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Hi I'm Jim Clements

I grew up in Idaho. I'm a Mechanical Engineer with an MBA. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was one of eight children. My parents were not educated, so there wasn't a lot of money. About age 6, I went to work for my grandfather on his dairy farm. At age 8 I started helping my father in his floor covering business. I landed a great job out of High School as a lumberjack in Island Park, Idaho. I always thought college was for rich kids, but when a fellow lumberjack told me that nearby Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho had 3.5 girls for every boy, and that even I could get a date, I signed up. It was there I learned that the stock market and the stock yard were not one in the same. I eventually earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA. I met my wife in college. She was from some town in California called BelAir. Our backgrounds were as different as night and day, but I have taught her about life in the real world, and she has worked hard to polish the rough edges off me. After 33 years, we're still married and in love. We have 5 children and so far 3 grandchildren. Since college, we have lived in Los Angeles, Seattle, Idaho Falls, Riverton, UT, Richmond, IN, Oxford, OH, and now Phoenix Arizona. My wife is a Social Worker, and I'm working with a start-up company in the alternative energy sector.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I was born in this faith, it was not easy for me to simply accept it. I have a scientific mind. I need proof. Feelings aren't enough. I found the proof I needed in two books; Echos and Evidence of the Book of Mormon, and Re-Exploring the Book of Mormon. Both are compilations of research by Anthropologists and Archeologists. Their research adequately shows that the language and culture of the Book of Mormon is authentic for the time-frame it is set in. Such information was not available at the time Joseph Smith published the Book of Mormon.

How I live my faith

Our church has a lay ministry. As many members within a congregation have "callings" (assignments). I have served in many positions over the years: Missionary, Librarian, Genealogist, Finance Clerk, Sunday School Teacher, Executive Secretary, Elders Quorum Councilor & President, High Priest's Group Assistant, and Councilor in a Branch Presidency. What I love most is teaching. I feel I have a way of bringing the scriptures to life, which I do by researching the cultural and political environment of the events of the times.