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Hi I'm James Dixon Gardner

I'm a Mormon. Most of my life I have lived where Mormons were a small percentage of the community.

About Me

As a grandfater of 9 children and father of 6, I have enjoyed wonderful experiences with the family and enjoyed my career as an Internal Medicine Physician. I was rasied and continue to live in areas where the number of Mormons are small and hope that I have made friends for the Church. I have enjoyed being involved with community matters and have been a Township Trustee, President of a number of Boards of health realted organizations, leader and teacher in the Boy Scouts of America movemement, and active as a citizen in various political and service roles. I have enjoyed the outdoors as well as the wonderful technologies that we have to enjoy life.

Why I am a Mormon

All of my great grandparents were pioneers of the Church of Jesus of Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I was raised in an environment where the wide variety of phyilosophies were present in daiy activities and in the schools. This required me to constantly test my personal knowledge and view of who God is and whether the Church I was born into was guided by a Living Prophet of God. As a youth I prayed about the claims of my relitgion and others I was exposed to. In my personal effort to live the principles I was taught and with personal effort to pray about these issues, I received my personal witness of the truth of the message of the restoration of the Church of Jeusus Christ. I was baptised by my father at 8 years and served as a youth and recieved the Priesthood and have grown in my knowledge of this great and important truth that God has spoken and continues to communicate to the prophet and apostles of the Church and to each and every one of us as we seek for the truth. I have learned that none of us are perfect or without need of the Atoning Sacrifice of Jesus Christ. And even though those who hold the Priesthood are just as human as anyone else , they, when striving to live the principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ are used by our Heavenly Father to bless the lives of others and their own family. I continue to have challenges of health, the struggles of day to day living, challenges to my church, stresses of my profession and organizations I serve with, challenges of my children. I continue to have rich blessings and answers to my personal prayers that I belive give me strength to overcome all of the adversities of this life. My testimoney of the restoration of the Gospel and the Devinity of Jeusus Christ and the reality of the resurrection and atonement of Jesus Christ continues to grow each day of my life. I at times as my father did, pray to be able to endure the challenges of life until the end.

How I live my faith

All of my life I have been busily engaged with church and community activities. As a boy I was the president of my young aaronic priesthood group in the church. I was also a boy scout and learnd the values of the oath and law of scouting and how to be self sufficient. My religion has always encouraged service to others, that we should strive to become as Jesus Christ who was the greatest servant of all. Throughout college and medical school and training , I have had great opportunities to work with the youth. When raising my family, I would be asked to lead the cub den and then webelow and further work as an assistant scout master , varsity coach, and veture advisor along with activities with the Heart Associatoin , Lung Associatoin, and Medical Societies. Now with my children all themselves being scout masters etc, I find myself helping in the Adult Training and management of scouting activites , Bishop in the church for a period, and currently involved in efforts in Kansas to reduce tobacco in our society , help in the medical societies as we move through many changes and challenges to our professional lives. I must say that I do not blieve that I would participate as much as I do in things except for the encouragement from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. In all of this I find prayer helpful and have recieved from others in other faiths their prayers when I needed thme. Where I was born and spent the first few years of my life, many had no faith and some were agnostic or without apparent belief in a God. I enjoy working with these people also and they probably know I pray for their welfare and respect them as children of our God. Many of these people are great and give of much service to others. They have not had the benifit of recongnizing the encouragement of the Savior in their lives. My family is the one socieity that means the most to me. There is no better experiences in life than to see your children make good decisisons.