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Hi I'm Jim

I am a devoted husband and father. I've been married for 37 years. We have 6 children and 21 grandchildren. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have numerous hobbies and interests. In fact my wife thinks I have too many hobbies. In particular I am an avid organic gardener and a beekeeper. I love to fish, hunt, play the fiddle and the penny whistle. I also spin and knit. We live on an acre lot so we have room for a good sized garden, lots of berry bushes, grape vines, and fruit trees. I am a serious home canner and make my own sour kraut. We also keep ducks and chickens, two pygora goats, and a couple of cats. Keeping up with my 21 grandchildren also constitutes a serious hobby. I speak both Russian and Italian, but neither as well as I would like. I learned Italian serving as a missionary in northern Italy. I learned Russian while serving in the Air Force.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized when I was ten years old. The missionaries found and taught our family when we were living near Great Falls, Montana. I joined the church along with my parents and older brother. When I was a teenager my parents stopped going to church but I kept attending. From that time on I went to church because I believed in it. I can't pick a particular moment when I first knew the church was true. It has just always felt right. I later served a full time mission for the church in Italy. My father was opposed at first because he wasn't sure someone hadn't talked me into it. Once he was convinced that I really wanted to serve a mission he became supportive. I have had many experiences in my life that have strengthened my faith and confirmed my belief. What has had the most profound effect has been the comfort that God has given to sustain me through serious trials. Two of our six children have died from cancer. We lost our oldest son when he was 18 years old and a daughter at the age of thirty. I can't imagine enduring experiences like that without my faith in God and a knowledge of his love for me. One reason I know this is the true church of Jesus Christ is fact that no other church teaches the principle of eternal families. I can't imagine a place worthy of the name heaven if family relationships did not continue there. The strongest motivation for me to live a righteous life is the desire to spend the eternities with my sweet wife, children, and grandchildren.

How I live my faith

I have served in the church in many capacities, including some leadership positions. However, my favorite service has been to work in the scouting program.  I have been either a scoutmaster or assistant scoutmaster for over twenty years. I am currently working with the eleven year old scouts teaching basic scout skills on Wednesday nights. I teach those same boys a religious lesson on Sundays. One thing in particular I love about the church is that it really does function as a big family. People really do care about and look after one another. Some of that is organized, but much of it is relatively spontaneous. I have had lots of opportunity to be on both sides of the equation, both receiving and giving service.