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Hi I'm Jim

I'm married to the most wonderful Woman in the world, I have 4 beautiful children ages 13-5 and for 22 years I've been a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in 1967 in Douglas Arizona. I was raised and ultimately baptized in St. Johns Arizona Dec 01, 1990. I Married My beautiful Bride Sept 21, 1996 In the Mesa Arizona Temple and since that wonderful day we have brought 4 beautiful Children into this world. We were blessed almost five years ago to have a daughter who happens to have Down Syndrome. This child has blessed all of our lives in ways that cannot be described without a writing a book on it. We have a motto in our family that says "We need her far more than she needs us". She has brought us an eternal insight of what the saviors love must be like. We only wished they could call it "UP" Syndrome. I worked to obtain a Bachelors degree in Technology and then a MBA in 2008. It was difficult to do with a family but was well worth it. In our home we believe that Education is not a choice but an expectation so if I expect my children to get a college education then must be the example I am a Business Analyst for a fortune 500 Company in Phoenix Arizona.St. Johns is a football town so naturally I love to watch primarily High School and College football. I have coached youth football, baseball and soccer. I love to travel, go camping and I love to go fishing. I am the lucky one as I married the returned missionary. My wife served a mission to Uruguay. After serving for 13 years as a Ward Clerk I was finally released and called to be a Cub Scout Committee chair. Obviously this is presenting new challenges.

Why I am a Mormon

Why is as important as "how" I became a Mormon. I was raised in St. Johns Az, a town that is predominately Mormon. I had the influence of many people who would welcome me into their homes as a kid. I started wondering over time what I was feeling in their homes that I did not feel in mine. It was a spiritual feeling although I did not understand that at the time. It was not until I turned 19 and started asking the questions I feel most of us do such as "who am I", "Why am I here" and "what makes me different from others"? I found this in the scriptures. I realized that feeling I had in those peoples homes was the holy spirit letting me know that within those walls dwelt the spirit of the Lord. It took me 2 years but I was finally baptized and I have never looked back. I know that I am a member of the Lords Church here on this Earth. I know that Families are eternal. I know that we must love everyone as we want to be loved and that through Gods works we will be with him again someday. I also know that without trials and challenges in life we can never progress as the lord will try those who are faithful. I believe that we have a choice to do what is right or do what is easy. I rely on my faith to help me raise my children to know good from evil. To show them that faith requires work and it is that work that brings us to God.

How I live my faith

I believe that God places us on a path initially. We must choose the different paths along the way to get back to him. Some paths are more difficult some are the wrong paths and require us to search for the right path. In the end we must find our way back to our Heavenly Father. I believe that by living my life as he would want me to I can someday be with him again. I am far from perfect. I make mistakes along the way and I hopefully learn and grow from them. I believe Heavenly Father prepares us based on the path we choose. Since I have become Mormon I have had to conduct Non-denominational funerals for my own Grandmother and my dear Mother. When my Father passed away I was the once chosen by my family to give him a priesthood blessing. and lead the family in prayers as he passed from this life. I do not tell you these things to brag, I am telling this because I believe that God knew that I was going to have to do these things and without my faith I would not have been able to. I look upon these instances as blessings in my life. My parents and grandparents were not Mormon but they admire what and who I am enough to lead the way in these matters. I also know God was preparing me for our daughter Rebekah. The day she was born was one of Joy followed by sadness, anger, fear and finally the spirit telling me that this child would bless our family in ways we cannot imagine and that I did not realize the precious gift God has placed in our family. That message to me was an assurance that I had been prepared to face the trials of her illnesses, disabilities and the abundance joy to come. I know that more than ever we needed this beautiful child in our home and just like the spirit bore witness to me that day in the hospital, she has truly blessed us in ways we never would have known. I am eternally grateful for that. And I am so blessed and thankful to be her Father on this earth and for eternity.