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Hi I'm Jim

I work with computers, I bicycle all over the mountains of Prescott, Arizona and to work, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of five children. I enjoy bicycling and I am planning a bicyle trip across America. I'm busily engaged at work in maintaining over 100 computer servers. I live in rural Arizona on 2 acres and enjoy the country life. We have had chickens and rabbits, grow a garden and fruit trees, and like to play baseball as a family on the back acre. As a family we enjoy doing things together: hiking, camping, fishing, playing various sports (basketball, baseball, and tennis), watching a good movie, playing boards games, and just being together.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I know it's true. I was raised in the Church and felt a special spirit as I attended church meetings and participated in church activities. There came a time when I had to know for myself that the things I had been taught were true. I loved the scriptures (Bible and Book of Mormon). I was drawn to them as a source of truth and inspiration. At the age of 18, I was reading and studying the Book of Mormon most intently. I knew if the Book of Mormon was truly written by prophets of ancient America then Joseph Smith had brought it forth by the gift and power of God and that through him the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ had been restored to the earth. On one occasion, I was reading the words of the prophet Alma to his son Corianton regarding the life after this life. This is something I had always wanted to know. I hungered to know the truth of the matter. As I was reading and pondering these things, I was filled with an understanding and intensity of feeling the permeated every fiber of my being. I knew that the prophet Alma's description and explanation of where we go after this life is exactly what will happen. Over time, I have continued to receive such witnesses as the influence of the Holy Ghost bears witness of Jesus Christ and his teachings. I also, can not deny the peace, joy, happiness, and fulfillment the gospel of Jesus Christ has brought into my life. As the Savior taught, "by their fruits ye shall know them." (Matthew 7:20). The fruit of this gospel has been sweet to me.

How I live my faith

Currently, I am serving as a Bishop of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I have the responsibility, along with those that serve with me, for teaching, assisting, and supporting the members of our Ward (congregation). I love our dear members and find great joy in serving them. In addition to my full time job, I spend up to 30 hours a week serving as a Bishop. I'm not paid for this service, but derive great satisfaction in witnessing how the gospel of Jesus Christ can change lives for the better. As a Ward (congregation) we help one another. Our young men and young women do yard work and house work for the widows, widowers, and shutins in our Ward (congregation). Our women bring meals into the sick and to those that have lost loved ones. Our men assist with yard work, home maintenance and repairs, moves, and other needs that members of our Ward (congregation) may have. Through programs called visiting teaching and home teaching we visit one another each month in an attempt to watch over and care for one another. It has been a wonderful experience for me to be involved in such an effort and see the teachings of Jesus Christ truly applied in the lives of our members. As a Bishop, I am called to lead this effort, but it is the entire Ward (congregation) that it make it happen (people caring for one another).