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Hi I'm JT McWilliams

I'm a fast talker and a straight shooter. I'm an auctioneer, a business owner, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am happily married to a woman who shows me every day that she loves me through selfless acts of service towards me and our 3 wonderful children. After 23 years of marriage I remain in awe at her ability to manage with such efficiency her role as wife, mother, and her recently acquired role of business partner in our family business. I am a father to 3 great kids each of whom possesses their own unique style and personality. They are respectful and obedient to their parents; they are funny and fun loving. The 5 of us are the happiest spending time together. I own a company that sells plastic bags. Customers place their orders with us, and we have relationships with manufacturers who make the bags and ship them directly to our customers' location. Recently, we shipped bags to a company in Ireland, so now I guess I am an international business man. I am also an auctioneer. I love the excitement planning and organizing an auction event, and figuring out the best way to market an upcoming auction based on the type of merchandise being sold. The type of auction I most enjoy conducting is a fundraising auction. I love being behind a microphone, calling bids, and entertaining the crowd. I really enjoy public speaking (there must be something about me and a microphone), and I enjoy introducing myself to people I don't know. I like to scuba dive (though I don't go as often as I would like), and I like to run.

Why I am a Mormon

My father owned a bar when he first heard about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He and my mother decided to seek out more information which included visiting with missionaries and attending various church meetings, and reading and praying about the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. Each arrived at their own testimony that the things they were studying and learning were true and they decided to be baptized in July 1965, I was 5 months old. Admittedly, being raised a Mormon, I have no first hand experience as a believer of another faith and cannot comment on how one doctrine or another persuaded me to join this church. I do remember however as a teenager thinking to myself, what if this church isn't "the church" of Jesus Christ, and I remember thinking, "Well, it certainly can't hurt to follow it's teachings because it teaches good things, and nothing it teaches is bad." I remembered Jesus' teaching to his disciples that a bad tree could not bear good fruit, and so that pacified me for the time being. From my early childhood I was taught that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that He is our Savior, and that His gospel; with all the divinely appointed authority and saving ordinances, just as He organized it and taught it anciently, is embodied today in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I never recall a time that I didn't believe these things to be true. As a child, I am certain I relied heavily on the belief and testimony of my parents, but as I grew older and approached the time of my missionary service I developed my own testimony by studying the scriptures, especially the Book of Mormon, and through sincere personal prayer.By doing these two things, I gained a testimony born by the Holy Spirit that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, and that the Book of Mormon is true, and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints is Christ's church upon the earth today. I love the Lord and am grateful for his atoning sacrifice.

How I live my faith

Being a member of the LDS church is more than just belonging to a local congregation...it's a way of life ! Knowledge the Plan of Salvation and an understanding of where we came from, why we are here, and where we are going after this life, gives an eternal perspective to life, shapes our attitudes, and governs our actions. I try to live my faith by beginning with the end in mind. That is to say, my hope for a life hereafter spent with my family in the presence of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ has helped to establish a course in life for me to follow. Honesty, kindess, patience, and service to others, are guide post along the path I try to follow leading back to the savior. I try follow Pauls advice to the Hebrews and... "live peaceably with all men..." (Romans 12:18). Something my Mother always said is, "We love people, and we use things." This helps me to remember that our relationships with others matter more than circumstance or material possesions. Growing up all of my focus was on what I needed to do be worthy of salvation. As a youth I never fully comprehended the concept of Grace, but as an adult, acutely aware of my faults and shortcomings, I realize that I am nothing, and on my own I am powerless to overcome. I have come to seek the Lord's grace on a daily basis. I agree with Paul that "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me", (Phil 4:13) but I also understand that merely professing my faith is not enough, I must manifest my faith by trying to follow Christ in thought, word, and deed. As James taught, " I will shew thee my faith, by my works (James 2: 18). I try to live my faith by being humble and by not considering myself better than others. I do not believe that Mormons have the corner market on salvation. I believe there are good men and women of all faiths who love the Lord, who are honest in heart, and who will excercise their faith to salvation in the fullest measure.