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Hi I'm Jim

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love my family! I have 4 children, 3 girls and a boy, and a most wonderful wife! I have a PhD in Engineering Physics and am involved in medical-device research and development. My work and training have afforded me opportunities to create high-tech devices for image-guided surgery and minimally-invasive surgery. I am physically active and love to participate in biking, hiking, skiing, and water sports. In short, I love my family; I love my work; I love being active; and I love my faith!

Why I am a Mormon

The teachings of our church provide clear understanding to life's most difficult questions including: Where did we come from, why are we here, and when we die where will we go? It also explains why we have trials and why bad things happen to good people. These teachings have blessed my family in many ways but most personally in helping us to understand the role of handicapped children in our lives. My wife and I were blessed with 4 wonderful children, three beautiful daughters and a son. Our sweet little boy, Jefferson, was born with tuberous sclerosis and is severely handicapped both mentally and physically. From a worldly perspective, people like Jefferson are cast in a negative light and devalued because of their disabilities. Completely counter to this, however, our church teaches that people like Jefferson are choice spirits that did not need to experience the same things we do on earth. Instead, they are here to provide us with opportunities to serve others that we would likely not have without them. As it turns out, everyone in our family loves to be around Jefferson. He is non-verbal and can't walk or crawl and yet he touches our lives every day! Consistent with our gospel teachings (and counter to the view of the world), he has been an absolute joy in our lives and blesses us every day!

How I live my faith

What makes our faith different from other faiths? To me, the biggest difference is in the priesthood ordinances that we take upon ourselves as members of the church. Similar to other faiths, our journey begins with baptism and confirmation but it doesn't end there. We continue along a journey of progression as we take upon us additional covenants including priesthood and temple covenants. These covenants are binding agreements between us and God, and if we remain faithful to them he promises to bless us with increased peace, spiritual strength, and personal development. For our part, we covenant to be pure (clean thoughts and actions), faithful, honest, and to actively seek for opportunities to serve others. I LOVE the temple! There is no place that I would rather be than at the temple - especially with my sweet wife! The amazing sense of peace and closeness to our Heavenly Father that I feel while there is priceless. What an awesome place! I also love the scriptures. I read them every day and they are like a best friend. The Book of Mormon in particular has been a shining light in my life and a source of great learning. It is the stick of Joseph mentioned in the Book of Ezekiel and supports and strengthens the Bible as another testament of the divinity and mission of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ (the Bible in the old world and the Book of Mormon in the Americas). I only wish that everyone in the world could experience the peace, comfort, and joy that comes from reading its pages.