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Hi I'm Jim Deakyne

I'm a father, our family loves to quote movies, I'm a husband and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a graduate student who has returned to school after 20 years in the workforce. I decided to go back to school because I believe it will not only help me get a better job, but also because it will help me be a better person. I am a student at Arizona State University studying real estate development. I'm looking forward to developing projects that will make a difference in the world and better our communities. As an older student, I'm attending college simultaneously with 2 of my children and one of my son-in-laws. I love going to school and learning new things about an industry that I've been involved with for over 20 years. I still have several younger children at home and it's a little ironic when I come home at night and my kids ask me, "How was school today?". Our family loves to quote movies, and usually it's around the dinner table when we eat. Unfortunately for my children, I'm not very good at it. If I do try to quote a movie and start to stumble or qoute it wrong, one of my children will usually quote a movie saying something like "now sit down before you hurt yourself" or "your an embarrassment to nature". At that point, the whole family will start cracking up. It's all in good fun.

Why I am a Mormon

One of the main reasons I joined the church is because it taught me that I'm a child of God, that he has a plan for our happiness and that my life has a meaningful purpose. When I first heard about "the plan", I was very excited and it really touched me know that there really is a God and that he wants us all to be happy and to return and live with him. It also helped me to know the role that Jesus Christ plays in that "plan". I had been taught about Jesus Christ since I was a child, but never really knew him or had a relationship with him. Over the 20 years as a member of the church, I have learned that when we keep God's commandments, he blesses us. And sometimes, it's not in the "traditional" way we think of blessings. But it has taught me that Heavenly Father is always there, even when things are really, really tough. Have you ever felt like you just "fell off" your horse? Life was going great and then, out of nowhere, everything is in chaos. I have learned that in those times, when our patience is being tried, that we just have to "hold on". By that, I mean we need just need to be patient while Gods fulfills his purposes. One of the other reasons I'm a mormon, is because it is a great source of truth. The more I learn about Heavenly Father and the Savior, the more I can see Gods hand in everybody's life, no matter their circumstances. God has a way of taking negative experiences and turning them into positive growth opportunities. By being patient in my own trials, I have seen God's hand at work in my own life, numerous times.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by loving and serving other people. The heart of the gospel is charity and a love of all of Heaenly Fathers children. Learning to love helps me develop unselfishness and patience, and to see things from anothers point of view, which can sometimes be completely different from my point of view. I've come to know that service is a great way to express your love. When we serve, we come to know people better. I can see this every day as a parent. When I learned how to serve my teenage children and demonstrate unconditional love, they became more respectful to me and more interested in my opinions and view points. It kinda goes back to old saying of "nobody cares how much you know, till they know how much you care". The church provides an abundance of opportunities to serve and develop love. I can serve in my church by teaching a sunday school class, coach a youth basketball team or go camping with the scouts. I've also been on several humanitarian emergency relief efforts. Having lived in Florida most of my life, I would often be involved in hurricane relief efforts of neighboring cities or states. I've been to Pensecola (Florida), Albany (Georgia), and North Carolina for such emergency relief efforts. These trips provided me not only opportunities to serve, but also a great feeling inside knowing that I helped someone in need. I developed great compassion for those people and grew to love them.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Jim Deakyne
I can honestly say that I enjoy being a member of the church. Although our "code of conduct" and standards have been set pretty high, it has brought me great peace and happiness. Although the commandments are hard at times, for everyone, we grow as we commit to living Heavenly Fathers Commandments. The "plan" as we often refer to it, is a plan of happiness for Gods children. The church has taught me about the family and my role, as a father, in that plan. That has been a tremendous help to me over the years, especially when your juggling the responsibilities of being a provider with being a father. Its a fine line at times, but as I pray, inspiration comes and I know how to handle the situation. Show more Show less