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Hi I'm J. Chipman

I love family and friends. My profession is to help improve health.

About Me

From my childhood I claim myself as both a Texan and Hoosier--though I spent most of my childhood in Indiana. One of my favorite hobbies has always been playing tennis. Because of the demands of schooling however, I haven't had as much time to play as I'd like during the recent years. Inspired largely by my father's work and interests, I too am interested in health research. Now I work as a (cough) statistician, researching better ways to combat cancer.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I was born into a Mormon family, I had my own personal conversion. I was baptized because I believed the teachings of my parents and felt it was what God wanted me to do. Still, there was a lot of learning and growing ahead of me. During a year or two of my younger teenage years, I really thought I was cool. Sadly, I wasn't living up to my full potential at the time. I'd say that I was allowing myself to trip up on stumbling blocks. At one point, I realized I wasn't as happy as I was before. I felt humbled and in need of seeking God's forgiveness. I promised God that I would live as one whom others could look to as an example of what I believed. As I prayed, I felt an overwhelming sense of love and forgiveness. I gained a personal assurance of the truthfulness of my beliefs. The experience was so powerful to me that it came to my memory every day throughout the rest of junior high, and even through much of high school. I began making decisions based upon what I felt was right, rather than trying to impress others. This resulted in great confidence in myself and God. As I lived what I believed, I continued to have experiences which solidified my Mormon beliefs. I feel that I am continually drawing closer to God, which means everything in the world to me. And that is why I continue to believe what I believe.

How I live my faith

Loving. Learning. Obeying. Sharing. These four words summarize much of how I strive to live my faith, and they are all closely related. Jesus showed us 'the way, the truth, and the light,' and it's my aim to discover and live his example and teachings. I show love by serving others. At church I serve my church leaders by taking notes of their meetings and attending to some administrative details. This allows them more time to focus their attention on reaching out to those in need. As a friend, I always try to lend a listening and encouraging ear. Whenever possible I try to find ways to help out with something going on their life. I learn a lot from the example of those around me. Friends, both Mormons and non-Mormons, show me how to love as Jesus loves. I am so very appreciative of their influence upon me. Not only do I look to my friends, but I try to take a little time every day to study the scriptures. By seeking to learn, I allow myself to discover new ways to improve my life. God gives commandments not to make life difficult, but rather to bless us in uncountable ways. Many blessings I recognize and appreciate, and I believe there are many more blessing which God gives yet I don't perceive. I believe this because I look back in my life and see with hindsight how my life was blessed for following God's commandments. By striving to obey God's commands, I feel I draw closer to him and express my love and trust in him. Some of my richest experiences are when friends and I learn more of each others faiths. So, shoot me an email or mention something to me. I know God loves me, and I strive to learn to love God ever more throughout my life.

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

J. Chipman
One of our greatest life blessings is our body. Like the parable of the talents, we have the opportunity to develop and make the most out of our body. Basic health practices, such as sleeping, exercising, and eating well, allow us to work productively throughout the day and bless the lives of others. I recently graduated from graduate school and began with my friends to search for employment. My friends, even of other faiths, would frequently comment that an opportunity would or wouldn't feel right. I believe it's very important that we pay attention to both our thoughts and feelings. We all come to life with a conscious, and God influences us through our thoughts and feelings. This being said, it is important that we are careful of the influences upon our mind and heart. A commandment we follow in the church is the 'Word of Wisdom,' which is that we refrain from any substances (and even visual images) which have the potential to impair our thinking and feeling. I am grateful to follow this word of wisdom; it has blessed me to think clearly through my studies and make wise life decisions. As we allow our heart and mind to be free to receive God's guidance, it is truly a temple unto where God's influence may abide and direct our lives. Show more Show less