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Hi I'm Jim Brown

I'm a coal miner I like to play guitar I'm a Mormon

About Me

I am a husband and a father of six. I am a mine engineer. Most all of the male members of my extended family were coal miners. My father, most of my uncles, my grandfathers and at least one great grandfather and probably more. I suppose before that most of them were farmers. My mother loved music. She loved to sing and did play and sing till the day she died. She was only 15 when she had me. Sometimes people thought she was my sister. It was only natural for me to develop a love for music myself. After mom showed me a few chords on the guitar it became a love affair for me and the instrument which I have played most of my life. It is probably what I do the most. I have fond memories of playing in bands with my mother and my aunt. They loved country music and although I grew up to like the classic rock, I still love to hear some of the old classic country on occasion. I served in the 82nd Airborne Division some 40 years ago and afterward served as a missionary for the LDS Church in Utah. I had joined the church when I was 18 years old. My wife and I have just received a call to serve in the Jamaica Kingston Mission and will begin our service there in January of 2016.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents took me to Church regularly before I was old enough to go to school. I suppose that I developed my love for the Savior during those years. I can never remember a time when I wasn't religious even when my parents moved and no longer went to Church. In the sixth grade I wrote a little essay entitled, "the 13th disciple". I wondered what it would be like to have a true Apostle of the Lord once again upon the earth and the reception. Later in high school I wrote a poem called "the stone". In the poem I viewed myself walking through a desert on a straight path. I could not veer to the right or to the left for fear that I might be devoured by desert creatures. After a period of time I came upon a large stone across the path which made it impossible to continue my journey. I pulled myself up and looked over the stone and seen on the other side a fertile valley with beautiful streams and majestic mountains in the background much like the Tetons. I could not cross over but was impressed in my mind that the day would come when the stone would be removed and I would be able to continue my journey. I read the new testament a number of times during my teen years and even attempted to go to Church for a time. I had the unique opportunity to read it without it being interpreted for me. I would carry a small copy with me everywhere even to school. I always believed there was three members of the Godhead, I was surprised to find out that the church I attended did not. I also believed there should be modern apostles and once asked my minister why we no longer had them. I was not content with the answer I received. In my senior year on what my mother would later call inspiration hill I knelled before God believing that there was a people who "knew him and knew that they knew him". I asked that he would lead me to them. In the fall of that year two elders from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints knocked on my door. I was later baptized.

How I live my faith

I am told that Abraham Lincoln once said, “God must love the common man, he made so many of them”. I try to live my religion in that fashion. I love common folk who do uncommon things. I served as a Branch President in the Church for about three years working with just that kind of people. I love people of substance, not for show, but the real deal. I have known a lot of people like that and I strive to live a life of substance although it is a simple life. I am sure I fall short but that is what I try to do. I have served as a councilor to 5 Branch Presidents and have spent a lot of time working with youth. I have a home teaching companion about 35 years my younger. We go out every week to visit families in our branch. There is no generation gap between us. We are good friends and look forward each week to sharing our love of the Savior and his teachings with those we visit. We also come together with our families weekly in a family home evening with another elderly lady in the community that goes to church with us. Since I love to play music and there isn't many places I feel comfortable playing, about once a year or so I like organizing a branch "Hootenanny" we call it. We get together a collection of musicians and wanna be actors (hams really) around the area and put together a sort of talent show. One year we did a "Rock n Roll" Christmas with people from 3 states. We invite members and those not of our faith alike to participate. I have some great memories from these events. The biggest trial of our life (me and my wife) came when we lost our 16 year old daughter in a car wreck. It was devastating for all our family and truly a trial of our faith. I personally determined at that time that I would do all in my power to live in such a way that I would be able to see our sweet girl again and not only hear what I knew would be wonderful stories from her but that I would have wonderful stories to share with her as well. This has changed my life.