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Hi I'm Jim Landoe

I married the girl of my dreams in 1973. We are very happy. I am a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I have five children and soon to be 14 grandchildren. I am a retired small business owner. I chose self employment because I entered the workforce during a recession when jobs were hard to come by. I had a wife and small family to support. We prayed for an idea that would provide for us. Heavenly Father answered our prayers. Our needs have been met all our married life.

Why I am a Mormon

While dating, I wondered about my purpose in life. Why am I here? What am I supposed to be learning? I prayed. A feeling of love and joy entered my heart. I knew beyond a doubt that God lived and that Jesus Christ knew me. He loved me and had taken my sins upon Himself. I wanted to worship Him. But where? How? We attended different churches. We loved the way the Pentecostals. praised the Lord. That is how we felt. We enjoyed the Lutheran and Presbyterian churches we were raised in. I visited with a Catholic Priest. We couldn't find the joy I had felt in Christ, anywhere. We married in the Presbyterian Church. We were in love, and felt our marriage should be forever. We wrote "Till Death Do Us Part" out of our vows. We saw ruins in Mexico on our honeymoon. We heard the legend of Quetzalcoatl who appeared at the time of Christ and taught the people things that helped make their civilization great. Passing through Salt Lake City, we learned Mormons believed Quetzalcoatl was really Jesus Christ who had visited the Americas as predicted in John 10:16. They suggested we read The Book of Mormon and pray to know if it is true. We did, and felt a conviction that it is. It told of Christ's visit to the Americas. With the Bible, it testifies that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer. Mormons believed that marriage and family can be forever, which had a strong appeal to us. We were baptized because God answered our prayer with a loving Spirit that we couldn't deny. I believe He will do the same for anyone who asks God sincerely if the Book of Mormon is true. I believe there is truth in every church. I want to embrace it wherever I find it. I believe the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, encompassing all truth, has been restored to the earth in these last days through the prophet, Joseph Smith. Our God is not a God of confusion. He has given authority to act in His name to this church. God speaks through a living prophet today as anciently.

How I live my faith

Leslie and I pray and read the Scriptures nearly every day. We enjoy each others company, and spend much time together. We enjoy spending time with family and friends. Serving in the Church is one way we show our devotion to the Savior and our fellow man. Looking for opportunities to share the good news of salvation is another. We have children who have chosen to live outside the faith we have embraced. We love them and support their desire to pursue their own path as they see fit. We feel the same way about our friends and neighbors. We hope their decisions bring them much joy. We have many enjoyable conversations with our good neighbors and believe that our friendships will continue in eternity. Membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps us to learn and grow in ways we hadn't considered before baptism. Education is important. The Church teaches that the Glory of God is intelligence. The Lord expects us to rise, to be successful so that we can help our fellow man. Living our faith, serving, gives us skills that help prepare us for opportunities in a natural way. We can be effective instruments in the hand of the Lord to accomplish His work.

In whom should we have faith?

Jim Landoe
Our faith is centered in Jesus Christ. He said "If ye love me, keep my commandments." As we strive to be faithful to the teachings of Jesus Christ, we feel His divine approval. When we pray, we exercise faith in Him, and close our prayers in the name of Jesus Christ. The name of our church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, signifying Christ at the head of our church in these, the latter days. Without Him, there would be no hope, no Redemption, no Atonement and no Eternal Life. Because of Him, all these things are available to all of God's children. We need but ask and exercise faith in His Son, our Savior. His timing is not always our timing. But the promise is that "All things work together for good to those who love God and are called according His purposes." Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Jim Landoe
The Law of Chastity states that intimate relations are reserved for the bonds of marriage. After marriage, one should not allow themselves to even think of anyone other than their beloved. Breaking the law of chastity can result in divorce and disappointment that can affect children of that union for the rest of their lives. Living the Law of Chastity brings joy and happiness unimagined in earlier years. Living the Law of Chastity brings Divine approval from Heavenly Father and blessings of peace, wisdom and faith to draw upon the powers of Heaven when needed. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Jim Landoe
Mormons don't worship Joseph Smith any more than other Christians worship Noah, Abraham, Moses or John the Revelator. All of God's prophets point people to Jesus Christ, our Creator, Savior and Redeemer. Joseph Smith was instrumental in bringing forth the Restoration of the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in these, the latter days. The fullness had been taken from the earth following the death of Jesus and the Apostles. Confusion reigned. The Dark Ages fell upon the earth, as prophesied in 2 Thessalonians 2:3. Many churches preaching Christ, but with differing doctrines, came on the scene. Some required baptism. Others did not. Some believed in Predestination. Others did not. A restitution was required, as prophesied in Acts 3:21. Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon, which has internal evidences of it's truthfulness. One need but read and pray to know if it is true. If it is, then Joseph Smith was a true prophet, as were the prophets anciently. But Jesus Christ is the Messiah. The difference between prophet and Messiah is the same today as it was anciently. God's people do not worship their prophets. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Jim Landoe
Mormons exercise faith in Jesus Christ. We strive to follow His teachings by being honest and doing good to all mankind. He took my sins upon Himself. Then He found a way to let me know, by His Spirit, that He had done so. Then, through the Holy Ghost, Jesus Christ transformed my life and I am happy whereas before I was discouraged and without hope. Mormons are Christians because they believe in forgiveness through faith in the blood of Jesus Christ shed for them. Second, Mormons have a desire to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ and become His disciples. Third, they are Christians because they believe Eternal Life is possible through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Our wonderful and faithful Baptist neighbors across the street hire Mormons to manage their apartments. I asked them why. They said "Mormons are as honest as the day is long. They are dependable. They will do what you ask and work hard until the job is done. There are no better workers than the Mormons. The only problem with them is that they are deceived." The Scriptures say "Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven." Matthew 7:20-21. Are Mormons Christian? "...Show me thy faith without thy works and I will shew thee my faith by my works." James 2:18 In my experience, Mormons are Christians because they live what they believe. Show more Show less