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Hi I'm Jim

I'm a Mormon. I learned about the Church from friends of the family, and later joined the Church while in college.

About Me

I have been married for nearly 40 years and am a father of 4 adult children, all of whom are now married. I have 7 grandchildren. I work as a Customer Service Director for a skydiving center in Snohomish, Washington. While not a skydiver myself (although I have done two Tandem skydives), I enjoy being around the drop zone and enjoying the energy and excitement that is always there. I also enjoy off-road driving in my Jeep Cherokee in Eastern Utah and other places. I enjoy Geocaching as well.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up with little religious training. My parents are wonderful people, and have faith of their own. While in high school, I associated with a Christian Science family that had very strong family values. Not that my family didn't, but this family was very open and loving. However, I struggled with the Christian Science doctrine. While in college, a classmate and I in a sociology class found ourselves taking exception to some of the views expressed by the professor, so we naturally started having conversations after class. My classmate was a member of the LDS Church, and started telling me about the Church. My family had some very good LDS friends while I was growing up, but I never learned about the doctrines until I started talking to my classmate. I became intrigued by the strong family values and the fundamental doctrines of God as our Eternal Father, of His Son, Jesus Christ as our Savior and Redeemer, and the foundational principles of Faith and Repentance. I was baptized in April of 1974 and my life has been blessed with rich experiences as I have grown and learned more and more about the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to be a good example of what members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints should stand for: Honesty. Integrity. Humility. Kindness. Loving. Accepting of others. Willing to sacrifice. Making and keeping covenants. I have been taught that service to others is a way of serving our Heavenly Father. I have participated in many community service projects through the years, such as volunteer service at a grape vineyard where we made raisins for world-wide humanitarian aid purposes, cooked and served at a "Survivor's Breakfast" at our local annual American Cancer Society Run for Life event, and helped prepare a lunch for approximately 600 volunteers at the annual Make a Difference Day community service project. I find my life richly blessed as I sacrifice my time and energy in service to others.