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Hi I'm Jim

I'm a retired teacher and love fishing, gardening and being a grandpa. I lived in China and Taiwan. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Arizona and served an LDS mission in Hong Kong & the Philippines for two-and-a-half years in the 1960’s. I served on the Arizona Highway Patrol and later finished graduate school with a degree in Family and Early Childhood Education. I am married and have six children and 25 grandchildren. I love being a grandfather! I taught family related courses at South Dakota State University and at Ricks College/BYU-Idaho in Rexburg, ID. My wife and I taught English at Shandong Teacher’s University in Jinan, China and have traveled throughout China and to many other countries. We also served as Mormon missionaries in Taichung, Taiwan. I love fishing, hunting, working in my garden and traveling, especially to China and Alaska. I like to bake whole wheat bread and share my baked goods with neighbors and I also do a lot of canning with my daughters.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were not Mormons so I did not have a Mormon upbringing in my home but had friends who were Mormons and while living in a tiny farm community in S.E. Arizona I attended the only church there and was baptized. In my early 20’s I gained a testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ and of the Book of Mormon through study, prayer and by following the admonition given by Moroni, one of the ancient prophets in the Book of Mormon. “ Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts. And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.”

How I live my faith

By trying to live the “First Great Commandment” to love the Lord thy God with all thy might and to love thy neighbor as thyself. I have served in many leadership positions in the church such as a Sunday School teacher, Bishop, leader (high counselor) serving a group of congregations, etc. I enjoy visiting families in our church congregations regularly and getting to know individual family members, especially the children. I also enjoy visiting the widows in our neighborhood.