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Hi I'm James L. Kirschbaum

I am a third-generation San Franciscan and have spent much of my life living in the Bay Area but have retired to Eagle, Idaho.

About Me

I enjoy skiing, bicycling, keeping physically fit, and I am a long-term tennis enthusiast though I recently switched to racquetball because of a bad right shoulder. I love the theater (both movies and plays) and I spend quite a bit of time honing my investment skills and portfolio. I have become interested in missionary work and family history since my retirement almost three years ago.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother has a long LDS family history, which includes many pioneer ancestors. My dad was a convert, and he has served as both a bishop and a stake president. I grew up in the Church in both Utah and California. I did not gain a testimony of it until my beliefs were challenged by several of my friends, and I acquired my own Moroni 10:4 testimony of its truthfulness by prayerfully and exhaustively studying the Book of Mormon. I love reading the scriptures, both the Bible and the Book of Mormon. I have a special place in my heart for the Book of Mormon since it was written for my people. I am now completing my 29th reading of it which sounds like a lot, but it should have been more if I have not spend as much time reading much less rewarding and less inspiring fictional and non-fictional books. I must confess that I have occasionally read the Book of Mormon like a novel, but my most successful experiences have been when I read it prayerfully, with a purpose, or have used a commentary such as the Book of Mormon Made Easier by David Ridges or Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon or a LDS Institute student manual. I have found that the Book of Mormon is an extraordinary missionary tool, and I have had much more success having investigators read and prayerfully study its pages to gain a witness by the Holy Ghost of the Church's truthfulness rather than debating the interpretation of Biblical scriptures. In these days when many people regard the Bible as nothing more than history or fairy tales, I am thankful for the Book of Mormon as a strong testament of the truthfulness of the Bible and of Christ and his atonement. It is extraordinary in teaching its readers of the doctrines of Christ and His divinity. Because of it, I can say that I know that God and Christ live and that both the Bible and the Book of Mormon are true.

How I live my faith

I have taught budgeting, finance, and investment classes and have assisted people in their personal finances and investments. In my ward, I have had teaching, leadership and administrative assignments. I am naturally reserved, but I have been striving to reach out to others. I love to serve, and I seek opportunities within and outside the church to help others. I served a two and one half youth mission in the Philippines and recently completed an 18 month humanitarian mission with my wife in South Africa. In a few days I will start a member/leader support (MLS) mission in Kauai.