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Hi I'm Jim

I grew up in the UK but have lived in Canada for 45+ years and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I live in the Ottawa Valley of eastern Canada, where my wife of 45+ years and I retired some years ago. My wife and I moved to Canada in 1970 shortly after we married in our home country of England. Three years later I gave up my career as a chef and attended university in London Ontario, where six years later I had I achieved an Honours BA in Geography and an MBA. We had two children when I started and 4 when I graduated (with one more on the way). The MBA led to a career in purchasing from which I retired in 2005. We are now very proud parents to eight sons - all of whom have moved on now. Our family includes eight daughters-in-law and twenty-one grandchildren (and counting). We love all of our daughters-in-law - we must have done something right as we raised our boys because they all married wonderful women who are beautiful inside and out, and are great mothers themselves. They live all over the North American continent. In addition to being quite busy with church activities, I enjoy the outdoors, archery, canoeing, gardening, reading (sci-fi and fantasy fiction, and historical non-fiction) - and of course travelling regularly to visit our large and growing family.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents joined the church following a visit from the missionaries when I was very young. So technically I am a "convert", but in reality do not remember any other life. I have been active in the church all my life - both in the UK and here in Canada. While I would never claim to have all the answers, I do have a strong testimony of the truthfulness of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. The gospel provides direction and purpose to my life.

How I live my faith

I try to uphold the standards and values of the Saviour in all I do. We try to keep what we call a "gospel-centered home", and to treat others always as I think He would do. We fail sometimes, but keep trying. I currently serve in the church as a Branch Mission Leader - in a small branch of the church, in the upper Ottawa Valley of Ontario.

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

I think the church is growing so fast today because many people are seeking a place where values are not declining and being compromised by what is currently popular, where the truth is spoken unequivocally, and where high personal, moral and societal standards are set and upheld. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

We believe we have something so valuable that we must share it or risk losing it ourselves. Our missionaries serve on a voluntary basis and receive no monetary recompense for their time. They serve for 18 - 24 months at their own expense, and perform many community support activities in addition to the proselyting. All eight of our sons served in this way in north and south America, Europe, and in east Asia. In addition to the effect they have in growing the church by spreading the gospel, they learn much about personal discipline, maturity and leadership - qualities that serve them well for post-missionary life. Show more Show less