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Hi I'm Jim

I live in Arizona. I am married to a great wife. I like reading, baseball and hiking. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I like living in Arizona because I like to hike in and around the Grand Canyon. I hiked from the North Rim of the Grand Canyon to the South Rim in 2007 and really enjoyed and really felt invigorated by the hike. I like to read, especially history centered books that are factual verses fictional historical novels. I work in the enrollment department for a University based in Arizona. Besides other duties, my main job thrust is to place students with the proper advisor to receive the correct educational program. I am married to a great lady for a little over 23 years and I still feel like a newlywed. At church, in the congregation my wife and I attend, my current position is the secretary to our men’s’ organization, Elder's Quorum.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, nicknamed Mormons because we use an additional volume of scriptures entitled the Book of Mormon. I am a convert to the church. I first became aware of the LDS Church when I was exploring different religious. My initial intention was to gather information on different religions to further my understanding of others and to gain a larger religious perspective. In this search, I asked a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for a list of the church’s fundamental beliefs I could review. A few days later, I was presented with a book that is another testament of Jesus Christ. The book was the Book of Mormon. I was and still am a reader of the Bible so I had some experience in reading the words of prophets, apostles, recorder-historian, and the Savior Jesus Christ. I began my reading of the Book of Mormon and soon realized it was a good book. I did not know if the book was scripture but I did understand that the prophet-historian writers were focusing on individuals and those individuals’ interactions with God, angels, and God’s revelations. I continued to read further and did finish the Book of Mormon but I did not know if the book was scripture. I inquired of the one that initially presented me with the Book of Mormon and I was directed to Moroni, the last prophet in the book, chapter ten verses 4 to 6. Moroni wrote that I could ask of God whether these things, the Book of Mormon, were true and receive an answer by the Holy Ghost. I did pray and when I prayed with real intent to know, I received the answer that it was true. The Book of Mormon is the reason I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I have gained further testimony of more principles of the gospel through study and prayers, but the Book of Mormon was my gateway to understanding the gospel and becoming a Latter Day Saint.

How I live my faith

I strive to live the golden rule, to do onto others like I would like others to do onto me. I wrote striving because I am far from perfect and need the atonement of Jesus Christ constantly. I try to look and see what others may need. Sometimes it is simple things like opening a door for someone with an arm full of stuff or a kind word when things are not going well. I have found there are many simple opportunities to help others that can have an impact daily in others lives. I read the scriptures and try to take those lessons and incorporate those principles into my dealings with others. In addition, I try to live the commandments of Jesus Christ to the best of my ability. I think trying to live the commandments influences my interactions with others positively throughout the day.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Jim
Because my reasoning for joining the Church is based on searching, pondering, and praying, I would have to say that there really is no other way to find out if Mormonism is true than to do just that. Asking other people about their own testimonies is helpful. Researching the Church as a whole can be helpful. But honest introspection, studying of the Book of Mormon and praying to our Heavenly Father really is the gateway to the truth. Show more Show less