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Hi I'm James Shurtz

I grew up in Utah, I am retired from the Air Force and am an airplane mechanic, and I am a Mormon

About Me

I grew up in Utah , the oldest of 3 . My father was a carpenter and general contractor so i learned to do basic wood working . We as a family loved to hunt and fish . Each year we would get together in the fall, go to my grandfathers , then onto the mountain. My brother and i would fish ad dad would get ready for the next days hunt. Those years have always stayed with me and i still try to do those things. I always loved the farm life but was called into the military and served 22 yrs in the Air Force and Air Guard. I was trained as a airplane mechanic and continued to work airplanes, big jets, untill i retired. I married a wonderful young lady and we had 4 chinldren, and now have 13 grandchildren. We have been together for almost 41 years .

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up in Utah it is little wonder that i was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. But to that i must say that being a member all my live does not give one a testemony of God or His Christ. That takes a desire to know and then much study of the scriptures and prayer on the subject. I guess i can say that i beleive the church to be correct and true because of that. By wanting to know , then trying to learn all i can about Jesus Christ and our Father , then putting that knowledg to use i have built a testimony line upon line, precept on precept , here a little and there a little untill i am sure of my self that God lives and Jesus is our Lord and savior. I believe the Book of Mormon to be true and a second witness to the Bible. Not to change teaching but to clearify them. and yes I am a mormon.

How I live my faith

Within the church i have been ask to do many jobs, which we do of our own and get no pay for it but for the blessing on serving others. I have tought the youth and the adult sunday shools. I have worked with the men and tried to serve the sick and elderly. I have helped people do family history and to bless their own families. In all my weakness i have been blessed to serves others .