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Hi I'm Jim

I'm an engineer and work on air traffic control systems. I'm a biker, sailor, and raise chickens for organic eggs. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm an engineer and work on air traffic control systems. Two years ago I had my arthritic knees replaced and now I love to hike and bike, trying to get in a couple of long trips every year. We've biked the C&O Canal, the Great Allegheny Passage, and Virginia's Skyline Drive. My wife's family are sailors and they have gotten me into sailing on the Chesapeake Bay; either my little 13 ft. Sunfish or our full size sailboat. We love taking groups out on the Bay for a sailing experience. My wife and I are trying to eat better and I suggested that we grow our own organic turkeys this year. She suggested chickens for fresh organic eggs; so we compromised and got chickens! I built them a mobile chicken coop with wheels that we move around the yard and even putting together a solar powered system that will open and close the coop door and will provide them with lighting in the winter. We have six wonderful children, four of which came in pairs, and our first grandchild is on the way.

Why I am a Mormon

Thirty-five years ago I was searching for something to give my life meaning and direction. I'd tried different religions and lifestyles and nothing seemed to stick for long. Then a friend gave me a Book of Mormon and I started to read it while hiking in the Canadian Rockies. It got me to thinking about who God really was and why He would care about me. My feelings towards Him began to change and I began to understand His complete love for me (and everyone) - a love so powerful that it could accomplish anything. A few months later I met a couple of Mormon missionaries and I soon knew that I wanted and God wanted me to become a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I still ask Him sometimes if this is where He wants me to be and He lets me know with certainity that it is!

How I live my faith

The church has provided me with great opportunities for growth and experience. When the missionaries first challenged me to be baptized I told them that if they promised me that I would never have to get up in front of a crowd and speak then I would. They did not promise me that and I soon had opportunities to develop my speaking talents--I can still remember my hands shaking the first time! Many years later I found myself with an assignment in which I traveled to different congregations to speak and I did it-and with only a couple of butterflies! I've had opportunities to teach adult and youth classes, be a Boy Scout leader, work with the missionaries, and much more. We are assigned families to visit at least monthly and that has provided great opportunities to get to know different people and to serve them and to grow to love them.