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Hi I'm Jim

I am a Mormon. Everything good in my life has come from my decision to join The Church.

About Me

I was born and raised in Colorado. I have lived (because of my work as a social worker) in Colorado, Utah, Nevada, and Florida. I have always wanted to do the work that I am doing to help individuals, children, marriages, and families. I am so blessed in my life!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised going to many churches. I went to church with whomever I was with for the weekend. In some cases, I went to religious activites with friends and families during the week too! I must admit that I was often confused. When I was 12, I chose to get baptized in one of the churches I had previously attended because I felt it was important to keep the commandment to be baptized. At that time, I also decided that I wanted to read the Bible. I read it from cover to cover. Then, I made a friend in 7th grade that was just the best person to be around. She was always kind to me and my family. She seemed different than my other friends. She seemed genuinely happy. I did not know why this was or what made her different, but we became very good friends. Eventually, we reached the age where I was allowed by my parents to date. I decided that I wanted to ask her out. I felt certain that she would accept my invitation after being friends all these years. I knew that she cared for me, and I certainly cared for her. She said that she could not date me because she had not yet reached the age to be able to date. I inquired about this. She told me that there was a prophet on the earth that said that young people should not date until they were 16 years of age. I found this interesting and perplexing. I had read the Bible by now and I definitely believed in God. However, my church really never told me about things like dating and things like that. I kind of scared her when I stated asking about her church. She timidly gave me a book called "A Marvelous Work and A Wonder." I read it quickly. As I read it, I learned about a book called "The Book of Mormon." I asked her if I might have a copy of this book. Inside the copy that she gave me she wrote a simple sentence, "Please read this with an open mind." I began to read The Book of Mormon. I immediately recognized it as scripture. I knew because of reading the Bible that this was scripture. I felt immediately that it was true. By the time I read the incredible story of Lehi's dream, I knew what I was reading was the word of God. I asked if I might learn more about the Church and join it. To my surprise, my parents agreed and I was allowed to meet with the missionaries and join the Church. My baptism day was one of the most special days of my life. Just months later, everything fell apart for me. My father began to oppose my attending the Church. He forbade me to attend the Church any longer. On some Sundays he literally blocked the door and prevented me from leaving. Some days he would force me to sit in the kitchen and listen to him read books or other literature that said that the Church was not true. It was a dark and hard time and I hated that I could not attend Church. It would be 5 years before I would be able to get away from his influence and attend Church again. When I decided to serve a mission, I wondered what he would do and how he would respond. He did everything he could to stop me, including trying to arrange meetings with a local minister who was very much opposed to the Church. However, the Lord blessed me to be able to avoid those meetings and serve a mission to Southern California. Since that time, I have been blessed to have countless opportunities to grow and progress in the Gospel. I completed my mission, returned and served in my Branch and worked in the temple each week. Eventually, I married in the temple even though most my family could not attend. It was such a remarkable day. It was another of the most remarkable days of my life. I have been richly blessed with a wonderful wife and 5 wonderful children. They are truly the light of my life. Everything good in my life, every truly happy memory in my life, has come as a result of my decision to join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I know that God our Heavenly Father lives. I know He sent His Beloved Son to Redeem me and give me hope. I know that the Prophet Joseph Smith was a true prophet. I know that Brother Joseph did have the First Vision, translate The Book of Mormon, and do the work of restoring the true church on the earth again. I know that there are living prophets and apostles on the earth today and that the Lord works through priesthood authority to bless the lives of His children. Each day I awaken, I am filled with gratitude that the Lord cares for me and my family. Each night as I retire to my bed, I feel so blessed that my life is enriched so fully by the true Gospel. It means everything to me!

How I live my faith

I was just recently asked to teach a Sunday School class for new members of the Church. I love it so very much. Before that, I was teaching the music to the children under the age of 12. We have over 200 children and I did that for 3 years. I love to serve in the church. I chose my picture because I am in the middle of serving ice cream at a party. I am most comfortable if I am serving, working, or helping others. I love that the Church allows me to be of service. I also enjoy the early morning hours of the day. I love to start each day very early. I pray, read my scriptures, and spend time studying the lessons and messages from our leaders. I have been doing this for over 20 years, every day, and it has richly blessed my life! I love spending time with my family. We have a special family night each week. We pray together and study the scriptures together every day. My wife and I have a weekly date and we try to go to the temple often. I take my kids on a "Daddy Date" at least one time per month to just do something fun with them. I also love to have "Father's Interviews" once a month with each child to help them with whatever we are doing. We also try to have fun and laugh a lot, whether it be at family dinner, playing together, or on vacation! Family is the best!

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Jim
I love to read the scriptures! I don't want to sound like I am bragging at all, but I have been reading the scriptures everyday for over 20 years. I feel such a desire to study God's word that I will not let a day go by without reading from my scriptures. Usually I get up early in the morning and study first thing. It makes my day go better to study the word of God and pray before everything else begins. Someone has said, "When you want to talk to God, you pray. When you want Him to talk to you, you read the scriptures." I know that He has talked to me and helped me and taught me, because I read His words every day! What a blessing it is to have scriptures! Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Jim
When I was a missionary people would often talk about the Mormons. When they did, I would often ask them, "Has anyone ever told you why Mormons are called Mormons?" No one ever said "yes" to that questions. If they permitted me, I would take a couple of minutes and tell them something like this: About 600 years before Christ, a man named Lehi lived with his family in Jerusalem. He was commanded by the Lord to take his family into the wilderness and promised that they would be delivered to a new land. They were led by the Lord to the American continents. They established a civilization there and, as they did in the Bible, kept a record of their interactions with God and teachings from their leaders and prophets. That record was passed on through time, recording the Gospel and the people's efforts to live that Gospel. The highlight of the record is the visit and personal ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ to these people shortly after his crucifixion and resurrection. The people were so affected by his personal ministry, teaching many of the same things he taught to his people in the Biblical record, that there was peace for over 200 years. Ultimately, the record ended up in the hands of a young man by the name of Mormon. Mormon was given the responsibility to consolidate the key parts of those records. He completed his work and passed that record on to his son, called Moroni. Moroni completed his father's record and hid it in the earth. That same Moroni appeared to Joseph Smith in modern day and, through the power and blessings of God, helped it to be brought forth and translated for us to read. That book is called, "The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ." Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, have been nicknamed "Mormons" because of that book! Show more Show less