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Hi I'm Jim

I grew up in the Cleveland Ohio Area. I am a Chemical Engineer and a convert. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I am now a retired Chemical Engineer having spent 30 years designing and building factories in Brazil, Wales, Japan, and the US. I am the father of 5 wonderful children who are all now independent with families of their own. My wife and I have been married 46 years. My parents have both now passed away along with both of my siblings. I was born in Illinois and, between job transfers and schooling, have moved 27 times.

Why I am a Mormon

I became a "Mormon" when I was 18 years old. At that time, I had stopped attending the churches that our family had been attending because the services seemed "incomplete". My parents also had been moving from one Protestant faith to another...seeking fulfillment. When I first met with the missionaries, I decided to prove their message was wrong. The more I heard, and the more I studied; the more logical the principles sounded. In the end, I came to the conclusion that I could not prove they or The Book of Mormon were wrong. I was left with the position that only God could tell me whether it was right. So, finally, I began to pray. It was hard for an "almost agnostic Christian" to pray and believe that I would get an answer. But, as it turned out, I did receive an overwhelming impression that it was all true. And, once you know something is true, ....if you're honest....you have to do something about it. I chose to be baptized in 1962. After many years now of additional study and prayer, I still know that it was the right choice. My life has been filled with peace and happiness. Also filled with experiences that would never have come my way without Church Activity and Service. It has been a comfort to find congregations of welcoming and happy "Mormons" in every corner of the world. So, when we've moved, we still have "instant family and friends"...regardless of the language.

How I live my faith

Shortly after my conversion to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I set my university studies aside and served as a full-time missionary in Brazil for two years. I love to help friends and neighbors discover their Family History. I also serve as the Treasurer of my condominium association's board of directors (and a past president). I sing in various church and community choirs and accompany "congregational singing" as a pianist. I enjoy sharing the Christmas spirit by baking and distributing goodies with my wife. My wife and I have served two full-time missions together as a couple. The first one was in Brazil with the Perpetual Education Fund....helping disadvantaged young adults with loans and grants for higher education and technical schooling. The second missions was to serve as staff members in a Family History Library. All of these activities are volunteer service with no remuneration. The pleasure of service is reward enough.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Jim
We believe that we are saved by Grace ...AFTER all we can do. The Savior said "not everyone who sayeth Lord, Lord will enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he who doeth the will.... The basic concept is that men must be trying with all their hearts to live the Savior's teachings and then His Grace will make up for our deficiencies so that salvation can be ours. Our Faith is expressed through our actions. Choosing to "come follow Me" allows Him to redeem us through His Grace. Lip service is not sufficient. Show more Show less