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Hi I'm Jim

I'm a "Rocket Scientist" and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

While in the Air Force, I helped launch the first six GPS satellites. My next assignment was at the Air Force Rocket Propulsion Laboratory. In civilian life, I have had the opportunity to work on many interesting and challenging space-related projects, including the propulsion systems for the Crew Module and Service Module of the Orion space capsule. These have been wonderful opportunities for someone like me who loves everything about airplanes, rockets, and space. But the really important things about me are my wife, my seven children, my thirteen (so far) grandchildren, and the love I feel from my Savior, Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

The surface answer to this is that my parents joined the Latter-Day Saint church when I was seven years old, after seeing the transformation in my grandparents who had joined a year earlier. The deeper, personal answer is that every experience of my life has testified to me that there is a God, and that He loves each and every one of His children. If we will listen, He will reveal to us the secret of how to be truly happy in this life and how to return to heaven when this life is over. Because of my involvement in science and technology, I am very aware of the question - "How can religious beliefs be reconciled with the science of today?" I can only give the testimony of one believing engineer, but to me it is like watching pieces of a giant puzzle being put together and seeing that both the science pieces and the religion pieces fit together perfectly. Not all of the pieces are in place yet. Some of the missing science pieces are things like "What are dark energy and dark matter?" The vast majority of the "stuff" of the universe appears to be in a form that we cannot even directly detect with our best scientific instruments, let alone understand. Through latter-day prophets, many more of the religion pieces have been revealed than we had with just the Bible, but there are others that God has chosen not to reveal yet. But every piece of the puzzle that I am able to understand testifies to me that this Earth, this entire Universe, was created by a wise and loving Being, using principles and processes that we are just beginning to understand. He adjusted hundreds of variables - from the mass of an electron, to the strength of electromagnetic forces, to the ratio between amounts of matter and anti-matter, to the just-right orbit of this earth - that made it possible for us to be here now. I truly believe that when we are able to see all of the pieces with full clarity, we will see that they fit together into a perfect, beautiful, and complete picture.

How I live my faith

Five of my children were boys, so for many years I served as scoutmaster, and in various other scouting positions. There were many campouts and several 50-mile hikes. With the children now grown, much of my time is focused on Genealogy and Family History. Rockets and satellites are fun, but the truly important and meaningful work that we do in this life is our family. I mostly help those who are just getting started in Genealogy, showing them how to use the computer and the internet to find and connect parents, grandparents, and many more generations. I also serve as a volunteer in the temple near where I live. Most importantly, I try to help my children and grandchildren understand how much their Father in Heaven loves them and how much He wants them to come home to Him.