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Hi I'm Jim

I'm a retired university professor. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a former professor in broadcast communications. My hobby is model railroading (O scale). I enjoy yard work, and working with wood, although I'm not very good at it. My wife and I are the parents of 12 children and we have 41 grandchildren. They are scattered acorss the country.

Why I am a Mormon

I’ve given this question considerable thought. This question has never been asked of me before! It boils down to the simple fact that I am a Mormon because I know the doctrines are true. I was raised as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and I have always known that Joseph Smith saw God the Father and His son, Jesus Christ as he said he did. I’ve know that from the time I first heard it as a very young person. I never doubted the Book of Mormon either, but as a twenty something I decided that I wanted to have the same experience people who had converted often described as to why they were baptized. They had followed this directive found in the Doctrine and Covenants “But, behold, I say unto you, that you must study it out in your mind; then you must ask me if it be right, and if it is right I will cause that your bosom shall burn within you; therefore, you shall feel that it is right” (D&C 9:8). I now have had that personal witness! Over the years, I have had many such experiences of feeling the “rightness” of things both spiritual and temporal. The Holy Ghost (Spirit) testifies of Jesus Christ. I know that The Church of Jesus Christ is restored back to the earth with God’s power and authority to provide the way back to Him. God, through His restored Church provides the way for every person who has lived, is living and will live entrance into His presence. He loves us all because we are His sons and daughters. This is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I keep myself focused on the important things in life. Like most Mormons, I pray morning and evening, have prayer as a family and spend time reading the scriptures (Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great Price.) I often study by topic so I’m studying all of the scriptures, not just reading from cover to cover like a book. We hold family home evenings. It was especially important while we were raising our children. It gave us time to counteract the secular learning they heard in schools. This gave the children an opportunity to explore and question doctrines. Our high school-age children participated in an early morning church class before school each weekday. While our children were growing-up, I would have a special time once a month with each child to let them talk about anything they wanted and I promised that I would not be upset or “get angry” with them. It turns out that some of these visits were key decisions points in their lives. I have served in many positions in the Church. I have served as a bishop and as a counselor in the Stake Presidency. A Stake is similar to a diocese or conference. Teaching the doctrines of the Church in Sunday School classes is the most enjoyable service for me. My wife and I served as advisors in training church leaders in using the Church’s FamilySearch online genealogical computer software as it was being introduced in 2007. We taught that God is interested in all of his children, not just a select few. God has provided the way for every human being to come into His presence. One of the ways is for people to identify their ancestors. Currently my wife and I are serving in the Mormon Temple in the area. We assist members of the Church to provide the important rites for their ancestors so that their family members may move toward God’s presence if they choose to do so.