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Hi I'm Jim

I work for a large Software Company. I'm married with 8 children, 14+ grandchildren, love to read and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I love to read! My passion for reading helped me develop a love for reading the scriptures...something I never did until I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Another of the passions in life is my family. When we got married, my wife and I decided we'd have a large family. Determining that, in our case, large meant 8 children was one of my most significant spiritual experiences. You see, I felt we were "done" when our 5th child was born. My wife suggested we pray about it. After child number 5, 6 and 7, I received some of the clearest answers to prayer I have ever had suggesting that the Lord had another Spirit to send our way. After our youngest was born, both my wife & I received the same answer to our now familiar prayer...our family was complete! Date nights with my wife and occasionally 1 or more of our children is my favorite form of entertainment...dinner, a movie, miniature golf, walks along nature trails, Broadway plays, sporting events...I enjoy them all!! I've also discovered a talent and passion for teaching. At home, work & Church, I really enjoy helping people understand a truth or principle. Watching the light come on when they "get it" is a joy! After our children left home, my wife & I sold our home in Indiana and moved to Utah where most of our children had put down roots. We are now surrounded by beautiful mountains and over see Utah Lake. We are happy!

Why I am a Mormon

I was introduced to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints by a girl friend (she later became my wife!) while I was in the U.S. Navy. She went to Church @ a university in the city where we lived with a wonderful group of students and other young single people in our area. Because I wanted to be where she was, I started to attend with her. I was quickly impressed with this amazing group of people...they welcomed me right in and accepted me immediately, even though I was clearly a little different. Keeping in mind that this was during the Disco era, I attended my first few Sacrament Meetings w/my nylon, funky colored disco shirt unbuttoned down to my belly-button. Those wonderful people didn't even bat an eye, they just included me in their "family". As we attended and participated in many activities together, I began to see that there was more to them than just being wonderful people. They had deep spiritual roots and a comfort with living their religion that I had never seen before. Their religion wasn't just something they did on Sunday...they lived their religion every moment of every day. I was intrigued! With my curiosity piqued, I began my first study of the scriptures...particularly the Book of Mormon. Having grown up Catholic, I had a strong understanding of the 4 Gospels and the Book of Acts in the New Testament but this was my first time really reading in the scriptures and pondering what I found. As I read, I began to feel that what I was reading was true. For the first time in my life, I felt the Spirit whispering to me and His message was that the Book of Mormon taught true principles and that being baptized was right for me! 18 months after I met my wife and and 8 months after we were married, I chose to be baptized a member of this great Church. It has been the best decision of my life & I am eternally grateful to my wife and to my Savior for leading me to become a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Over the years I have been a member of this Church, I have grown to cherish to idea that I am a son of a loving Heavenly Father first, foremost & always. This knowledge and the days, months & years of trying to be what He wants me to be have changed how I live in all aspects of my life. At home, we share prayer and read/discuss the scriptures as a family everyday. As of this writing, we're studying the Book of Mormon for the 4th time. We eat meals together. We play together. We share joy and sorrow...together. We set one evening a week aside for just our family and we sing, pray, learn and play together. My faith and family are central in my life. At Church, I am provided many opportunities to learn the Christ-like attribute of charity...learning to love others the way the Savior does. I have taught Sunday school classes to both teens and adults (teaching is my favorite form of service!). The Lord has provided me many opportunities to serve as a leader in the congregations (we call them Wards & Branches) where we have lived...helping other men, women and their families develop a deeper love for the Lord Jesus Christ and, in so doing, find greater happiness & success in their lives. As I have learned to think of others first, I have discovered my neighbors and the fine people they are! Instead of being laser focused on my family or my career, I take time to talk w/them, to work with them. Knowing them has become a blessing in my life. At work, everyone one knows I don't smoke, drink or swear. When I am out for dinner w/our team or our customers, I have become know as the one who will get up and leave first. I will head back to my hotel instead of "going out" after dinner. I am pleased to say that there are always several people who get up and leave with me! I am a son of a loving Heavenly Father in EVERY aspect of my life...and am sooo thankful that I am!!!

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Jim
This has actually been one of the challenges I face in my life. The Gospel of Jesus Christ teaches us to lose ourselves in the service of others so we can find ourselves...a principle I strive to live everyday! My problem has been that between serving my family (8 children & 14+ grandchildren) and the needs of many of our congregation members, I seem to run out of time to help others. In the last 5 years, our local congregations have become proactive it getting involved in community projects...both small and large. Last spring, I spent a Saturday doing some major landscaping in the yard of a single lady who had no means to do it herself in a project sponsored by our city. Several year ago, I spent several week-ends cleaning up after major flooding in a city 50 miles south of my home. Like everything else in my life, I'm learning, line upon line and precept on precept to grow beyond what's right in front of me to see the greater work the Lord has out in the world for His children. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Jim
We don't! We worship God, our Eternal Father and His Son Jesus Christ. Our whole religion is built around this as our central premise. From the beginning of time, the Lord has sent Prophets to the earth to teach and guide His children (called Saints even in thsoe days) on their journey back to Him. These Prophets were often revered, admired and even followed as they taught the importand truths needed by the people at that time. Joseph Smith is another of those Prophets who has played a pivitol role in restoring the true Gospel to the earth for Heavenly Father & Jesus Christ. Today's Saints revere, admire and follow his teachings which are intended to help us again love Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and lead us back to their presence. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Jim
Of all the questions about my Church that come my way, this is the most perplexing to me. I've always viewed "cults" as organizations that lead people away from truth and the Lord Jesus Christ. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints had drawn me closer to the Lord Jesus Christ than anything I've ever done in my life! I truely believe that if an individual (or group of individuals) will spend the time studying the truths taught by my Church, they will soon understand we are just the opposite of a cult...a Church focused on inviting all God's children to come unto Christ. Show more Show less