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Hi I'm JIM

I'm a Mormon. I was born and raised in Illinois, spent 22 years as a US Naval Officer and 15 years in the Aerospace Industry.

About Me

I grew up in a small mid-western town in a beautiful family home life. I was the youngest of four kids who were raised with very conservative church values. I was a "C" student in High School, played sports and generally had a good time. Graduated from college with a degree in Industrial Education but I didn't want to teach so I wasn't sure sure what sort of career to pursue. So to avoid being drafted, I enlisted in the US Navy and stayed for 22 years. During my years in the Navy I specialized in Procurement/Contracting. So after the Navy I worked in the Aerospace industry in California as a Contract Administrator for 15 years, married and stayed in California. My hobbies are golf, Toastmasters, watching football and traveling as much as we can. I met my sweetheart who happened to be a member of the church. So, shortly after we were married I joined the church because of her. I later learned that was not the right reason to join the church. Some twenty five years later I had several spiritual experiences in my personal life which brought me back to the church for the right reason. Today, my wife and I enjoy a wonderful family life centered around the church. Our children and grandchild all live in California so we are fortunate to have our family close by.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew-up in a christian home with wonderful parents and was baptized in the Christian Church about 1945, in my home town when I was 10 years old. Years later in 1983 I fell in love and married a Mormon women, soon after that, in 1985, I was baptized and confirmed in the Mormon Church. I thought if my wife and I both belonged to the same church it would be good for our marriage. I later realized that was not the right reason to join the Mormon Church. I was active for a couple years but my heart wasn't really in it and I became inactive. I was in love with someone in the church but I wasn't in love with the church. My wife remained active with unshakable faith. Some 25 years later I had some very personal spiritual experiences which made me think about my faith in God. It changed my whole outlook about life and my relationship with God. Shortly after that I became active in the church again and today my wife and I are very happy Mormons. The closer we draw to the lord, the closer he draws to us. We are following the covenants we made with our Heavenly Father and the blessings we receive are abundant. Our hearts are full, we love our life.

How I live my faith

My wife and I attend our church every Sunday we are home and also enjoy attending other Mormon Churchs when we are away from home. We go to the temple often, my wife works there every Wednsday. We enjoy being with church members and attending other church activities. I am an Elder in the church and my calling right now is the greeter/welcome person for the church choir. I am also a home teacher, my companion and I call on four or five families each month. We visit them in their home to see how they are getting along and to see if they need any help with anything and we also give them a spiritual message. If we can satisfy their needs ourselves we go ahead and do that. If their needs are beyond our capacity, then we arrange for other members of our church to help them. It is a rewarding experience to be a home teacher and it always makes me feel good when I can help someone else. Church work is God's work, when you help someone else you are helping your Heavenly Father.

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

In the spring of 1820, a 14-year-old boy named Joseph Smith went into a grove of trees near his home in Palmyra, New York, and prayed to learn which church he should join. In answer to his prayer, God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, appeared to him, just as heavenly beings had appeared to prophets like Moses and Paul in biblical times. Joseph learned that the Church originally organized by Jesus Christ during His mortal ministry was no longer on the earth. Joseph Smith was chosen by God to restore the Church of Jesus Christ to the earth. During the next 10 years, Joseph was visited by other heavenly messengers, translated the Book of Mormon by the gift and power of God, and received authority to organize the Church. The Church was organized in Fayette, New York, on 6 April 1830, under the leadership of Joseph Smith. It has grown to an organization with members and congregations throughout the world. Show more Show less