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Hi I'm Jim

I was born and raised in Dearborn Michigan. I am retired from a career in environmental cleanup. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married with 3 children, 2 of whom are married. I am now retired from a career with the government and the private sector in environmental cleanup. My specialty was the development of environmentally impaired properties. I enjoy golf and reading science fiction and fantasy with a special interest in the American Civil War. I keep a vegetable garden and am improving my skills in home repair and remodeling.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Protestant church which my family and I faithfully attended. Here I learned about about our Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. As a young man I wandered from church, but marriage and children gave me a new perspective and a desire to see my children also receive knowledge of God. Although my wife was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, I led us to another protestant church that we attended together for a period of time. My wife returned to her church, and I committed to attend with her after completing my term of service in a position at my church. I did this, and shortly thereafter, missionaries came into our home, and taught me of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ, the first prophet of the Restored Gospel, Joseph Smith, Jr., and the Book of Mormon. With a desire to know if these things were true, I kneeled at my bedside and asked our Heavenly Father if the Book of Mormon was true. I received a feeling of warmth, peace, and happiness so strongly that I knew it was the Holy Ghost testifying of the truth of this book and the church. Shortly thereafter I was baptized. I was 42 years old at the time. Now we have visited the temple and are a family forever.

How I live my faith

Since my baptism I have been called to serve in many areas. Many of the assignments I have had were related to my children and family including Cub Scout Pack Master and Webelos Den leader, Scout Master for a Boy Scout Troop, youth Sunday School Teacher, Church youth leader, minister of my congregation, and as a regional youth leader. My experiences have included helping to plan local and regional youth activities. I have also served in several state-wide professional organizations and on my community's planning commission. Throughout these assignments, I have also had the privilege of visiting members in their homes each month, called home teaching, and providing friendship, support as needed, and a gospel message. The guidance received through prayer and the Holy Ghost have been key in helping to be effective and to do what is needed.

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

The Holy Ghost is a member of the Godhead along with the Fatherand his Son, Jesus Christ. He is a personage of Spirit and does not have a body of flesh and bones like the Father and His Son. He testifies of Jesus Christ and the truth of all things. He is the agent that convinces us of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ as found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. When we live our covenants, he guides us through our thoughts and feelings and with a still, small voice. He guides me, helps me, and blesses me with peace. He is my perfect guide. Show more Show less