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Hi I'm Jim

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised by a Mormon Mother and Non-church attending Father who always saw that my other was able to get my sister and I to Church when we were small children. Later as a teenager, my sister and I attended with our mother regularly on Sundays and on youth nights as we grew up. My father said he did not want us to be baptised at age 8, which is normal in the LDS church, as he thought we should be older where we could make that decision on our own. My sister and I were batised on the same day, I was 16 at the time and my sister 2 years younger. We were baptised in a motel swiming Pool in Kingsland Georgia. That is where I met my future wife who traveled each weekend from Jacksonville to Kingsland to visit grandparents and to attend church in Kingsland. After I returned from serving in the US Army, we were married in the Salt Lake City Utah Temple. I had just started working for the railroad and we rode the train from Waycross, Georgia to Sale Lake City - then back home to Waycross on the Train. All in a weeks time. In 2004 my wife and I both retired from the CSX Railroad. I have served in most every job in the church and continue to serve. We love genealogy research and tracing our ancesters and being of service to all that we can.

Why I am a Mormon

From the time I was a small child and wanting to be baptised but denied by my father because he wanted me to wait until I was older and more certain, I have known that I had a loving Father in Heaven that cared for me. As I got married and had a daughter and then a son, I knew that there was a bond that should not be broken and that a family was the most important aspect of life as we know it now and in the life to come. During my life in the military and civilian life I have seen the heartbreak that many families have had to undergo and in those cases where there was not a strong relationship within the family and with our Savior many times the family failed. This church gives us the support we each need to meet the challenges of the world and to be able to survive. It teaches in simplicity the true doctrine that the Savior taught when he was here on the earth. This is not just a Sunday meeting Church, but an active daily exercise in living the principles that the Savior taught. We must love outselves and love others as ourself and do all we can until it is our turn to return to live with our Elder Brother. The Mormon Church gives me the greatest potential for spiritual growh and development for me and my family.

How I live my faith

Growing up, I was active in the Scouting Program both outside of and within the Church. I have served at various times as a member or director of Railroad Credit Unions, Homeowner Associations, Condo Associations, and have been a member of the National and Florida Association of Realtors. I presently own Fleming Island Realty and try to serve the members of the church who are moving into or out of the local area here in the North Florida area. I served, at the age of 21 as an Elders Quorum President over two wards at the same time. I have served as a Young Men's President, Bishops Counselor, Stake Executive Secretary for 17 years, then as a Bishop, followed by 8 years as Ward Mission Leader and at present as the High Priest Group Leader for the Fleming Island Ward. Some of my happiest times was while serving as Stake Executive Secretary to 3 different Stake Presidents and inviting Preident Hinckly to come and speak at the 50th anniversaary of the creation of the original Florida stake in 1997 which he happily accepted. Also during my time as Bishop and sitting with and counseling with the members and then as the Ward Mission Leader and working with all the fine youngmen who leave the home and families t come serve the Lord and to invite others to come unto Christ and esecially to see the smile of happiness and realization on that new members face and to feel the love they have for sharing a small part of what we as members have of our love for the Savior with them and for them to want to share that same joy with their friends and family and for them to have a testimony that they have found what they had really been looking for and had really know in their heart was aluding them for so many years had now been found and embraced.