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Hi I'm James

I'm a husband, dad, grandpa, and a retired Air Force physician with a second career. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been very fortunate. My parents, though they divorced when I was very young, were both honorable and upstanding citizens who loved me, taught me well, were good examples, and provided me with opportunity. In a military family, I spent some of my childhood in the Philippines and in Germany, ending up in Phoenix Arizona for high school. After 3 semesters at Brigham Young University, I volunteered to serve as a missionary and was sent to the beautiful country of Austria. After graduating from BYU and then the military medical school in Maryland, I began my first Air Force assignment as a flight surgeon in North Dakota. 10 assignments, 6 locations, 3 children, 26 years, and countless friends later, my wife and I are now adjusting to life as Air Force retirees: not "retired" retired, but no longer carrying the responsibilities of being active duty military. I like to stay up to date with national and international news and politics. I consider the oath of office I took while an active duty military officer to still be in force: to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. I'm no longer on active duty in the military, but I still believe that's my duty as an informed citizen. I also like photography, Scouting, being outdoors. I've never opened an orphanage, don't own a motorcycle, am not a skilled musician, and haven't fixed the holes in that wall for over 4 years. We have a little garden, mostly weeds and bugs.

Why I am a Mormon

I became a Mormon because my father was. I'm still a Mormon because I know it's right. I know it's right because of numerous experiences throughout my life that are hard to describe but that indelibly printed and periodically reinforce my conversion and my acceptance of Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and Him as the head of this Church. In brief, here's how I see it. I have no doubt about the existence of a higher power and a higher purpose in this life than just the biology or physics of it all. The teachings of the Savior, recorded in the scriptures, are the directions or rules for fulfillment in this life and in the eternities to come. The Church, by result of ongoing modern day revelation and divine authority, offers the teachings and structure for us to keep life events in perspective, in order, and aligned with the true doctrine of Christ, from which it is otherwise easy to drift amidst the cacophony of the world's stage. I stay close to the Church and follow the Gospel to the best of my meager ability, to keep myself along the path He wants for us all, which I know is the best path because He loves each of us despite our shortcomings.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by staying true to the promises I've made and by serving where I can or where I'm asked. I've made commitments to live according to the teachings of Jesus Christ. I try to regularly study, learn, teach, and practice His teachings in my daily life. I've been asked to serve in various local Church leadership positions over the years and I take those responsibilities seriously. Currently I'm very blessed and honored to serve in a position that allows me to interact with a wide range of Church members in various activities at the local congregation level. It's very rewarding and encouraging for me, but also a little daunting!