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Hi I'm Jim

I live in Uvalde, Texas, United States of America. I am an administrator of a rural hospital. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a son, a husband, a father and a grandfather. I love my family and they love me. When not working at my job or in my church calling, I enjoy a wide variety of outdoor pursuits, including fishing and scuba diving. Beach parties every summer are required by the family, which was how I grew up. The grandkids love coming to our house to ride the pony.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a convert of 28 years. We were living in a small town and active in a Protestant church. Our Sunday School teacher began a course on the origins of the books of the Bible. I loved the Bible and had read it several times, but there was still so much to know, so I really enjoyed this course. My wife and I did a lot of extra study. After the course, I was left with the feeling that there was much more scripture than existed in the current canonized texts.Where was it? And why were there no more prophets and scripture through the ages? One day a sweet older couple from Canada knocked on our door, inviting us to have another testament of Jesus Christ. They said they were missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Being the curious type and thinking that they might have some additional truth to discover (at this time I thought no church contained all the truth of the gospel) I welcomed them to share their beliefs. They introduced us to the Book of Mormon. I let them know that if they wanted me to believe anything they taught, it must be from the Bible. They took that challenge gladly, and would use the Bible and introduce text from the Book of Mormon as further evidence to support their claims. They challenged us to pray about the the things they taught. My sweet wife received confirmation that the Book of Mormon was true within a few weeks. I was not so ready to take these things to the Lord. Months went by. That couple went went home and other missionaries came. The discussions always went well and I did feel of the spirit, but just was to hardheaded to consider changing religions. Finally, one Sunday while teaching a youth class at church, I found that Mormon doctrine was coming out of my mouth. I decided then, that I must take it to the Lord whether the Book of Mormon was true. Immediately upon getting down on my knees, the Spirit let me know. Shortly we were baptized and have been happy with our decision.

How I live my faith

I have been called to do many things, from teaching young children to being the branch president (pastor). Always it is voluntary, and while to some it may seem demanding of my time and resources, I feel rewarded beyond measure. I truly believe that to serve God, we must be in service to our fellow man. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the true church. A prophet it at its head and the priesthood exists to do God's work upon the face of the earth. I feel grateful to be named to this group of people. My relationship with God and Jesus Christ grows stronger everyday through scripture study, prayer and regular fellowship with other members. They are the sweetest people I know. They forgive me of my imperfections more readily than anyone else, and I know there is no problem I may encounter in life but that someone will be there to help.