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Hi I'm Jim

I grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida. I played baseball for the University of Miami and the University of Tampa. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband and father of five. My wife and I were both married before and had children in our previous marriages. We also had a son together. Our family of "his", "hers", and "ours" consists of four boys and a girl. My younger years were spent playing baseball; and then I served a four year commitment in the United States Marine Corps Reserves.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized and became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints when I was 37 years old. Growing up I was never required to attend any church, and my family was not religious. My parents were divorced when I was three or four. My mother raised me, and although we didn't attend a church, she did make it a point to teach me that Jesus Christ was my Savior. As I grew into adulthood, I began to resent organized religions and pointed to examples throughout history where leaders of different religions made changes to, or reformations, of the contemporary religions of their times. I came to view these churches as vehicles for power and money. When I first started learning about (investigating) the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, I learned that the church, on the local level, is led by a "lay" ministry. All of the leaders are volunteers, and in most cases, hold jobs within my community. This fascinated me because whatever position, or "Calling", they hold, is for the most part, temporary. Once they have been released from their "job" in the Church, they no longer have the authority of the position. Therefore, there is no "power" to control people. Likewise, the tithing is paid between you and a member of the Bishopric in a sealed envelope. There are no plates being passed around and what you pay in tithing is between you and the Lord. So this Church is not about power, prestige, control or money. The members volunteer their time and talents for Jesus Christ, so that they may serve Him, and help others come unto Him. His gospel and priesthood authority was restored on earth and is exercised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints today. It is because of this restoration of the church that Jesus organized during his ministry on earth, that I was able to attend church knowing that it was sanctified of God; and not for the greed of man.

How I live my faith

I am very involved in my local church (Ward). I am a counselor in the Bishopric, which means that I assist the Bishop of our church when he needs. I am honored to serve the members of my community as they grow closer to our Lord, Jesus Christ. Often times, I have the opportunity to serve by helping families move into, or out of, the area; or by visiting families in their homes and helping them with little things like mowing their lawn, or giving them a ride. By practicing random acts of kindness, I feel closer to my Savior.