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Hi I'm Jim

I am from the Northwest part of the USA. I am on my fifth hi-tech start-up. I'm an engineer and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have ten kids and 18 grand-kids. I love being a dad and grandpa. I like to play volleyball and workout. I like to play guitar and sing, mostly Tahitian songs. I like to surf the Internet and learn new things, Stumbleupon.com is fun. I like to cook and to eat, especially Thai food. I have started three different hi-tech companies. In the current one we have ten people and emphasize training. I like to fish, especially helping my grandkids catch trout on the river. I flyfish, as well, when I have time by myself. My favorites times with my dad growing up were on the river fishing. I like to learn languages and cultures. I speak Tahitian, French and am learning Spanish. I hope next to learn Portugues then I'm not sure yet. I love to take my grandkids to the Fair or to throw rocks in the river. I love to hunt, mainly deer. There is nothing like the fresh smell of the mountains, pines and aspens in the early morning waiting for a buck to walk by.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised a Mormon and felt good about Jesus Christ and the Plan of Salvation. I lost interest in going to church at around sixteen and didn't plan on serving a mission. My parents did not attend church. In my first year of college my philosophy professor challenged our belief in God. I wasn't sure if there was a God but I wanted to know, I felt that if any church was true it was Christ's church. So in the last half of my 19th year I began working with kids on drugs and praying and felt strongly that I wanted to serve a mission. I left for my mission a couple of months before my 20th birthday. I wasn't too well prepared. I was a bit naive and didn't realize the depth of testimony needed to be able to serve well. So by the second week recognized I needed a clear witness from God that he was there and that his church was on the earth. I determined to exercise faith and to follow Alma's example in the Book of Mormon, Alma, chapter 32. I decided to act as if I knew for sure the things I then only believed. I approached Heavenly Father in sincere prayer. While I was still on my knees, I felt a wonderful feeling feeling of joy lifting me off the floor of my room. I knew God was aware of me and I knew He existed and cared about me. I was so happy to know for myself. I received more answers to my prayers in the following weeks. I knew that the Book of Mormon was true. I had always felt the Plan of Salvation was true, it felt so familiar. I knew that the Savior had completed the atonement providing me a path back through repentance to live with Heavenly Father. I have continued to grow in faith and knowledge to this day almost 40 years later. I love my Savior.

How I live my faith

I have loved to serve in the Church of Jesus Christ. After returning home from my mission I married a sweet girl and finished my schooling. We started having kids and I began working as an engineer designing computers. I served as a ward mission leader then started working with young men as a scoutmaster. I had sons in the scouts and we had some good times. I worked with teenaged boys for a long time, coaching volleyball and investigating various careers. I still teach a couple of merit badge clinics each year. I got to serve as an elder's quorum president and in a high priest's group leadership. I loved teaching early morning seminary at 6 AM on school days. I got to work with young men on a stake level and to teach primary kids aes ten and eleven. I have been a faithful home teacher visiting several families at least one a month. I love to read the scriptures and to pray daily. I study Bible and the newer scriptures and enjoy giving talks as requests. I love to teach the Gospel and taught the Gospel Essentials class for many years. I truly love to serve helping people with moves, yards, questions, problems, etc. I look forward to more opportunies to help others.