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Hi I'm Jim

I'm a high school choir director and became a member of the church at age 27.

About Me

My name is Jim. For the past 27 years I have been able to work in a job I love, that of choir director. I have taught at the high school and college/university level during that time a love sharing music with my students and our audiences I am married and a father of 3 beautiful children. I am also a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have been a member for the last 23 years. I love a lot of different music, playing with my kids, teaching, running/walking, movies, sports, yard work, and auto racing.

Why I am a Mormon

When I first began to teach high school choir I was impressed with the LDS kids who were always so helpful, respectful and happy. I hadn't really had contact with members of the LDS Church, but I had quite a few kids in this first job of mine and they were different. Years went by and I was struggling with my view of religion. I grew up as a faithful Catholic, but had many questions after I began to become an adult. I ended up dating a girl who was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was beautiful, fun to be with and she could really sing! We continued to date and became serious about our relationship. I let her know that no matter how much I enjoyed being around her I was never going to become a Mormon. The Mormom church was too strange. We did decide to share our churches with each other and for a while we would go to the LDS church for an hour or so and then go across the street to the Catholic church and attend mass there. Although both churches had fantastic members I began to notice the differences in the churches and how I felt in both places. There was a different positive feeling in the LDS church that I hadn't experienced before. Eventually she asked me if I would be willing to take the missionary discussions so that I could better understand the LDS church. I said I would, but asked her not to get her hopes up that I would join. Well after the 2nd of 6 discussion I was blown away by the doctrine that the missionaries shared with me and with a sense of positive bewilderment I accepted their invitation to be baptized. This didn't sit well with my Catholic family, but they have been supportive of my decision. That girl who introduced me to the church became my wife and we have been married for nearly 22 years.

How I live my faith

One of the many things that I like about my church is that the church is run by all of us through the priesthood. From the Bishop of our ward to the newest baby, we are a giant family. We all hold callings that make things work. Over the past 23 years I have held callings such as Primary chorister or piano player, organist, ward choir director, Deacon advisor in the Young Men's Organization, 2nd counselor in the High Priest Group Leadership, Primary classroom teacher and other positions. I have always been a home teacher as all members of the priesthood are. This calling is one of the things that really impresses me about the church. We are assigned families who we watch over and help. We are there to support them and share church lessons with them. My family loves visits from our home teachers. They bring the Spirit into our home and it is such a positive experience when we are visited. The ward helps families move in or out of homes, provides financial or food help when needed and is always supportive. I have learned so much in church and am still amazed at how the Book of Mormon compliments the Old and New Testaments and helps to focus some of the issues that are somewhat vague in the Bible. On a personal level, I try to live my life so that Heavenly Father is pleased with me. I try to live in such a way that Jesus Christ's tremendous sacrifice was not in vain. He is my Saviour and I try to be like him. I fall short every day, but I try again the next day. Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-days Saints has been a blessing to me and my family. It has influenced all areas of my life in a positive manner. I am glad that I made the choice to join the church.