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Hi I'm Jim

I am a dad, husband, scoutmaster, leader of Young Marines, hunter, do-it-yourselfer, controls engineer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a dad, a husband, a scoutmaster, a leader of Young Marines, a hunter, a do-it-yourselfer, and a controls engineer. I served for 5 years in the Marine Corps. I spent my high school years on roller skates. I was cast by the Walt Disney Corp. to skate in the opening ceremonies of the Pan Am games when they were held in Indianapolis in 1987. I can still hold my own on skates, but take a little longer to recover from falls.

Why I am a Mormon

I chose to join this church when I was 20 years old. I had often wondered about a lot of things that other churches just did not offer an answer for. One day, a beautiful girl stole my heart. I was invited to got to church by her mother. I surprised her by accepting the invitation and everything made perfect sense to me. I believe that joining the church literally saved my life. I was heading down the wrong path and the teachings of the church set me on a different path that has brought me such happiness. Being a member of this church and knowing the Plan of Salvation, I am working on being with my family FOREVER, not just "Till death do us part."

How I live my faith

I attend church every Sunday. I try to set an example for all that I meet. I serve as the second councilor in the Young Men's Presidency in my ward. There, we teach the young men (ages 12 to 18) gospel priciples and lessons. I love working with the youth and watching them grow physically and spiritually. It is especially rewarding when one of the young men that I worked with serves a mission. I am a Mormon 100% of the time. I don't sway or change my standards to try and fit in with others. This was particularly challenging when I served in the Marines. Imagine a marine that did not cuss, drink, or chase the ladies. Some of my most memorable times in the corps was when I was standing up for my religion. The Marine Corps ball was always interesting. It is a celebration of the Marine Corps and everyone is expected to attend. Normally, someone would get upset with me for not having a beer with them. Then I would explain that it was not anything personal towards them, but that it was against my religion to drink alcohol. It was also funny that my men knew that when I said something that I meant it. I did not have to rant and rave like the others to get things done.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Yes. I honestly do. Why would he send prophets in ancient times and not now? He leads us today through President Monson. Show more Show less