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Hi I'm Jim

I'm a Mormon. I'd love to share with you what I know to be the greatest gifts from our Heavenly Father and his Son, Jesus Christ.

About Me

I've been married for 26 years to my best friend and I have four great children that have made me a very proud father. My two sons have served missions where they were privileged to share the restored gospel of Jesus Christ with some of the children of our Heavenly Father. My two beautiful daughters have learned the wonderful lessons of the young women's program and they are the sparkles of my eye and I am blessed to witness their growth in the gospel. I travel during the day for my work and so I am able to come across many different types of people. But what I enjoy most is that I know that at the end of my day I will be home with my family and that I'll be around people whom I love and that love me too. I've also had the opportunity to travel around the world and I've found that the restored gospel exists everywhere. It is a wonderful thing that the gospel gives us, a knowledge that our Heavenly Father has a plan, through Jesus Christ, where he's made a way for us to be able to return to his presence. It's available to everyone who will step up and take upon themselves the name of Jesus Christ and follow his teachings and example. It's about family and being with people you love and that love you too. What an awesome plan. There is no better way.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up on a farm, had 6 older sisters and I was raised in the church. Growing up I was always told that I was going to go on a mission. My dad joined the church whe he was 13 in 1924 and he never went on a mission. My mom joined the church when she was 32. She understood the importance of missionary work. I was going to be my parent's first missionary. Well when I was in high school, I had decided that I wanted to play college football and so I wasn't planning on going on a mission. But when I went away to school and I got away from what I thought to be a lot of pressure, I realized that going on a mission was the "right" thing to do. I made my mind up and like it or not, I was going to go on a mission, because it was the right thing to do. Going back to how important my family is, the gospel of Jesus Christ is all about the family and how we can be together forever. The opportunity to be with my family forever gives me the greatest of joy. I pray that we can all keep our focus and that we can reach our goal. President Monson put it best when he recented shared in the Ensign, "When we have sampled much and have wandered far and have seen how fleeting and sometimes superficial a lot of the world is, our gratitude grows for the privilege of being part of something we can count on home and family and the loyalty of loved ones. We come to know what it means to be bound together by duty, by respect, by belonging. We learn that nothing can fully take the place of the blessed relationship of family life. I know this restored gospel of Jesus Christ is true and that it offers us the way to be with our families together and that's what I want for me and my family. I'm grateful that we have a living prophet who receives guidance and direction from our Heavenly Father. I know that my Redeemer, Jesus Christ lives and that he gave his life for me. I know these to be true. For these things I'm grateful and I say this in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

How I live my faith

I was born and raised in a small farming community. Moved away for college, to get married, start a family and work for nearly 19 years. We finally decided that it was time to move to my home town so our kids could be raised in a town that was big on family, tradition and had a solid LDS community. It was one on the best decisions we've ever made. Our kids have grown up with the kids of my friends that I grew up with. They have grown up with other LDS kids and have had strength in numbers and the LDS church has a strong presence in our community. They have been there to support one another and it has been a great place to raise our children. We've been close to our families and our kids were able to get to know their grandparents, which has been a blessing and an opportunity to give back. You realize how much your parents have done for you when you start doing things for your parents. It's a great thing that I will be eternally grateful for. Like I said earlier, it is the best decision we've ever made. It's also been a wonderful thing to be involved in our children's lives. As a young men's leader in church, its been priceless to be able to go camping and go on different activities with them and to see them grow and develop their own testimonies. Now to watch our daughters progress while having their mother as one of their young women's leader has been another blessing from heaven. Serving In the church has blessed our family and myself beyond anything we could measure. It is something that I know to be the "right" thing to do. It has helped our kids learn to appreciate the things that they have and to truly be grateful for their testimonies and the blessings they've been given. The gospel has brought so much joy into our home and I just can't see it not being apart of my life. I know life is hard and it comes with many trials and hardships but life with the understanding of the gospel makes life's difficulties much less difficult.