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Hi I'm Jim Crane

I grew up in California. I work and attend BYUI. I am a Mormon

About Me

I am married to a wonderful women who has made me a better man. She has helped me recognize virtues like kindness and patience show our love to those around us. She is the mother of our six children. They are our life. I love to learn and I am currently a student at BYU Idaho. My major is Math-Ed and minor in Phys Ed. My daughter is serving a mission in Las Vegas, Nevada, so I work full time now while taking one class a semester. I work for Jensen Drywall full time. I love working outdoors at my home, gardening, raising chickens, cattle and other animals in the future. (sheep, pigs) I like to do home improvement projects when I have the time. I enjoy reading and watching good movies.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of the examples of faithful members our church. Theirs lives reflected the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. I wanted to be like them, like Him. My father's side of the family are 5 generation Mormons. Something I did not know until I was 15. At the age of 22 my grandmother sent a referal to the missionaries to teach me the gospel. I was prepared to recieve them. I desired to be made clean motivated by a fear of dying and going to hell. When the Elders came to my home a felt a spirit that I never recognized before. At first, I thought it ws them. I didn't want them to leave. When I attended church I didn't want to leave. Later I learned that spirit could be with me always. What grew out of fear turned into love. Shortly after being baptized an overwhelming feeling of darkness and guilt came upon me. As I learned from reading the scriptures; choices I had made in my life haunted me. I called my Bishop to talk with him. I met him at his house. As I related my feelings to him he assured me that when I entered the waters of baptism all my sins had been forgiven. I cannot describe the feeling that I had. I felt as if I was floating above the ground. The weight of sin had been lifted from me. I had no desire to harm a living creature not even the ants below my feet. My desire to sin was gone; I wanted to do good always. This desire has been with me ever since. I still make mistakes, so I continue to repent. My love for the Savior is what motivates me to do good. I am grateful for good examples. Joseph Smith is our pattern for coming to the truth. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the restoration of Christ's church when He lived upon the earth. The priesthood has been restored to administer essential ordinances to return to the presence of the Father. We are lead by Jesus Christ through His servant Thomas S. Monson, a living Prophet. I know Christ lives and He is the son of our Father in Heaven. We are the children of God.

How I live my faith

I love serving those around me. We live in a community where neighbors help one another. Examples would include hauling hay, moving sprinkler pipe for our pastures, building a shop, fixing sprinklers, sharing tools to ferterlize, moving snow and putting up fences. I visit regularly the same three families a month. We (we serve in pairs) usually take a spiritual message once a month and provide service to those families when needed. I serve the students at BYUI in the 53rd Ward. Our home is open to the students to come in groups to share in an evening where we have a spiritual message, music, fun activity and most importantly tasty treats.:) On a community level we do projects like cleaning our parks, painting our buildings, weeding, and general lawn work. Once a year we have a fund raiser for our local high school band by having a Glen Miller night. Great food and music. I usually help in decorating the local elementary school for this event.