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Hi I'm Jim

I am proud to be an American living in Texas, but I really enjoyed the 23 months my wife and I lived in Russia. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I have four children and 13 grandchildren. I was a "bean counter" (accountant) before I retired. I also served in the US Navy. "I love my land America." But also love many people we met in Russia.

Why I am a Mormon

Both my Mother and Father were members of the Church. But as I have served Heavenly Father, He has blessed me in many ways. To know there is life after we die brings me peace of mind. As I serve others I feel great joy. To know that God lives and loves me helps me deal with my problems. To know that God still talks to Prophets shows His love for me and His other children. As I see so many problems in the world, I am grateful to know that when Christ comes a second time, if I do what is right, I can live in peace with Him. I am very blessed. And that is why I am Mormon.

How I live my faith

I am grateful for the opportunity the Lord gave me and my wife to serve Him in Russia. We spent 23 months in Russia teaching the leaders of the Church throughout much of Russia about Church financial procedures. We traveled more than 100,000 miles (160,000 kilometers) within Russia and met many wonderful people whom we grew to love. Even though we spoke very little Russian, many times a Russian would recognize we needed help and would help us, even if they didn't speak English. Like Scouts, the Russians were "helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, etc." Because our experience in Russia was so tremendous, we volunteered again to serve Heavenly Father. We have been asked to help some of the young adults 20 to 30 years old feel the love of their Heavenly Father and want to do what He wants them to do. We will serve God in Texas and are certain we will grow to love those great people just as we love the wonderful people we met in Russia.

What are Mormon temples used for?

I am grateful for Temples, places where we go to make promises to the Lord for ourselves and for those who have already died. Christ said people must be baptized to enter the Kingdom of God (John 3:5); yet many people didn't have the opportunity to hear about Christ while they were alive. In the Temple we give these people the same opportunity to live with Jesus by being baptized for them. If a person doesn't want to be with Jesus, he has the freedom to not accept the baptism that is done for him in the Temples. Show more Show less