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Hi I'm Jim Dame

I'm a father of six children and a healthcare provider in the Florida panhandle. I like to sing and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of 5 daughters and 1 son. I have lived most of my life in Florida except for 2 years that I spent in Central America serving as a Full Time Missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. While I used to speak Spanish fluently, I can still make myself understood in that language. I have always loved sports and am an avid college football fan, especially FSU Seminoles. I love spending time with my family and extended family. Grandchildren are a blessing from above, I have 9 with 2 on the way. I love traveling and golfing and wish I could do more of both. I enjoy serving others and helping where I can in the community. My profession is in the healthcare field and it is very rewarding. A goal I have for the future is to travel to all 50 states in the United States of America and especially visit all the National Parks. I am a convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I joined the church along with my older brother and my mother in November, 1966. My father had passed away the previous year. The Church came into our lives at just the right time and gave us an anchor for the future. Joining the LDS Church is absolutely one of the greatest decisions I have made in my life. It was like finding home with a family all ready for us to join in. Over the years, my knowledge of the Savior and my faith in Him has grown. Also my love for people and I recognize them as my brothers and sisters because we are His children.

Why I am a Mormon

As a child, I was not raised in a strong religious household. My father was an avid golfer and spent his weekends playing. My mom took care of her 2 sons. When we went to church, we attended the Methodist church, but mostly we went to Youth Sunday School and then mom picked us up afterwards and we changed clothes and headed out to the golf course to meet up with dad. When I was 13, my father and I were baptized into the Methodist church. My father had never been baptized into any church growing up. Within a short time after his baptism, my father died of a fatal heart attack. One day almost a year later, two young Mormon Missionaries met my mother and asked her if she would like to learn more about their church. She invited them to come to our house and share their lessons. We met weekly with them for 6 lessons and started attending church with them. The feelings we had during the lessons and while attending church were so strong and so familiar that it was like we were uncovering feelings and beliefs that had been deep-rooted inside all along. While we had felt no strong connection to the Methodist church, with the Latter-day Saints church we felt right at home from the start and it was as if we had come home. Everything was natural, warm and friendly and it felt right. The doctrine we were taught regarding Christ's mission, the Plan of Salvation and especially of prophets again upon the earth with true Priesthood power made perfect sense and the Holy Ghost bore witness to our spirit that is was true doctrine. I had no trouble believing that Joseph Smith saw God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ and is the Prophet of the Restoration. I believe that by divine commission, he received an ancient record which had been preserved for our day and which he translated so that we could have The Book of Mormon. I believe it to be another book of holy scripture equal to the Bible and a Second Witness of Jesus Christ. The LDS Church is the true church of God

How I live my faith

I feel that it is important to be involved in my church and the community. I love people and I don't think I have ever met a stranger. Through my 4+ decades as a member of the LDS Church, I have had so many opportunities to serve people. I cherished the time that I served as Bishop which gave me a chance to meet with and counsel people in their times of trouble or distress, but it also a chance to share in their successes and joys. Service in the Church has given me opportunity to witness of Jesus Christ and bear testimony of his divine mission as our Savior and Redeemer. I have also had opportunities to work with the youth of the Church and in Boy Scouts. There is nothing more rewarding than to help a young man grow up a strong leader and a man of God with strong morals. Another thing that has been very rewarding is participating in our Hometeaching program. This is a program where each adult male priesthood holder is assigned a certain number of families to visit and watch oversee. For me many times, I have had the opportunity to watch over some of the widows in our Ward, to cut their grass or fix things that they couldn't do themselves, to visit them and share a spiritual thought from the scriptures. It's a privilege to be there in their time of need. I currently serve as the Adult Sunday School instructor and enjoy the challenge this affords me each week to stay on my toes and be prepared.

Are Mormons Christians?

Jim Dame
Let me add my answer to this question just has President Hinckley has done above: YES, we are Christians. We love and honor Jesus Christ as our Savior and Redeemer. We worship him. We belong to His Church. We believe that through Jesus Christ we can be forgiven of our sins and have the opportunity for Eternal Life and Exaltation. We believe that he atoned for our sins in the Garden of Gethsemane and then gave His life willingly on the Cross and then took it up again so that we could each be resurrected as he was. Jesus Christ is our Elder Brother, the Great Jehovah, the Prince of Peach and is the source of everything that is good in this world. Show more Show less