What Is a Church Community?

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Jim

I was raised in Colorado. Made my living as a photographer and teaching photography. Now I am enjoying retirement. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up as the eldest of 5 siblings during the prosperous times of the 1950's. Our parents promoted education, participation in school, church, and community activities, diligent work, and honor in fulfilling committments. I participated in tennis, wrestling, band, and theater during high school. I earned a BA, taught Social Studies, coached wrestling, and then left teaching to work as a photographer. Eventually, I was asked by a school district to develop and teach a commercial photo program as part of their career and technical education department. I did so for 28 years while also operating my own personal portrait and wedding photography business. Now I am retired. Just before completing my BA, I married a wonderful young woman from my home town. We had 4 children, all of whom have university degrees, are married and have given us 17 grandchildren. We have had a fair share of physical, emotional, and economic struggles from which we have learned to enjoy the blessings of life daily. We certainly do not possess earthly wealth, but feel richly blessed with family and friend relationships. My wife and I both appreciate the heritage we received from our parents and ancestors. They provided positive examples of diligent effort, patriotism, family solidarity, faith in themselves and God, and endurance throughout life. We enjoy the freedom and liberty provided to us in the United States of America and pray that it may always remain.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it just seems to make good sense. The doctrine of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints clearly identifies the purpose of human life on earth. The high and firm standards of moral integrity, emphasis on family life, and service to our fellow men contribute to a happy life. Above everything else about the Church is its full acceptance regarding the reality of Jesus Christ and his role as Creator and our personal Savior. Our relationship with him now and after this mortal life is clearly defined. The “brightness of hope” the Gospel of Jesus Christ brings is astounding both for the duration of our life and then beyond the veil of death. I have been a Mormon all of my life. My mother’s ancestors were Mormon Pioneers who trekked across the plains during the 1800’s. My father joined the Church when I was a child. He did so after significant study and observation. His example had a powerful impact on me. However, I still needed firm evidence and a witness that this Church is truly the Church of Jesus Christ. That came from study of the Scriptures (The Bible and The Book of Mormon), comparison with other Churches, participation in LDS Church functions, and personal prayer. I now know and am thankful that Christ truly lives, He is our Savior, and this is His Church, led today by living Prophets.

How I live my faith

I strive to be honest in all my interaction with all people. I really try to treat other people as I want to be treated. In the Church, I accept all assignments asked of me. I have served in a variety of teaching, administrative and coordinating positions in our congregations. I have primarily worked with youth in the Church. In my family, I worked hard to provide a home and material possessions essential for our lives and to assist my wife in nurturing our four children. Through our example, we encouraged education, active participation in school, community, and church activities, and compassionate service to others. Our religion is our daily way of life – not just a Sunday worship activity. Over 30 years ago, my wife developed a serious physical paralysis which significantly affected our lifestyle. The perspective provided by the Gospel of Jesus Christ has enabled us to maintain a positive and happy attitude regarding our life. My wife and I strive to apply the principles taught in the Church to every aspect of our lives.

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

I have found multiple benefits or blessings from reading the scriptures. They are a source of knowledge, perspective, inspiration and guidance. They answer questions about why I am living, the purpose of the struggles and challenges of life, where I came from before my birth, and where I am going after death. The scriptures provide a moral foundation for my personal life and my interaction with other people. They show how God interacts with men and are a historical record of various groups of people. I can draw strength from the courageous examples of various individuals whose lives are recorded. I can avoid foolish choices illustrated in the lives of others. I find hope for now and the future through knowing that life continues beyond the grave. While reading the scriptures, I often find my mind is filled with thoughts about how to deal with the current challenges I am facing even though they may not be directly related to the specific topics in the scriptures. I have also discovered that the scriptures have multiple layers of meaning. Subsequent readings bring new meaning and understanding. Reading scriptures helps me appreciate the great effort and sacrifices made by previous generations to preserve the Word of God. As I read, I am filled with a strong sense that God genuinely loves and cares for each individual person on earth. There really is a plan and purpose to this earthly experience. Show more Show less