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Hi I'm Jim

I'm a busy husband, father, civil engineer and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My life like many others is very busy. I'm the father of five wonderful teenagers, four sons and a daughter. They are very happy and busy in activities in school, work and the community. My wife is incredible and I would be nowhere without her. She is my queen and so supportive. I am employed as a civil engineer helping communities and companies solve complex technical problems. However, these problems are usually easy to solve when compared to the human issues that are associated with working with large groups of people. Those issues keep me smiling at work as I get to meet so many wonderful people in my work. I recently completed a master's of science degree in civil engineering while working full time and serving in church leadership. I currently serve as a member of one of our community boards that oversees police services in our city. All these have kept and are keeping me very busy, however, it is wonderful to be in the service of others and see the smiles on the faces of those around you. I love that.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was in high school I was taking a confirmation class at my local catholic church. During this class my classmates and I were questioning which faiths were correct. At this time I met a young woman from another high school. As we became friends I noticed that she was different than most other girls in my school. I did not date much in high school due to the poor standards that many of the girls exhibited and she stood out due to her high standards. I asked her to our high school prom and that night we spent hours discussing the Church and the gospel of Jesus Christ. The idea of revelation, prophets, apostles, and eternal families resonated with me. I took the discussions the summer before my senior year of high school, however, I did not join the church for another 18 months. After I turned 18 and I had completed my first semester of college I was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. That was one of the greatest blessing I ever received. Eighteen months later after much prayer and pondering that same young woman who introduced me to the gospel and I were sealed in temple for time and eternity! I know from my experiences that the Jesus is the Christ! He is my Savior and He loves you and I. I know that His Gospel is restored to the earth once more and that it's fruit is sweet to the taste--especially the blessing found in the temple. Joseph Smith was a prophet and we currently have a prophet and apostles to lead and counsel us once more. I have heard the glad tidings and great joy and hope you will too.

How I live my faith

Currently I serve as a gospel doctrine teacher or Sunday school teacher where I lead a class as we study the Holy Scriptures. This a great assignment as we discuss the gospel as found it the Holy Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. I particularly enjoy our discussions about what the scriptures teach us about today, how we can be better Christians and how we can improve our charity or love for others. I also enjoy helping our Lord watch over his flock through home teaching and other ways. The home teaching program pairs up brethren 14 years and older to look out for the families of our congregations. Currently I have to privilege of serving with one of my sons. What a joy that is. I also work in the community as a member of one of the boards our community has set up. The board I currently serve on helps watch over the police department. We evaluate cases that are brought before their internal affairs department. This a choice assignment as we help our community to be one of the best places to live. Lastly, we are preparing for a temple, a house of the Lord, to be built in our area. I love serving in the temple. The peace that comes from the covenants made in the House of the Lord is tangible and permeates our home. It will be a blessing to the whole area.