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Hi I'm Jim

I was born and raised in Alabama. I'm a college student. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a college student studying Environmental Science. I chose this field because I'm amazed by the miracle of life and the natural world, and I want to study it and help protect it. I'm also passionate about the arts. Whether it's painting, writing, singing, playing in an orchestra or marching band, dancing, acting--you name it, I love doing it. I served a mission for the LDS church in the south of France. I love the French people and culture; it really became a huge part of me during those two years.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because the LDS church teaches me how to be close to my Heavenly Father. The whole basis behind this religion is revelation: God talks to prophets still today, and He can talk to us too if we pray with faith and listen for His spirit. Both of my parents are mormon, but growing up my mom was practicing in the church, while my dad had decided he no longer believed in God. That forced me to question my faith constantly. Finally, I told God that I needed to know the truth, or I couldn't keep going to church on borrowed faith. I spent several weeks waiting for my answer, but at last, as I attended a broadcast and listened to the president of the church speak, I felt a powerful confirmation in my soul that he was really a prophet. Ever since that night, I've tried to recognize that same feeling whenever it comes as the Holy Ghost, and it's helped me through the difficult struggles and decisions in my life.

How I live my faith

I serve as the Sunday School President at church. Basically I oversee the Sunday School teachers and give them help as they teach from the scriptures. I love this assignment because I love learning more about the gospel. My favorite part of Sunday is sitting in class and discussing with the other church members how all these things that prophets wrote hundreds of years ago can apply in our lives right now.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Jim
Our instinct as humans to appreciate beautiful things--art, music, nature--shows me that there's more to our existence than just scientific happenstance. That shows me that in addition to being physical beings with physical appetites, we are spiritual beings and there's more to life and the universe than meets the eye. Show more Show less