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Hi I'm Jim

I am from Seattle, WA, married with 3 children, software engineer, play golf, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I graduated from BYU as a software engineer and worked as an employee and consultant in software development for 17 years. My wife and I franchised TCBY frozen yogurt shops for 10 years and operated a custom closet business. I am a bit of an entrepreneur. I am now consulting as a software engineer. We have 3 children of our own, and our youngest daughter just married and we now have a son-in-law. Our children are pursuing degrees in teaching, physics, accounting, and statistics. My wife went back to school and graduated as a special ed teacher in 2010 and has 50 students in her resource room. I served in Chile as a young missionary, our son served in New Zealand, and we currently have a daughter serving in Louisiana. I enjoy building things and hope to build a retirement home in the next 10 years or so. We just moved from Seattle to Mesa, Arizona. My wife's family is from Arizona and we are enjoying getting to spend more time with her family. I try to play golf at least weekly and enjoy competing.

Why I am a Mormon

I received an answer to my prayers that God loves me and is aware of me. His son, Jesus Christ, died for my sins if I repent and ask for forgiveness. I believe that God the Father and his Son, Jesus Christ visited Joseph Smith in 1820 and restored all the truths that were lost or slightly changed over time. I believe that anyone can receive an answer to a prayer by following Matthew 7:7 "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you." Read something, study it out in your mind, pray about it, see how you feel. The Holy Ghost answers prayers through feelings over time. Answers don't always come quickly. They will come though if a person is persistent and has a desire. I love everything about the church and it brings me great joy. It is a manifestation of God's love for me.

How I live my faith

My wife and I have worked a lot with age 12-18 in the church. We have just been asked to be service meeting assistants for a special needs group of people in the church. We are looking forward to this challenge. I live my faith each day by studying the life of Christ and the apostles, following the living apostles and prophets, and praying to understand their messages. The teachings affect my work, family, and sporting activities. I want to be a better person. I want to do what is right so that I can feel the spirit of the Holy Ghost in my life. It is the greatest gift a person can have in this life.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

We went to Cancun for our 25th anniversary and met a couple that was in exactly the same situation - same age, same number of kids, both recent "empty nesters", except that he was a minister of another christian church in new york. We decided to golf together. To open conversation, I volunteered that we were both christian. He taught that mormon's were not christian because they believed in works and not grace. We had a great time golfing and became good friends. Here's my understanding of Grace. Christ lived a perfect life and could thus suffer for my sins - "a sinless ransom for my sake". My sins have been bought with the price of His suffering. Only He could do it, inheriting power and the ability to live without sin from His divine father, our Heavenly Father. For this, He requires that I ask him for forgiveness. I can't forgive myself. Christ forgives me. He suffered for me. It's beautiful how His grace will save me. For this, I love him. My good works in this life are an expression of my faith in Him as stated in Mathew 7:21 "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven." Show more Show less