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Hi I'm Jimmy

I have grown up in the mountains of North Carolina. I love to hike and be outside. I am a latter day saint.

About Me

I have always loved to joke around and find the humor in life. I know we are all brothers and sisters in this world and it pains me to watch how rude people can be. But so often we witness strangers showing love for each other and it really makes me stoked. I have worked in a restaurant for years and I love meeting new people every day and being able to experience and connect with them. I will attend BYU in 2016 and hope to study pediatric psychology and psychiatry. I enjoy being around children, babysitting and relearning how to just be a kid. I play soccer in my free time as well as go on hikes. Much of my time is spent working. I pay 10 percent of everything I make to the church and don't regret a dime. Up until about five or six years old, I wanted to grow up to be a donkey. I wanted to be a donkey so I could eat the grass and my dad wouldn't have to mow any more. A part of me still likes the idea.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in, raised in, and have grown up in His church. When I was young and even up to baptism I piggy-backed off of my parents' testimonies. My first conversion happened when I was 14 and attended Especially For Youth, a camp full of LDS youth and wholesome activities. I really learned the truthfulness of His gospel that year. I felt the Hold Ghost as I had never felt Him before and he testified of the truth of this church. Part of why that week at camp was so moving for me, is because I have not and do not live in an area with many members. I went to school with three other LDS kids including my sisters and I have seen the issues in the lives of my friends who do not follow the gospel. I can not say I have had more fun than my peers during my youth, but I have felt more joy. I know that fun is no substitute for the pure joy that is brought by living the commandments of the Lord. The peace it brings to our lives is immeasurable. I am a Mormon because I have felt the reality of the Spirit, he has testified the truth of this gospel to me. I know what it is like to live with the guilt of sin and to suffer. However, because of this gospel, I know that I never need to suffer alone. Christ suffered alone so we wouldn't have to. His atonement has been the greatest blessing and comfort in my life thus far.

How I live my faith

I have grown up in the Church my entire life. In a small ward I have always had the opportunity to serve as a group leader or counselor. When I turned 12 I received my first assignment as a home teacher. My companion was a young elder who had recently been on a mission. His inspiration and diligence in keeping his commitment to those families inspired me. He taught me the importance of home teaching. For the past two years or so my companion has been my father. I have been home teaching fairly consistently but have only been out with my father once. Most of the time I set up the times and visit with the families myself. I have had the privilege of growing up with a large group of boys just a few years younger than I. It has been a blessing to me to be able to live as an example to them and to teach them as well as learn from them. In youth group I attended each Wednesday night activity and the service projects that took place several times a year.