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Hi I'm Jim

I'm a husband, father, and follower of Jesus Christ.

About Me

I am the husband of my beautiful wife and father of four great kids who definitely keep me on my toes. In my four minutes of spare time I enjoy working in the yard or exercising. I also enjoy riding my mountain bike to work a few times a week as I am definitely wide awake and ready to work when I arrive. As my kids get older I have plans of teaching them how to surf and scuba dive so that I can get back in the water with them. Some of our favorite family activities are camping or Friday night movie night with lots of popcorn. I served a mission in Tacloban City Philippines and was able to enjoy the beauty of the Philippines and graciousness of the Filipino people while learning the Waray-Waray dialect. While I have lost a lot of my language skills I still get cravings for some of the excellent Filipino food although I can't say I have had any cravings for baloot yet. I work with chocolate everyday, which helps keep things fun and my kids think I have the best job in the world. I work with a great group of people which makes the job that much better!

Why I am a Mormon

My family has a long history in the church, however, as every other active member can attest, you have to gain a personal testimony of the gospel to be truly converted. I do not remember one big experience as to when I said that this is definitely Christ's church upon the earth, rather it was a series of experiences that helped shape my testimony and come to the knowledge that the church was true. I remember singing as a young child in primary and having a great feeling of love and peace in my heart. I know that this was the Holy Spirit telling me that the words of the song I was singing were true. I remember a youth camping trip where we had the opportunity to share our thoughts about the church and feeling that same great feeling of love and peace as my friends talked of their love for the teachings of Jesus Christ and how they had helped them in their struggles. I gained a strong conviction of the truthfullness of the Book of Mormon as I took on the personal challenge to read it every day and try to apply it's teachings. Now as I read the Book of Mormon along with my study of the Bible I am reminded time and again how they work together to support the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As I have the opportunity to sit at the feet of living prophets and apostles twice a year I again have the opportunity to feel the love and peace of the words they share, knowing they are the words our loving Heavenly Father wants us to hear. There are always words of encouragement and love, insight on how to become a better husband and father, and warnings on what I can do to guard myself and my family from the influences of satan. I am thankful to be a member of the church because of the great peace I am able to have in my life as I try my best to live the gospel of Jesus Christ. I am thankful for the Atonement of Jesus Christ which allows me to overcome my mistakes and move my life forward.

How I live my faith

My goal each day is to apply the teachings of Jesus Christ in my life and the choices I make. Some days I feel like I have done a pretty good job and other days I end my day with the thought that I am going to do better tomorrow. As long as I can keep getting up the next day trying to do better, I think I am on the right track.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

I believe that those that call Mormonism a cult have not truly investigated the church from the source of members or missionaries and so are lacking in understanding. My wife shared with me that growing up she had many great friends that were not members of the church. She found out later on that many of these same friends were attending churches that were actively teaching against Mormonism, claiming it was a cult. This was hard for my wife because her friends knew who she was, they had spent many hours in her home with her family, they had seen the pictures of Christ on the walls of her home. They knew that she was trying to be a good person and striving to follow the teachings of our Savior Jesus Christ. My hope is that now that these friends have grown and reflect upon their childhood friendships that they recall the type of Christian my wife was striving to be and realize the truth. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

The Atonement of Jesus Christ is the bridging of the gap between us as sinful mortal beings and our perfect Father in Heaven. Jesus offered to come and pay the price for all sins so that we have the ability to repent and move our lives forward with the ultimate goal of being able to live with our Heavenly Father and older brother Jesus Christ again. Because of the atonement we can become free from our sins and the guilt that comes with them. I know that this is true because I have made mistakes, repented and am able to feel peace in my life. By allowing Himself to die upon the cross our Savior broke the bands of death and has given the gift of the resurrection to each of us. Show more Show less