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Hi I'm Jim

I was born and reared in Mesa, Arizona in the United States of America......I am a fifth generation Mormon

About Me

I was graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a minor in Archtectural design. I am a design/builder of custom homes and I have been a licensed General Contractor for both residential and commercial projects for over forty years. I served a two year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Scotland before finishing my degree at ASU. Before I finished college I married a beautiful young woman and our first son attended my graduation ceremony. We now have nine children and sixteen grandchildren. My father is very much alive and twenty years older than me. People often confuse me with my father which makes me wonder if I really look twenty years older or do most of our friends have very very poor eye sight. After rearing nine children, my wife went back to school and received a degree in elementary education. We encouraged all of our children to get the best education possible. Several have been graduated with honors and they all love to read and learn. We have encouraged them to understand why they believe as they do. We have 2 Democrats, 5 Republicans, and 2 Independents. We have wonderful, lively discussions around the dinner table with all of our children and their companions and our grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

Whenever I join with other Melchizedek Priesthood holders in giving a newborn grandchild a name and a blessing or just look into the eyes of a new grandchild, I am enthralled with a sense of the divine, eternal nature of the family. As I anoint the crown of the head of a loved one with oil and in the name of Jesus Christ and through the power of the Holy Priesthood seal the anointing and pronounce a blessing of healing or comfort, I also thank a loving Heavenly Father for restoring the gospel as taught by Jesus Christ, through the prophet Joseph Smith.

How I live my faith

In this troubling crisis-filled world, I am also grateful for my own father, who through the power of the Holy Melchizedek Priesthood conferred the gift of the Holy Ghost upon my head as a comforter and a constant companion after I was baptized at the age of eight. As I strive to live the gospel with the guidance of the Holy Ghost and the counsel of living prophets, I am better prepared to face the challenges of this beautiful but trying world with more confidence.