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Hi I'm Jim

I was raised as a Mormon and have chosen to remain so my whole life.

About Me

A good friend once described me as the most eclectic person he ever met, “A man of many talents and interests”. I think it beter said, "jack of all trades master of none". There are very few things I haven’t done or tried at least once; from singing professional opera to cattle ranching, from aerial snow skiing to taking my wife for a ride on my Harley. My dad's philosophy was "work first and play second". Looking back it seems the first took most of the time leaving little for the second. My children say I have the same philosophy but would like to think I have managed to increase the time for the second. I very much enjoying spending time with my children and grandchildren doing the second. We have six children who are all boys except five. My dad could fix anything and I like to think I can too. Having played in my youth, I love baseball, which love continues today with our season’s tickets to the local major league team that my family, including my wife and all of my daughters enjoy. My grandmother was the one who taught me to fly fish. My first pair of waders were hand-me-downs from her. I still enjoy fishing, golfing and hunting, mostly pheasants. I think as a family our favorite time together is boating and water skiing or wake boarding. But, we love doing about anything as long as it means being together.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the Mormon faith today for two basic reasons. I was born into a Mormon family where the teachings of Jesus Christ were lived and taught. The other reason is I have chosen to remain a member of the Church because I want to keep those governing principles in my life which brought me joy and happiness, the peace and the assurance I enjoyed growing up. Through my membership in the Church I have come to know that life has a purpose. There is a reason for my life and hope of returning to live with my Heavenly Father. And that my family can live in the same association we have had the benefit of here on this earth in the life to come. The Church provides a safe haven from what is wrong in the world today. It firmly establishes the moral values which the world has tried to ignore or redefine. The Church teaches me of my divine heritage, that I am a son of my Heavenly Father and that he loves and is aware of me. I am a Mormon because I want my children to receive the blessings of this knowledge of who they are and of what they may become.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in my everyday life.  My faith is not just what I believe and what I am on Sunday but it is a pattern for how I live everyday in every aspect of my life.  Because there is no paid clergy in the Mormon Church everyone has an opportunity to serve each other.  Currently, I serve as a Bishop but have served as a scout master, a choir director and in many other capacities.  All have brought me a great sense of joy that only comes from giving and serving others.  I especially love working with the youth, camping, teaching, playing and just being with them.  I have worked much of my adult life in the Church sponsored scouting program. I have had the pleasure of experiencing with these young men the out-of-doors, hiking, sleeping on the ground, being hot and being cold and being challenged physically and mentally.  I love teaching them skills and discovering new talents and experiences.  Mostly teaching them they can accomplish whatever they put their mind to.  The Church has great expectations of its members and requires service and sacrifice from those who belong.  But I feel that is a small price to pay for the great blessings that come from putting into practice my faith and belief in my Heavenly Father.