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Hi I'm Jim

I grew up in German Catholic community in Minnesota and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tonga, South Pacific.

About Me

I was born in a small little community by the name of Kent, Minnesota, USA where almost everyone I knew was Catholic. I and my brother and two sisters were very active in the church along with my parents and grandparents, all of whom taught me the principles of God and Jesus Christ. I had what I would consider an idealic childhood with plenty of hard work and time to enjoy the outdoors on a dairy farm, where I enjoyed hunting fishing and most any outdoor activity. After graduation with an Agriculture degree from a college near my home in Fargo, North Dakota I got the notion to join the Peace Corps. They offered me several different places to go, but when they said Tonga in the South Pacific Islands I jumped on it. That is where I met my first Mormon. They seemed nice enough to me, though a little conservative. I guess that was the free life I experienced in college had drawn me away from the religious life of my youth and now I was not a practicing Catholic though at that time I still believed it was the one and only true church from which most other churches had broken off. When I started learning more about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, otherwise know as Mormon Church, I realized they also believed it was the only true church of God. That sounded rather arrogant to me, but maybe not quite as much as it would have to a member of some other church because the Catholic church had the same teaching. But there can't be two one and only true churches.

Why I am a Mormon

Before my conversion I spent a lot of time trying to find out which church was God's true church. I met with the Mormon missionaries one night and a couple nights later I would meet with the Marist Brothers to discuss various gospel principles and the history and origin of both religions, then back to the Mormons and on and on I went until I had all my questions answered.The facts and the Holy Spirit testified to me the Mormon church is God's true church. Other churches teach many good principles but they do not have the Priesthood of God. Take marriage for example. Why would I want to spend my whole life with someone I love and be separated at death. God loves us. But that is how other churches perform their marriage, "until death do you part" because they don't have the Priesthood authority to perform eternal marriages. Reformers like Martin Luther were pivotal in bringing about the reformation which was necessary for God's true church,The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, to be able to be established in these Latter Days. I love to read the Bible and the Book of Mormon. I know that God loves all of his children, as much now as in the time of Moses, or any of his prophets and thus he will communicate with his prophets in all times letting them know what he wants his church to do. Prophets are on the earth today. God's son Jesus Christ is my Savior and through repentance and the Atonement, I will be forgiven my sins and live with him someday in heaven.

How I live my faith

My activity in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is one of what seems to be continual activity. Things such as attending church meetings on Sundays, serving God in His Holy Temple, home teaching member families in my neighborhood, teaching a older mens class on Sunday, helping people move from or to a new home, little service projects where needed and even occasionally getting involved in various sports activities like volleyball. Basketball is beyond me at this time. I leave that up to my children. Before I became a member of the Mormon church I had a dilemma to resolve. Even though I was not a practicing Catholic I still believed I was a Catholic, so I had to determine which of these two churches was really Gods true church. It made perfect sense to me that God would have a church that did things the way he wanted things done and he would communicate with the leader of that church to correct any errors . I did find out and I am now a Mormon because of that belief. Reading the scriptures provides a lot of peace and insight in my life. I try to say my prayers often, but am however far from perfect. I do however, have ever so many things to pray to my Father in Heaven about, and through the years he has answered nearly all my prayers. I am often surprised how he has answered them and very seldom is it the way I suggested. HaHa. I must say that things have worked out wonderfully. Except of course, for the things for which I am still praying and waiting for.