Hi I'm Jim
I am a full time student studying geography and like many students I have been working full-time to support myself and also my wife. I love to learn and to create things. I spend a lot of my free time working either in the garden or in my wood shop. I also like working with metal, plastic, and leather to make things. My Brother taught me how to make a longboard a year ago and ever since have enjoyed using that as my main form of transportation and recreation.
Why I am a Mormon
I am not a Mormon just because my parents are Mormon. I am a Mormon because I know that this is Christ's church here on earth. As a teenager I was not sure if I wanted to continue going to church, but since I was uncertain I set out to find out if the church was true before I made any other decisions. So I read the Book of Mormon and through reading and prayer I gained a testimony that Christ has restored His church on earth and he did so through a prophet named Joseph Smith. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet like Moses and Noah in the Old Testament. I also know that there is a living prophet, Thomas Monson, that leads the church in these modern days. Heavenly Father loves us so much that he made sure that we would have guidance and he guides us today through revelation through living prophets. I know that Jesus is the Christ and that he is my Redeemer. I am a Mormon because I know that Christ has restored his power to the earth today.
Why do Mormons go on missions?
I went on a mission so that I could share the joy that i received from living the gospel of Jesus Christ. When you know something is true and know that you have benefited from it, it becomes something that you want to share. So I chose to spend two years sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. It was one of the most important things that I have done so far in my life. It helped define me as a person and it was an opportunity for me to deepen my relationship with Christ.
How I live my faith
I have the wonderful opportunity to work with the young men at church. My main responsibility is to teach the young men that are 12 and 13 years old. I also work with others as we help all of the young men between the ages of 12-18. This involves teaching them about gospel principles on Sundays, doing activities once a week like service projects or sports activities and occasionally going camping. I love to see the strength that many of the youth today have and it is amazing to watch them grow and develop even amongst the troubles that they face at school and with their friends.