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Hi I'm Jim Baughman

I'm a Mormon. I enjoy volunteering at a hospice facility and at a church employment office. I served in the US Navy for 4 years.

About Me

I am 64, married for 37 years, have 5 children and 14 grandchildren. My wife and I enjoy being with our family, and in regulated time periods, babysitting the grandchildren. Two of our children and their families live within a 1 or 2 hour drive. Our oldest daughter is a 5 hour plane trip away and we see her and her family twice a year. Our youngest daughter and her family lives in China so we see them once a year. Our youngest child, a son who is 27 lives at home with us. He is working and going to college to trying to get better prepared for life. We enjoy our family. I am a retired City Planner. For 2 years I have volunteered for a local hospice organization and visited patients. I enjoy trying to bring some joy and comfort into their life. My first patient died a few months ago and I visited him several times in his final hours before death. It was a blessing for me to be there. I loved him. My wife and I volunteer 2 days a week at one of our church's employment offices where we assist all individuals seeking employment in the best ways to look for work. We can feel God's inspiration as we work to help individuals look more effectively for employment. My dog Ginger just needed her head scratched. She is a 7 year old Welsh Springer Spaniel. I have been on antidepressants since 1987. I had many medical tests prior to starting medication to rule out other possible problems. The proper use of this medication helps my true personality to get out.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a small branch of the Mormon Church where my mother attended much of the time and my father was not a member of the church. I was baptized at 9 and attended somewhat regularly. I began to have the seeds of the true Gospel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Mormon planted in my heart at an early age. In our home there was no family prayer, scripture study, etc . I read very little in the scriptures. However, both my parents showed a lot of love to me by the things they did for me and their sacrifices for me. When I was a senior in high school and my first year in college an academic disaster I gave little heed to activity in the church. This was not a time of spiritual growth. Notwhithstanding this, as I look back on my life I can see how Jesus Christ was mindful of me even during these times. After I left college, being on academic probation, I joined the U.S. Navy. Because of my selfishness boot camp was a humbling experience for me. Because I was humbled I turned back to God. A Mormon Chaplain came to talk with us at a meeting and my heart was softened. This began my trek back to seeking God. I began reading the scriptures including the Book of Mormon. Little by little my testimony began to increase, I felt The Holy Ghost, and I sought out more experiences with the church. I was stationed on an aircraft carrier and I continued to seek to draw close to the Lord. There was not a Mormon Servicemen's group on the ship and my testimony was not strong enough to seek to establish one myself. I read often in the scriptures, prayed daily, and had private spiritual devotionals. After the 9 month deployment the ship was in the yards for one year. During that time I attended a Mormon congregation, actively participated, and was blest with a stronger testimony of the truthfulness of the Mormon Church. One family helped me so much. After I got out of the Navy I enjoyed a 2 year mission for the Church in Oregon.

How I live my faith

Every day I ask Heavenly Father to help me to reach out to others with kindness, love, and service. Some days I am able to overcome my own concerns and feel like I have looked out more for others than for myself. It is a wonderful feeling, with love in your heart, to help another individual. The most important people for me to reach out to with kindness, love, and service are those closest to me, my wife, my children, and grandchildren. Also, I work to reach out to my neighbors. We share vegetables from our garden. We listen. We invite people to Church activities. My wife and I enjoy our calling as Service Missionaries where we work 2 days a week at the Mormon Employment Resource Center. In my life I have been unemployed and close to unemployment so I can remember, what for me, was a desperate feeling. We love to help these individuals Mormons or not by working with them to improve their skills to effectively seek employment. It is a joy to see them become employed or improve their employment situation. Notwithstanding my weaknesses, I strive to keep God's commandments as revealed in the scriptures and by living Prophets and Apostles. Our Heavenly Father wants us, His children, to be happy. He knows we are most happy, and help others to be happy as we keep His commandments. There are individuals and families in our congregation that I visit regularly to, just chat, share a spiritual message with, and see how they are doing. I have been able to help paint homes, clean up yards, do some home repairs, visit people in hospitals and bring in meals to ill people. Sure I get tired sometimes and I don't always do service with a perfect attitude of compassion but people are helped and that is the most important thing. Yet, there are times I drive home from serving others and I have tears in my eyes and I have a prayer in my heart thanking God for helping me to love and serve others. I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Mormon is true.