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Hi I'm Jim Carlton

I grew up in California. I am a computer tech. I like camping, hiking, and shooting guns. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am a full time student working towards a Network Administration degree and certification, self-employed insurance inspector, husband, and father of 1, and my wife and I are expecting our second child due June 2013. I enjoy shooting guns, hiking, camping, and really anything outdoors, but I also like relaxing inside through video games, board games, and listening to orchestral music. I am a huge sports fan, particularly football, but I will warn you, I am the fairest of the fair weather fans you'll ever meet.

Why I am a Mormon

Being a lifelong member, when I was 14 I decided that I really needed to learn for myself that the Church is true. I was attending Seminary, our church's early morning scripture study class, and that year we were talking about the Book of Mormon. As I read, I had a desire to keep reading, and to learn that it is true. I read the Book of Mormon twice that school year, and when I prayed I felt the Spirit confirm to my heart that it was true. When I was 18 and preparing to serve a full time proselyting mission for the church, I attended Institute, which is like Seminary, but for college age young adults. My teacher was Roy King, who near the end of the class term gave a presentation about the prophet Joseph Smith. As Brother King spoke, the Spirit bore a powerful witness to me, confirming the truth in my mind and my heart. When I think of why I am a Mormon, I think of those two experiences, and know that if Joseph Smith is a true prophet, and the Book of Mormon is true scripture, that I can find peace in knowing that the Lord has set up His church again today, and as I follow current prophets and their counsel, I find a great measure of peace and joy in this life.

How I live my faith

I live my faith my teaching an early morning Bible and other scripture study class, called Seminary, to high school aged young men and women in Paris. I help them see and understand the importance of the Atonement of Christ, and how they can apply it directly in their lives. Through teaching them, I am strengthened myself to be able to better follow the teachings and example of our Savior. I participate in various service projects, including Eagle Projects, Church-sponsored events, and I donate blood frequently. I try to love everyone and treat everyone as equals, just as Christ would have me do.