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Hi I'm Jim Plaster

I'm a Mormon. I have lived in Spokane, WA for over 50 years. My wife, Debby and I have raised our 5 children here.

About Me

A family man, husband, father, grandfather, Eagle Scout, finance officer, public transit official. I am recently retired from a 30-year career as Director of Finance and Administration for Spokane Transit Authority. I grew up (the oldest of 3 children) in a home that was loving and good, but without religious training or focus. However, my mother taught me to believe in Jesus Christ and to try to be honest and good. I inherently knew what she told me was important and true. I became a Boy Scout and Eagle Scout (so did all of our sons). I learned and always tried to live the Scout Oath and Law. None of our family members on my mother's or dad's side had ever gone to college. I was impressed that education was important and I set a goal to be the first of our extended family to go to college. I graduated from BYU with a degree in Accounting. Just before I graduated, I met Debby Grubbs (a Texan), the love of my life. We corresponded and visited periodically as our long distance relationship developed. We were married in 1974 and were blessed with 2 daughters and 3 sons. She has done a divine job of nurturing and training our children, while I spent much time in my career. I plan to make that up to her during retirement. We enjoy each other tremendously. We plan to spend time with family, serve in our community and our Church, and do what we can to do our duty to God and Our Country. We love our family, and "...as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord".

Why I am a Mormon

I have been blessed to feel the Spirit and Light of Christ in my life. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon Church) came into my life through the Christ-like examples of strangers and friends from the Mormon Church. As I watched and admired them for their kindness, humility, intelligence and sacrifices, I was prompted by the Spirit that I had somehow, somewhere, previously heard about the things they taught and lived. It came as a comfortable and growing feeling that I wanted to become part of such a good work and good group. Their teachings are simple and true and represent the teachings of Jesus Christ as witnessed in the Scriptures. My testimony of this work is the result of study, prayer, participation, and fellowship in a cause that is much greater than me. I owe my life, my family, and any of my success to Jesus Christ and the Mormon Church. The most important things in life come from the promptings of the Spirit, and the assurance that Jesus lives, loves us, and has restored His Church and His Priesthood to the earth for the benefit of all. I am thankful to those who have influenced me for good and allowed me to grow in service and love to those around me. I invite any of my friends and associates to investigate these teachings and consider if they have similar feelings about them.

How I live my faith

I love people of all ages and backgrounds. I have had many opportunities to serve in the Church and Community. Serving with small children, Boy Scouts, young men, young women, adults, and seniors has been a blessing to me. I am thankful that our children have all chosen to serve in their Church callings and in their respective communities. I served as a missionary in Central and South America as a young man. That helped me understand the importance of God's children in all parts of the world. All three of our sons have served missions as well. Debby and I look forward to serving as senior missionaries in the near future. My association with members of the Mormon Church has been a blessing to me all of my life. Debby and I started as two individuals who desired to find a spouse to help us accomplish our life's desires and dreams. We found each other at a Mormon congregation shortly before I graduated from college. I am thankful for her commitment to help me and others in her wonderful example of a representative of Jesus Christ. We are grateful for our five children and their spouses and the 16 grandchildren they have blessed us with. They all emulate the teachings of Jesus Christ in their daily lives. We know that our family is eternal., We are thankful for each member of our family. We are thankful for our friends and associates who are not Mormons. We desire to support them in the good things in their lives. I am thankful for the Lord, Jesus Christ, and his tender mercies to me. I want to improve, and desire to have my family and friends with me forever.