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Hi I'm J.

I'm a Mormon who grew up in Kentucky and joined when I was 11 years old.

About Me

Father of 3 girls, 2 boys, one son-in-law. Happily married for over 19 years (and going strong). Former Marine Officer. Grew up in Kentucky. Served a mission in Nevada. Graduated from a University in a Kentucky. I am currently the advertising manager for a newspaper.

Why I am a Mormon

I have never read the Book of Mormon and then gotten down on my knees and asked God for an answer and received that answer then and there. BUT! I know it’s true because He has answered my prayers in other ways that has left an indelible impression on my life. I have always wanted to believe the church was true but my testimony was shallow. I wanted that witness that would buoy me up through the tough times and withstand the vehement attacks from those who opposed the church. I didn’t feel I had it. As a missionary I would arise at 5:30am, which was an hour early, so I could get an extra hour of reading the scriptures. Likewise, I would go to bed 11:30pm, an hour later than we were suppose to because I would spend that time praying. I still wasn’t as strong as I wanted to be but looking back I was obviously strong enough. Over the past twenty plus years since my mission I have had too many experiences to number. These experiences have given me the testimony and witness that I’ve always wanted. I have it. The beauty of it – to endorse what our parents have always told us, “The harder you work for something, the more you appreciate it” – is that I “own” it. I worked hard for it and it is mine. I asked a friend struggling with a testimony if he had read the Book of Mormon and he replied, “Well, once.” I realize some have a gift and will receive a witness right away and in this day and age it may be even more important to do so. But how fair would it be for me to work over twenty years to get the testimony I have today and he work a couple of days? It happens. But my point is this: it takes effort to know if this is Christ’s true church upon the earth and because I have chosen this way of life I know the doctrines are Christ’s doctrines (John 7:16-17). There is no doubt. I am no apostle, but if I may be so bold to borrow verbiage from Elder Bruce R. McConkie, When I shall see my Savior I will know no more then than I know now…” This work is true.

How I live my faith

I have a position, called a "calling," that is equivalant to a pastor or reverend. Called a bishop, it allows me to work with and learn from all the people in an area called a "ward."