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Hi I'm Jim

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of 5 with 2 married children and no grand children (yet). I married my best friend, and we still are. I love the outdoors, though I don't get there enough. I find it relaxing to work on my cars in the garage with my music playing (rock & roll). I love to go on road trips. I like playing games, it doesn't really matter which ones. I also like to read (I prefer non-fiction but enjoy some fiction). I really enjoy good movies. In my professional life I work in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Most people don't know what that is. I've told my family just to say "computer mapping." I spend a lot of time serving people in my church.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised a Mormon and my family has mormon roots that go way back. As a child and teenager, being a mormon presents lots of opportunities for fun. It also contributes a lot to creating strong family ties. I loved my parents and siblings. When my older brother left to serve a mission in Italy I knew that one of my passages to manhood would be to follow in his footsteps. I did, and it was truly a life changing experience. It was early in my mission that I really read the Book of Mormon for the first time. The spiritual witness I had of its truth confirmed the things I had been taught in my youth about the book and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It was during this time that I also came to know Christ as my personal Savior. After that, there was no looking back.

How I live my faith

I served many years teaching Sunday School lessons to the children and youth in my church. Later I had the opportunity to serve on a leadership council that oversaw the local church affairs of aproximately 4000 latter-day saints. That was a very spiritual experience as I witness inspired leaders lead my fellow members. Presently I am the leader of a group of the older gentlemen in my local congregation. Our responsibilities include visiting other members and looking after the welfare of the single women in our congregation.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

I have a strong testimony of being saved by grace. I have made many misakes in my life. Some of them clearly were such that I could never fully make up for all thier consequences. I once heard it compared to scattering the contents of a down pillow in the wind. No matter how hard one might try, there is no getting all the feathers back. It is clear to me that only the love and grace of a perfect Savior could compensate for my imperfecions. Show more Show less