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Hi I'm Jim

I am a retired Human Resources worker. I am a husband, father, grandfather. Long term Colorado resident. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a 68 year old retired human resources worker. I worked for several Federal agencies (various positions) over a 40 year period. My family and I resided in several states plus Washington D. C. during my career. I attended several colleges and obtained two degrees, one of which is an MBA. I am also a husband, father, and grandfather. I have four adult children, one girl and three boys. I also have three grandchildren. I love associating with my adult children and their families and also with my extended family. My wife and I take car trips, particularly to visit national parks and monuments and other scenic areas. We have also taken longer trips to places such as Hawaii, the Oregon coast, and other destinations. I have several hobbies such as ham radio, reading about current events and travel information, and studying various sciences, such as astronomy and physics. In exploring the national parks and monuments, I examine various aspects, such as geology, anthropology, archaeology, biology, the animals, insects, and many other features of those areas. I also listen to music and watch or attend movies and other events with my wife. When they are ready, I want to build a model railroad with my two grandsons. I also have a special new granddaughter. I like to swim laps at my local recreation center swimming pool. I like being "out and about" and particularly enjoy day trips and other outings with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the LDS (Mormon) Church. My mother's side were members of the Church. My father's side were not. In fact, my father deserted me when I was five years old. My mother's side of the family (grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins), including of course, my mother, provided a wonderful childhood and growing up years for me. Church was a big part of our lives. I have attended Church regularly throughout my life. When I was 25, I married my wife, best friend, and soul mate. We have been married 43 years. We have attended Church most every Sunday during this long period. I recognize and acknowledge the great value that all of these activities and experiences associated with the Church has had for me, my wife, and my family. I am very lucky to have the wife that I have, and I love her dearly. Over the years, I have been able to associate with many good people both in and outside the Church. During my Federal career, I worked with many smart and dedicated scientists, engineers, meteorologists, and others in several Federal agencies. However, the Church provided and continues to provide and makes possible a community of people who know and care about each other. On many occasions, I have seen situations where people who have or had special needs and challenges were helped. I have observed children grow up in the Church with a strong sense of values and preparation for life, including my own children. Through the teachings of the Church, I have beliefs and hopes for the future, even after the end of this life. This includes the knowledge through faith that the family is an eternal unit. These thoughts give comfort and hope in dealing with disability, sickness, old age, loss of loved ones, and eventual death which comes to all of us. I accept people of all faiths including some of my own children who may have chosen different paths in life. I consider that the love and solidarity of the family to be of premier importance.

How I live my faith

Over the years, I have held various callings or positions in my local congregation. Until just recently, I was the Scout Committee Chairman, and my job was to work with the several scout groups (pack, troop, team, and crew). I held this position for 4 and 1/2 years. Currently, I am the Ward Emergency Communications Specialist, a calling I have held several years. In addition, my wife and I lead a senior, empty nesters family evening group which meets every two weeks. I am also a home teacher to two families in my ward. Throughout my long career with the Federal government, I provided information, when appropriate, about my background and religion to my associates and coworkers. I believe I was an employee who was trusted and considered a person of high honesty and integrity. I was also tolerant and accepting of other people's religions and approaches to life At my present stage of life, I do my best to be a good husband, father, grandfather, friend, and citizen of the community and our country. I try to provide special help and attention to those people with special needs, both in and out of the Church. I seek and value my relationship to Jesus Christ as my savior. I recognize that the universe is an enormous and complex entity. Our Lord has endowed us with intelligence and curiosity by which we can grow, develop, and progress. We live in an age where vast amounts of information are quickly available to us by means of the internet. We have exciting opportunities to learn about ourselves, all humankind, our earth, and to start in small ways to learn and understand the universe.