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Hi I'm Jim

I'm a Mormon. I live in Washington State. I have a wonderful family with 4 kids and love my community. I own a technology company.

About Me

I am a person that loves the outdoors and an active family life. I spent most of my life living in the NW (Alaska, Washington and Idaho). Now that I am a father with four kids, I enjoy spending time with my family in the mountains and sharing my love for the outdoors with them. I also enjoy coaching youth sports. I work in the technology field - specifically in the internet and mobile technology arena. This has enabled me to meet some great people with diverse backgrounds. I have learned over the years that it's important to have a balance between work and family life. I attended school at Boise State University, BYU-Hawaii and BYU-Provo. I really enjoyed college and the process of obtaining a degree. School costs money, which is why I spent many summers in Alaska working for my tuition. I loved the friends that I had made at those great schools. Education is important and it led me to start my own technology company.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because being a member of the church has brought me closer to understanding and knowing Jesus Christ. As a family, we look forward to going to church and our time together on Sunday. My mother and father joined the church later in life--I was a small boy at the time. I remember having the missionaries come to our home. I am thankful for those missionaries because of the impact they had on my life now that I am a father with 4 kids. I am thankful for the emphasis the church provides on youth programs. Because of the church, I got involved with the Boy Scout program when I was 13 years old. I had great scout and youth leaders and always enjoyed going to camp and attending youth activities. Later when I was 17 years old I was able to become an Eagle Scout. I attribute that achievement to the care and genuine interest from those youth leaders. I was able to go on a mission with I was 19 years old to Oklahoma and Texas. I spent a lot of time knocking on doors and getting to know the great people of those areas. The mission was a great experience (and at times tough) for someone who was 19 years old. I was able to meet many different people with various religious backgrounds. It was at that time that I obtained a testimony of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints ("Mormon"). Mormon is a nickname for the religion because of the Book of Mormon. The Book of Momon is ancient records of the people who inhabited the North American continent and was written by ancient prophets. The Book of Mormon and the Bible are both scripture and testify of Jesus Christ. As a Mormon, we believe in both the Bible and the Book of Mormon to the word of God. As a family, we read the scriptures together and that helps us to be closer. I love my family. I met my wife when I was at BYU-Provo. We both share a strong believe that the family is an eternal unit. We both have a strong love for our family and Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

As a family, we pray in the mornings before the kids go to school and at night before the kids go to bed. We also try to read the scriptures as a family every night. Prayer and reading the scriptures is important because it helps you have a relationship with Jesus Christ. The world is getting tougher and the media can have a bad influence on kids. We work hard living our religion as a family to help balance the negative influence or impact of the word. My wife and I both have teach the youth in our church. I teach the young men between the ages of 16 -18 and my wife teaches the young women between the ages of 16-18. We both love the opportunity to work with youth. As I stated above, I also work with youth sports in our community. I believe that as adults we should be working hard within our community and church to help our youth.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Jim
To testify is to "know" or "declare." Therefore, a testimony is personal knowledge regarding your relationship with Jesus Christ. As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we often provide our testimony--stating our love for Jesus Christ and the truthfulness of the restored gospel. Show more Show less