Hi I'm Jim
I'm an AZ Boy. I used to be a pineapple picker. I'm a Sign Language Interpreter. I'm a Music Therapist...and I'm a Mormon.
I turned my love of Music into a labor of love. In 2001, after completing my degree in music, I became a Board Certified Music Therapist and worked in a variety of settings including a Cancer Treatment Center, a Middle School for Emotionally Disabled, a Neurological Rehabilitation Hospital, and a Children's Hospital. While in college and concurrently, I used the language of my mission in my daily work as a Sign Language Interpreter. The one thing I have loved most as a Music Therapist, is seeing people use music as an outlet for expression of things that were just too hard to speak about in words. Especially when they did this in a support group setting presented in the Drumming Circle Protocols I learned in College. Outside of work I love to read uplifting books, watch inspiring movies, cultivate my bonsai (when I am not killing them), and practicing Qi Gong/Tai Chi. I serve in various Music related callings as well as try to do missionary work when I can. I love spending time with friends and spending quality time with them.
I grew up as the typical Mormon boy. My mom would tell you she never had to worry about me. Yet deep inside I felt very inadequate growing up. Even with such a wonderful family, still I lost my way. About 10 years ago, I was dating a gal who I believed God had intended for me to marry. I went & told my parents I was gonna ask to marry her. When I returned I found her in the Hospital; she died 4 days later. Devastated, I turned my back on God. I was sure He didn't love me. Heavenly Father never gives up on us. Three years ago, during an especially hard time, I lost my dream job to the economy. I said a prayer asking Heavenly Father that if He loved me, to just send me someone from church. I had lived in my current Ward for almost 8 years. To my knowledge had not recieved a visit. Within a week of that prayer, men assigned to visit me were at my door. Immediately, I knew then God loved me & wanted me back. While away, I wasn't the good little boy my mom raised. So I had to get my life in order. In the process, I prayed everyday at least morning & night. Not the same old dry prayers, but the deep conversations that a son would have with a Father. I spent hours pouring through the scriptures each day; seeking for answers to the questions in my prayers. I especially devoured the Book of Mormon. Being that 100th part was preserved for our day, I took each verse & pondered its significance in my life. I marked & journaled the answers & the impact of each verse in my life. After a year & a half of such rigorous study, I knelt again & prayed & recieved another witness of the Book of Mormon & its truthfulness, especially in relation to how it benefits me today. From this I gained a profound personal testimony of the Infinite Atonement of Jesus Christ, His Gospel & of the Prophet Joseph Smith. I gained a deep & abiding sense of Gratitude for all of the Sacrifice that was made by its ancient writers so that I could read it & gain this testimony.
I have served in many positions in my ward including music related callings. Because I knelt and asked for a visit from people in the church called Hometeachers, I hold such a calling very sacred and strive to meet the challenge of caring for those entrusted to me. I love the work of shepharding the lost sheep in my area and sharing the gospel as I served as a mission leader in my ward. I currently am humbled to serve as the First Counselor in the Bishopric, and look forward to many other opportunities to serve and show my Heavenly Father my love in return. In the community, I seek out opportunities to give back. I currently work with NorthstarLDS.org as one of their Men's Group Moderators and PeopleCanChange.org as well as a staff on their weekend retreats. I called by my bishop and serve as an Addiction Recovery Program facilitator for a group under the direction of LDS Family Services. Occasionally, I am blessed with the opportunity to facilitate community drumming circles within and out of the Church. I have served on the board of professional organizations and hope to be able to give back in many other ways. It is my hope and dream that someday, I can help build lasting connections with various organizations within the community and the church. I especially would like to build bridges of love and hope to those groups who feel disenfranchised from it. It would be my hope that I could someday be that Hometeacher, Shephard, and Outstretched hand of healing, to another who has felt totally alone. That somehow, I can be an instrument in His hands to bring His love to them in their hour of need. Just as it was brought to me.