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Hi I'm Jim Gordon

I grew up in Orem, Utah. I taught Child and Family courses at Ricks College/BYU-Idaho for 35 years. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born as a member of a humble but happy family. I enjoyed many happy memories with my father. We loved fishing, hunting, archery, and boxing together. I was not a good student as a child, but as I grew in years, I began to realize the importance of education, and so began to apply myself much more seriously to my studies. After completing a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Child Development and Family Relationships, I was hired as a faculty at Ricks College (a Junior College, owned and operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints). It was seven years later that I returned to school and completed the Educational Doctor's Degree. In the year 2,000, Ricks College became a university (Brigham Young University). I retired in 2,006, 11 years ago. I have several interests that have helped make my retirement years happy and fulfilling. I felt an interest in genealogy from the age of 14, and did what I could to find family connections from that time. Since retirement, I have been able to spend many happy hours in that pursuit. My efforts culminated in a published book with vital information about my ancestors back to my second great-grandparents. I have also enjoyed working with wood. My garage has been the space where, with the use of many portable tools, I have built items of value to me, and my family. I love my family, and since retirement, have spent much time working and playing with them as I can.

Why I am a Mormon

Both my mother and father have LDS Pioneer heritage, so they were born to Latter-day Saint parents, and grew up in a largely Latter-day Saint community. One would expect, therefore, that they would be faithful members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This was not, however, the case. Both of them grew up in poverty and difficult circumstances which took them in directions other than that taught in our Church. I need to hasten to say that they were good parents who loved us and provided well for our needs. As a child, I grew up in a rough neighborhood. My friends and I egged each other onto childish behaviors that were potentially harmful to us individually. Fortunately, from my early childhood I also felt a strong connection to spiritual matters. As a young child, I regularly attended church meetings on my own, and made all the church advancements in a timely manner. I was therefore pulled in two opposite directions. At the age of 14, I had an experience that required me to make a choice. I either had to continue on with my childish behaviors on a road leading down, or find a new group of friends who would lift me to a higher level. I will be forever grateful that I chose to listen to the loftier inclination, and began to pray, study the scriptures, and faithfully adhere to the standards taught in our Church. Because I chose a life of Church activity, my life has been filled with blessings that I could not have begun to imagine as a child.

How I live my faith

As a child, I attended weekly church services and activities. I loved the associations, and often felt the Spirit of the Lord in those meetings. From the age of 19 to 21, I served in England as a missionary for our church. As with all missionaries for our church, I payed what I could for the mission, and my parents and other family members payed for the rest. That was a truly growing and faith promoting experience. I dated for four years after returning from my mission. Finally, at the age of 25, I met my intended bride, and we were married in an LDS temple for time and for all eternity. Sixteen years after our marriage, my first wife died. From that experience I can testify that the Holy Ghost truly is a comforter. A year and a half later, I was led to my second wife, who has been a wonderful wife, mother, and companion, and who shares my faith and commitment. Throughout my life, I have served as faithfully in the church as I can. I have had many positions of responsibility, from which I have grown in faith, testimony, and skills. I have made regular and serious study of the scriptures including the Bible, and those revealed to the Prophet Joseph Smith (the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price). Those studies have strengthened my testimony immensely. I can say with no hesitation, and with a surety beyond description that Joseph Smith was a prophet who brought new understanding of God, the Father, our Savior Jesus Christ, and of the Holy Ghost. Through my married years (48 to this point), I have attempted to live a life of integrity, so that my children would never have to doubt my faith in Jesus Christ and my determination to live the kind of life he lived and to hopefully, one day, be like him. I am grateful beyond measure for our beloved Savior, Jesus Christ, for the example he set for us, and for the sacrifice he made so that we may hope to live with Him in eternal joy and happiness.