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Hi I'm Jim Goodenough

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in a Mormon community in SE Idaho. We raised our family in SE Washington, and now live in Chandler, AZ.

About Me

I am a project manager who is now retired in the greater Phoenix, AZ community. I had a dual career, one as a federal agency program manager in the nuclear and environmental restoration industries, and one as a US Army Reserve officer. I completed a BS Degree in Engineering from Idaho State University, and an MS Degree from Central Washington University. We have a family of 3 boys (now grown men), and 1 girl (now a grown woman). We have 10 grandchildren and 1 great-grand son. Immediately after retirement, my wife and I served a service mission at the LDS Regional Employment Center in Kennewick, WA, where we served as employment specialists. We love retirement here in Phoenix, and are very active in our local Ward, the Del Rio 1st Ward of the Chandler West Stake.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized as a Mormon when I was 9 years old because my mother was a Mormon (my dad was not, and never joined the church), so we never attended church as a family. However, growing up in our small SE Idaho community of McCammon, ID, all my friends were Mormons, so attending Church, Primary and Scouts was just a normal thing that I did with all my friends. In my teen years, I stopped attending Church regularly, and strayed from the Church until I met my wife, Paulette. We were married in an LDS Church building, and began attending our local Ward meetings. When I graduated from college, and was commissioned into the US Army, we traveled around the world, and our pattern of Church attendance was sporadic because we had not made a solid commitment to the Church. When we moved to Kennewick, WA, and our children were growing up, we finally faced the decision to either live the Gospel of Jesus Christ, as we'd both been taught, or not. While pondering this decision, I received a vision (in a dream) several times over a period of a few months. In the dream a heavenly messenger would stand in our bedroom, and quote the scripture from Alma 34:32, "For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors." Immediately upon receiving this vision (dream), I would awake, and know without doubt that this heavenly messenger had truly been standing in our bedroom, and had delivered this message. From that point in my life until this very day, I have read, and re-read the Book of Mormon, and received my own personal witness and testimony that this Book is true, that Jesus is the Christ, and that keys of His Gospel were restored on the earth in these, the latter days through the Prophet Joseph Smith. I bear my solemn witness that God loves his children and wants each of us to return to live with Him. That is why I'm a Mormon

How I live my faith

I live my faith by serving as the High Priest Group leader in the Del Rio 1st Ward, Chandler, West Stake. I live my faith by attending my Church meetings, partaking of the sacred Sacrament every Sunday. I live my faith by serving as a faithful Home Teacher. I live my faith by loving my wife and family members, and teaching them by my example, and administering the ordinances of the Holy Priesthood as often as possible. I live my faith by attending the Holy House of the Lord, even the Sacred Temple(s) as often as I possibly can.