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Hi I'm Jim.

I am an attorney, college teacher, youth sports coach, student of Asian history/culture and the father of 9. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the only child of a single mom, who stressed education and was able to break out of her dysfunctional family in Arkansas at the age of 15. As a result of her emphasis on education, I am the first high school graduate on both sides of my mother's and father's families. In addition, I obtained a college degree, a law degree and a Masters in Asian Law. I have lived abroad in Asia for over 5 years. I am the father of 9 children, who range in age from 43 to 10! As of 09/04/11 we have 16 grandchildren and we love them all. Quite a contrast from my youth where I was the only child around the house.... Family and Faith are central to my life focus and it has been a rewarding journey that began with my conversion to the LDS faith.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a convert to the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ, which happened when I went to BYU on an athletic scholarship. I was an apathetic agnostic who scrutinized the LDS faith very carefully and was extremely skeptical at the beginning. Three things led to my conviction and conversion: First, I was impressed with the life of Oliver Cowdery, who never wavered in his testimony of the truth even though he left the Prophet Joseph Smith and the LDS Church (he was re-baptized later in his life). Second, the Spirit whispered to me on 12/24/61 that the Book of Mormon was true (See Moroni 10:3-5), which has served an my spiritual anchor. Finally, service as a missionary, teacher, scout leader and leader has only reinforced the veracity of the Gospel and the vital role that the Spirit can play in our lives as we journey back to our Creator, Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

The Mormon faith (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) requires that a follower be actively engaged in working out their salvation and those that they love through numerous opportunities for service. We are all involved in helping each other gain stronger values, deepening spirituality, learning to set aside our own personal agendas and doing what the Savior would do to assist others. Although I have been baptized, I am on a life journey or process of becoming converted, or more like Jesus Christ. SERVICE to my family, my ward members, my community, my state and my nation are the essential elements of this long-term conversion process.