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Hi I'm Jim Fugate

I am a Husband, Father of 4 and Grandfather of 2; a Returned Missionary, Retired Fire Captain, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been married to my best girl since 1983, have 4 great kids (2 are married) and 2 grandchildren. Professionally, I've spent 4 years in the U.S. Air Force and 3 in the WV Air National Guard. I have 30 years in Fire Protection (military time and career at Washington Dulles & Reagan National airports) I have retired after serving as a Captain in the Fire Marshal’s Office. I stay busy with consulting in disaster and emergency planning, and doing some graphic art work. I have served in many callings in the church (missionary, teacher, bishop, stake presidency), some have been demanding, all have been a great privilege and blessing to me. Education is important to me, but taking care of the needs of may family was the priority. It took 17 years to earn a bachelors degree, and was finally able to finish my master’s degree. It is a good feeling personally, and now I see that example taking root as my children have made education a priority in their lives as well. Having knowledge is good - Understanding truth is better.

Why I am a Mormon

Some might think that I am a Mormon because my parents were, and their parents before them. Though it is a blessing - to be raised in the church - I have chosen it because there is no other organization is so complete and whole as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Gospel is whole and complete here. This is an understanding I gained on my own, a decision I made for myself, on my knees asking God - the same way everyone else should make that choice. The Church has benefited not only me, but my family. They have benefited from the stability and peace the gospel of Christ brings into a home. They have gained an understanding of personal responsibility, that there is a right and wrong, and I have encouraged them to find out for themselves if the LDS church is right for them too.

How I live my faith

My Faith is more than going to church on Sunday. It influences all aspects of my life, including how I treat people, how I do my job, and how I spend my time. I am blessed to be anxiously engaged with a calling as the Ward Mission Leader. I have the opportunity to work with the Full Time Missionaries, non-members, and the whole ward (congregation), and see the miracles in people’s lives because of their faith. My focus for 'missionary work' has changed because of the realization that proclaiming the gospel to 'every' creature includes not only teaching and serving those who have not heard or do not know, but also those who have (like family, friends, members, non-members - everyone). I have become aware that the greatest miracles of God are his children – us. I have learned that he loves each one of us.