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Hi I'm Jim Murphy

I'm a Mormon. I joined the church when I was 13, was active for a month, then didn't attend for 35 years. I'm back...

About Me

I'm an aging dad, but I still think I'm younger in my head. I like the same music I listened to in high school (Jimi Hendrix, Cream), but updated to a new millinium (White Stripes, Queens of the Stone Age). I like to run; I've done a couple of marathons and the Hood to Coast Relay 8 times (after this year). I am a soccer referee. I like to cook and read. But my reading's suffered since I took up Angry Birds on my iPhone. I'm divorced and remarried with two grown kids, two grown step-kids, and a freshman daughter. We have three cats who rule the house. I work at a large electronics test equipment company in the IT department.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up without a father, mostly. My parents divorced when I was 2. When I was 13, my younger brother decided he wanted some religion. The people across the street were LDS, so he hooked up with them to go to church. I got roped into it also, because he didn't want to go by himself. We got into scouting, met with the missionaries, and were baptized after the 4th of July. A few weeks later, we went to visit our father in California for a month. When we returned, my mother had moved 30 miles away and we lost contact with the church. Fast forward many years to age 40. I had gotten divorced. I started seeing a woman who was a church member. As we got to talking about it, I told her that I used to be a member. She told me that I still was a member. We started going to church together. The missionaries came to give me the lessons that I had either forgotten about or never had, which brought me up to speed on the gospel. I've been attending church ever since with the woman, who is now my wife. I like being a member of this church because of the clarity of the gospel message and the peace and strength it brings into my life, and that of my family. The people I know from church are all solid, fantastic people that I like to be around. I llike my daughter hanging around her church friends, because I know there's less chance of her getting into trouble with them, than with the rest of the teen-agers at school.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by attending church on Sundays and helping fellowship the men my age. Most church members have jobs within the church; they're known as callings, and mine is with the group of middle-aged and older men in our congregation, also known as a ward. We meet for an hour on Sundays and discuss a gospel lesson that someone has prepared as a lesson. Sometimes we talk about how we can get involved in our community. At home, I might study scriptures, like the Bible or the Book of Mormon, or watch a church video.