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Hi I'm Jim Chapman

I've lived in California, Texas, Utah, Japan and Washington State, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been a member of the LDS church all my life, but still consider myself a convert lol. I am pretty well traveled throughout the United States. My actual international experience has been limited to trips to Vancouver Canada and my church mission to the Japan Nagoya Mission, though with a Bachelor's in Geography, I've studied many other areas and would like to visit some of them someday. My ability to speak Japanese is very rusty, but I find it does start to come back once I have the opportunity to use it. Professionally, I work as in the Computer Programming field, currently as a SR IT Services Professional. I have an MBA in Information Systems, though I've never gone into management, though I have been a supervisor and trainer which I enjoyed. For hobbies, I enjoy computer games, reading and writing Science Fiction/Fantasy as well as table top games and Genealogy. I also enjoy spending time with my wife, cat, friends and family.

Why I am a Mormon

Initially, I became a Mormon because I was born and raised into a strong LDS family and like most kids in my situation, was baptized at the age of 8. Like most similar kids, a time came where I needed to stand on my own instead of leaning on the testimonies of others. As I got into my adult years, I had to make decisions for myself which led to me asking questions about why I was living the way I was. Did I really believe what I was saying or was I just going through the motions because it was what I was raised with and what Mom and Dad expected? There came a time where life threw a number of disappointments at me. These were not major, scandalous things by any means, but it was a painful time for me. I found myself questioning if this really was for me and eventually I found myself slipping and finding excuses not to go to church. Again, I never was involved with anything scandalous or illegal, but I found myself going into a shell and becoming more cynical as each of life's disappointments, which we all have, kept coming my way. After finishing college, I moved back in with my parents to save money while working on a Masters and at this time I found myself going with my parents to a new church ward. At first it was just to avoid any arguments with my parents, but soon after the ward really grew on me. It was a great ward where I think everyone there did, as much as humanly possible, what the Lord expected of them, helping others in need, etc. This made a huge impression on me and suddenly I saw what was missing in my life and I realized how much better my life was when I was living the way that I knew the Lord wants us too. I'm not perfect and like most, I've had some minor stumbles here and there, but for the most part I haven't looked back. I've also learned not to judge others too harshly, because I too have certainly not been perfect lol. The key I learned was one taught on the Ranch: If the horse throws you, get back on! and keep doing so

How I live my faith

My wife and I have served together in numerous callings together. Among our favorites was teaching Sunday School together for small children. We've taught 5 year olds, 7 year olds and 9 year olds. We were simply amazed by level of understanding that these kids have. On many occasions they have amazed us with their talents and perception at such young ages. When you look at the world and the negative news about wars, disasters, etc. it is easy to get discouraged and worry about the state of the world. When we looked at these kids, with their amazing talents and imagined them continuing to grow up in the gospel, I was often touched with a feeling that the world will be ok. The rising generation has some amazing future leaders on their way. More recently, my wife and I have served as what we call Ward Missionaries. In that position, we work with the Full Time Missionaries to help the people they teach and help out in other ways such as providing rides to those who need it and helping give our perspective on the church. Full Time Missionaries generally serve for two years before going home and often transfer from area to area. As Ward Missionaries, we help provide the new potential members with a friend who sticks around the area on a longer term basis. Health issues have kept my wife and I from serving in this capacity as much as we'd like, but we still try our best and are always willing to do our best to answer a question or concern.