to live Gods standards and avoid the bad things of this world. I'm also a part of a men's organization. We fellowship each other, teach each other, and have opportunities to serve each other. They are a strength to me and a source of brotherly fun! We have also organized sports teams and competed in leagues together. I also have accepted the assignment to visit four families in our congregation. The assignment is to call them and visit them to make sure they are happy and find out if they have any needs. I'm also asked to give a spiritual message once a month. They have become my friends, and I pray for them often. I also have one of the men assigned to my family and he has blessed my family, helped me make home repairs, and has been there in emergencies when I couldn't leave my fire department duties.