Hi I'm Jim
I do technical support for family history software from home. My job combines my love of genealogy and computers. I'm a Mormon.
I have been married since 1974 and am the father of two adult children and have a beautiful young granddaughter. I received a degree in Communications in 1978 and for several years worked in community relations for hospitals, the US Navy and Rotary International. Born in Canada, I am a naturalized US citizen and a Vietnam vet. In 1996, at the age of 45, I returned to college to study computer science, networking and database management. My wife and I enjoy travel, musicals, and community service. My interests include photography, kite flying, my fossil collection, and astronomy. I am an avid follower of the Science Channel. I find any thing about how the universe came to be, physics, geology and paleontology fascinating. I really love that stuff.
Why I am a Mormon
I joined the Church in Alaska in 1967. I was 16. I investigated the Church because I had LDS friends. I wanted the missionaries to tell me what made them special. I had no plans to join-then I read the Book of Mormon and wanted to be baptized. My non-member parents were skeptical, but gave permission. They said it was just a phase I was going through. That was over 40 years ago and I am still in the "phase." My sister died 4 months after my baptism. A week later we moved to California. It was a double blow. I was in a new high school without friends and grieving for my sister. I grew deeply depressed. One night in 1968, I went to secluded spot and knelt in prayer. I poured out my grief and my doubts to Heavenly Father. I desperately wanted to know if the Gospel was true and if the Book of Mormon was true. I hurt so much that life didn’t seem worth living if there was no purpose to it. I got no answer. I went home and knelt by my bed and prayed again, but still no answer. Eventually I fell asleep. Then I woke up in the dark, early morning hours and prayed a third time, and the answer came in a burst of indescribable love, light and knowledge that burned away all my darkness, my doubt and my despair. In the years since, I have learned for myself the truth the Savior taught "My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself" (John 7:16-17).
How I live my faith
I volunteer at our senior center and provide service in an addiction recovery program. I also enjoy teaching genealogy and helping people discover their heritage. I believe it is by the daily practice of the little things -- reading scriptures, prayer, and small daily acts of kindness and service -- that the foundation of eternal life is built brick by brick. I pray everyday that I might use the gifts God has blessed me with to help others. I am far from perfect, and when I slip up, I do my best to admit it right away and resolve to do better.