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Hi I'm James

I'm a Mormon and have been since the age of 11. I was born in Robstown, TX. I retired and now live in Puerto Vallarta, MX

About Me

I am a retired federal employee. I am a member since the age of 11 when my mother and siblings all converted. As a young man a did not serve a LDS mission and have since then felt that need to serve Jesus Christ and my brothers and sisters by serving a full time mission. I have served in many callings in the church since my youth. I am married and my wonderful wife and I have already received our mission call. We will soon serve as senior missionaries in Mexico. I am anxiously looking forward to my full time mission service. As a young man I read in the Book of Mormon in Alma 37:37 "counsel with the Lord in all thy doings and he will direct you for good". I have always tried to live my life by this counsel. I am the father of 3 wonderful children and the grandfather of 7. I love my Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ. I love the gospel of Jesus Christ. I love doing geneology and can now say that I have traced my roots back to the 1400s.

Why I am a Mormon

I was converted to this gospel at the age of 11, when my mother and older siblings also converted. I am 63 years old, retired, and have always been active serving diligently and faithfully in many church callings. I know that this gospel is true. I have read the Book of Mormon many times over, from cover to cover. I have followed the teachings of the prophets as found in these scriptures and I know that this book is true. I have a strong testimony that this book truly was written by prophets of old in the ancient American continent. I know that God lives and that His Son Jesus Christ is my redeemer and savior of this world. Every calling that I have held in the church has helped to strengthen my testimony and my conviction to stay active in church and continue to participate. As a young man I did not give myself the opportunity to serve a full time mission. I have always felt a void in my life because of this. When I met my wife at church 5 years ago, I discussed with her my desire to serve a full time senior mission. When she said she felt the same way and told me her desire to serve, I asked her to marry me and we started the preparations we felt we needed to make. These preparations brought both of us to go to our bishop so that we could start our missionary application. We now have our calling and are scheduled to report to the missionary training center in Mexico City for the duration of our 18 month mission. We truly have felt the Lord's blessings and hand during our preparations. We both feel so blessed to be able to serve our brothers and sisters. During my lifetime in this gospel I have had so many wonderful and very spiritual leaders who have helped to mold and shape me into the person I am today, still active and with a wonderful desire to continue in church service. While many retired persons just think about what they want to do or where they want to go, my desire is to continue to serve until I am called to leave this earth.

How I live my faith

My last church calling was as the ward mission leader. My wife was assigned as my missionary companion. We both participated together in visiting the newly converted members and instructing them from the new member lessons. This way we could keep the new members active and help with their retention. We also participated actively with the search of new persons so the missionaries could teach. We also regularly have visited with members who have gone inactive to try and activate them again, helping several to return back to full activity. I enjoy doing geneology and have helped members and non members alike to find their ancesters. My wife and I help the members on occasion by providing rides for them as the need arises, from taking them to the doctor or to church or other necessities. This reason being that in Mexico many persons do not own vehicles and their only means of transportation is on foot. Every time a person(s) is baptized, my wife and I prepare an evening meal so that they can come into our home. This gives each one of us the opportunity to know each other on a more personal basis. When the young men of our ward complete a service project as a group, I invite them over to our home where they are allowed to go swimming in our pool and my wife prepares a meal for them as recognition for their service. Once or twice a month we prepare the noon meal for all six missionaries in our ward, as do all the other members in the ward. In this manner the missionary does not have to use his own money and his mission expense is less while out serving. As a member of a certain bishopric, I used to help carry the youth to the temple which was 4 hours away. They would participate with doing baptisms and confirmations and we would then return home. I have been a chaperon at church dances and all kinds of youth activities, such as youth conference. I have a strong testimony that God lives and that Jesus Christ is the redeemer and savior of this world.