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Hi I'm Jim

I'm an Architect, a Planner and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

For over 25 years I have held in every position in a design office from print-boy to principal. I have managed projects, designs and people and designed and built millions of square feet of projects of all types. I have led hundreds of public meetings as a planning commission chair and coordinated with dozens of jurisdictions. I am a father of five very talented but different kids and have been married for over 23 years.

Why I am a Mormon

While both my parents were members when I was born, I had to find out if the church was true for myself. While I was in my mid-teens I attended a youth program called "Especially for Youth" and received an overwhelming feeling of joy and warmth that followed a meeting where other youth were sharing their testimonies. That feeling has grown and deepened as I have served and grown in the church. That first impression of the spirit has grown into a solid foundation of faith and trust that has carried me and my family through some very difficult times. I am a Mormon because the church has led me to Christ and a clearer view of his plan for me and my family.

How I live my faith

I have served as a planning commission member and chairman for 10 years, a member of school board boundary realignment committees and currently serve as a member of the design review board in my current home town. I have also been a Boy Scout and Cub Scout Leader as well as helping dozens of fledgling Eagle Scouts earn their ranks through their Eagle service projects. I have also led several large community service projects some of which included over 1,500 church and community volunteers and was recognized by my former hometown of Canby, Oregon as a Hometown Hero.

What do Mormons believe about "eternal life?"

Our Heavenly Father placed us in families. The fact that we see him as and refer to him as our Father helps us understand that divine relationship. Mormons believe that this same order will exist in the eternities and that we can be bound together as families forever. Eternal Life, therefore, is living together forever as families in the presence of our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Mormons see Joseph Smith in the same way Jews see Moses - while we respect and honor their lives and their contributions, we understand that they are real people, worthy of our veneration but not our worship. We understand that they were selected for important duties that God called them to complete and we respect the work that they performed. Joseph does occupy a unique place in Mormon theology because so many doctrines of the re-established church can be traced to revelations that were given to him. The scriptures tell that it is "by their fruits" that an individual will be able to determine if someone is acting on God's behalf, and this is one of the central messages of the re-established church, we invite all men everywhere to read and pray about the Book of Mormon since it a tangible fruit of the prophet Joseph Smith's calling as a prophet and restorer of Christ's church. It is my witness that if you do so you will know that the book is true, Joseph is a prophet and the church he founded is true. Show more Show less