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Hi I'm Calvin J. I go by Jim.

I was born a Mormon 67 years ago, in what was to me a small Mormon town with many who loved and cared about me.

About Me

I am a diversified person. I have had many interests and hobbies. Most of my hobbies are out-of-doors. I enjoyed backpacking, hiking, mountaineering, mountain man / black powder shooting when I was younger. Now I like shooting steel targets and reloading. I am an NRA certified range safety officer. I have studied outdoor survival skills such as edible foods, sheltering, and fire making. I am a Ham Radio operator and recently I have received my CERT emergency training.

Why I am a Mormon

Some time ago, I don't remember the time or place, but I will never forget the experience. I was studying in the scriptures about the sacrifice of Jesus. I had read of the events that led up to the death of our Savior when he gave up his life for us, John 10:17 “No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.” Some how I came to a scripture (perhaps led by the spirit) in the Book of Mormon it is in Alma talking about sacrifice: Alma 34:10 “For it is expedient that there should be a great and last sacrifice; yea, not a sacrifice of man, neither of beast, neither of any manner of fowl; for it shall not be a human sacrifice; but it must be an infinite and eternal sacrifice. (IT WILL NOT BE PERFORMED BY A MAN, IT WILL NOT BE A MAN TO BE SACRIFICED, BUT A GOD.) This hit me with such great force, as I began to comprehend the meaning of these words, as the realization that JESUS was not mere mortal, this was no ordinary man, NOT SOME BODY THAT I HAD ONLY READ ABOUT, but a magnificent being of royalty and the greatest power and nobility. God, the son of God, in great agony and suffering, freely giving his life for me and for you. Tears began to fill my eyes, I started to weep within seconds I was sobbing and crying. I turned from the chair to my knees to pray, to offer thanks and to plead for forgiveness because of the pain that I have caused My Savior. Immediately, I felt a wonderful joy come into me. I didn't feel that I was changed, or forgiven of my sins, I didn’t feel that I was different, I just felt joy. As the time has passed, I do feel different. I feel thankful. I feel in debt.

How I live my faith

The one consistent element in my adult life has been The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have served in many callings in the Church and have been involved in scouting for more the 25 years.