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Hi I'm Jim

I'm the oldest brother; to six brothers and three sisters, a talented cook, a shameless turbo nerd and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm currently Serving (or did serve) a Mission in the California Oakland San Fransisco Mission. I have been a missionary since Summer 2011 I'll be a missionary until summer 2012. I have loved everything I've gotten to do so far I have loved getting to work with people from all parts of the world and declaring the gospel of Jesus Christ I have a strong interest in cooking, Social Sciences, writing and stories. I can often talk someones ear off. I love my family and love spending time with other people. And I'm a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member all my life. The Gospel finally became a real thing to me in my teens, when I began to really look at the things that it taught. I chose to be mormon because the teachings of the church inspire a bad person to be a good one, and a good one to be better. In the end this gospel is all about making fallen man a Christ like man.

How I live my faith

Right now, I live it every day by going out and teaching it to others in the San Fransico Bay area. Before then I lived it by keeping the commandments and being kinder to others than I would have been if I wasn't a Latter Day Saint. I try, in simple, to be like Jesus.

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Jim
There are many reasons that we obey the Word of Wisdom. The two most important of these Ideas in my opinion is; 1st. God commanded us to avoid those through his living prophet today. 2nd. God commanded us to avoid these things so that we may have a fuller part of our agency. (agency or ability to make choices freely) All addictions take away a part of an individuals ability to act as much as hand cuffs or fetters (handcuffs for your ankles) God is all about our ability to act. He loves us and wants us to make good choices so that we can make better choices. Satan, the enemy of all of us, and of God, wants us to make bad choices that will leave us no choices at all. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Jim
One of the things the Book of Mormon teaches is that "the Natural man is an enemy to God, and has been since the fall of Adam" If Jesus was not part of the plan of salvation, every time we made a mistake or a sin, we would be separated from our Father in heaven. We could almost think of this like a ratchet. Every step away from God locks us one step further from him. Jesus Christ, as our savior allows us to become a friend to God. he "Opens the Ratchet" as it were and makes it possible for us to go back to God, and be forgiven of our sins. Because we were separated from God by the fall of Adam, and became "natural Man" we needed a savior to help us to become "spiritual man" and return to the God that loves us. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Jim
When the Missionaries comes to your home, we will share the message of Jesus Christ. We will share about his love for all of us and how he and God the Father have prepared a plan for us. They will share with you what Christ asks of us as his followers, and the commandments he has given us to find happiness here in mortality. And they will share with you about how the Church of God is to be organized, why we have it and how it is lost and returned. In three sentences, that is all of it. However, This message can not be learned all at once. And learning the truthfulness of it requires reading, study and prayer. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Jim
Cult is a word that is often thrown around. It tends to be charged with ideas like human sacrifice, poisoned cool-aid, funny robes and brain washing. For someone who has; misconceptions about the Church, a fear of loosing members of their own church, or who doesn't understand why their friend suddenly stopped drinking, swearing, going to parties and out to see R rated movies with them, it is understandable The dictionary definitions of "cult" are along the lines of an "unorthodox group of believers" or "A group with a codified belief system that follows a leader" by the second loosly defined (I don't have a dictionary on hand) definition all of Christianity and Islam and Judaism could be called a cult. In a non-charged form of english, Cult and Sect are about the same word. More often though, we are called 'Cult' in an attack bassed out of either ignorance, or false information. As true knowlege becomes more common among the world, hate and use of such words will decrease, and the Love of Christ and understanding will take its place. Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Jim
Part of the Church's stance on abortion comes through our understanding of the Plan of Salvation. ('Our beliefs' up above) This understanding that All human beings lived with God before we came here is one of the key parts of it. All people are coming here to learn something. It is not our place to deny them their opportunities at a mortal life. There are very few exceptions to this; When the health of the Mother is in such a state the allowing the pregnancy to continue will result in her death or a permanent loss of her health. When the pregnancy is the result of incest or rape (even with rape, it is encouraged to let the child live) or when the child is developing is such a way that he/she has no chance of survival. The focus of the Church on abortion is not the mother. It is the the child. The child who is a son or daughter of God, who has every right to live in a loving home where s/he will be loved and nurtured. They have every right to live and no one has a right to take that from them. They have every right to be raised in a home with a loving Mother and Father, who honor and respect eachother as husband and wife. When the birth parents have no ability to provide that to the child, it is their obligation to place them in a home with adoptive parents who can. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Jim
Missionaries fund themselves. This is a volunteer work that we make, a sacrifice on all its parts. For a long time, a Missionary would be given time to build up more funds for the place he would be serving if it was more expensive. This became a problem for some missionaries that were serving in expensive parts of the world, (San Fransico or London) and was very easy for missionaries going to parts where it was cheap to live (Brazil or Mexico) The Church began the missionary equalization fund. All missionaries pay $400 USD a month to fund their missions. One doesn't pay more than the other, so it is fair, and the differences can be redistributed through the church so that all missionaries can serve with an expected cost. If the missionary wasn't able to raise the funds himself, his family and friends support him. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Jim
We believe, and always have believed the Bible to be the word of God. The Bible, as far as it is translated and preserved correctly is near perfect. Personally, my first spiritual experience with any scripture was with the Bible. After having had a really, really rough day (It still goes down as my worst) at my school, I had knocked my scriptures off my dresser. As I went to pick them up I saw that the Bible had fallen open. It took me years to find the verse again, but from that hard day and the spiritual witness I recieved after reading it, Romans 8:35-39 has long been a favorite scripture. As a Mormon, I regard the Bible as many things; Letters, sermons, guidance and protection from errors, from our Father in Heaven. It also contains many stories, many historical accounts, and many testimonies that lift me up as I try to understand God. I do not consider the Bible to be absolute though. Nor do I consider it to be "God" as some I have encountered do. It is not all of what God has to offer us here. How could we ever contain even a fraction of an infinante beings knowlege and guidance in a volume that is only around 750,000 words long? (Consider that the US tax law is a volume of 3,000,000 words. 4 times as long as the bible) The Bible is great, but it in no way denies that there will be continued revelation. The book of Mormon does not take from the bible, nor the Bible from the Book of Mormon. The two are powerful to building us up in understanding God. Show more Show less