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Hi I'm Jim

I grew up in a convert family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a grandfather with three daughters and one son and eight grandchildren. I am retired from an enjoyable career helping our local electric utility help customers, residential, commercial, and industrial become more efficient in their use of electric energy. I love gardening and have maintained a vegetable garden most of my adult life. An enjoyable retirement activity now is traveling to see my growing family. We also use electronic media to stay in touch and share special moments in the lives of family members. My family is still most important to me.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of a mother who dedicated herself to finding a religion with answers to her life questions and found the Church of Jesus Christ while sharing a room with members of the church while going to school at a top University in her chosen career field of English literature. She helped me get involved enough to gain a testimony of my own that has lasted my entire adult life. I have now passed that testimony on to my children who are all active members of the church.

How I live my faith

I also inherited my mother's love of music and chose that as a major for my higher educational pursuit. That love of music and the talent I discovered as a result has given me many opportunities to produce and direct musical functions in the various communities we have lived in over the years. It has also allowed me to served in many musical callings within the church where I am currently now serving as organist for my ward congregation. My music education degree also has provided opportunities to serve as a teacher in many organizations within the church which has been a labor of love for me. In my later years I have had opportunites to work with local community college music departments to produce the great musical oratorio by G.F. Handel known as the Messiah. I currently serve as the priesthood leader of the older men in our ward (congregation) and direct the teaching, helping, and serving many families in our ward. I am also a hometeacher calling on a given number of families regularly to help them in many different ways not the least of which is providing spiritual encouragement.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Family is important to Mormons because we believe that the family is the single most important social unit in society. It is the place where children learn what love is, what respect for other people is, what personal responsibility for one's actions can do for the family and society. Family is the place where social interaction is first and best taught. It also provides the best models for what a father and mother's roles are. We also believe the family is an eternal unit that can continue on after this life. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

It is simply a way of life that allows a man and wife to both prepare for marriage, in their growing up years, by being true to God's commands to strive to live righteous and chaste lives and then, after marriage, to live together having assurance that each is and will be true to each other throughout their marriage. Show more Show less