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Hi I'm Jim

I was an orphan, adopted at age 7. I spent 30 years in the military, retiring as a Command Sergeant Major (E9). I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was an orphan. After adoption, I was raised on a farm. My father was a farmer and my mother was a school teacher. I loved my horses, dogs, and the rural setting. I played sports in high school. But my main sport was wrestling. I went to State two years in a row. After high school graduation I serve a two year church mission in England. I was home only three month when I was drafted into the US Army. I volunteered and trained to be an Airborne Ranger. I was sent to Vietnam and served on a "five man LRRP (Long Range Recon Patrol) team. I ran 42 military missions and was in contact or firefights 36 of those missions. Twice, I was the only one not wounded out of my five man team. On my last mission, I was wounded. I met my wife at Brigham Young University. We have been married 44 years next month. We have four children, 16 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren. After I had been married for about ten years, I joined the Army National Guard. I served in the Special Forces, Engineers, and Military Intelligence. Thirty years later I retired as a Command Sergeant Major (E9). I have been fortunate to own three businesses where I have worked mostly in sales. My wonderful children have worked with us in those businesses. I have always liked dealing with people and helping them when they need it.

Why I am a Mormon

My adoptive parents were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (nickname: Mormons). After the age of seven, I was raised in that faith. However like anyone, I had to find out for myself if I believed what I had been taught. After much study, scripture reading, prayer, and seeing others who had lived the Mormon religion, I now know for myself that the gospel taught in the Mormon Church is truly Gods eternal plan for the happiness of his children. I know that families are the very base of Gods plan and that we can live together as families after we leave this life. I know that the commandments that he has given us are for our best good. I know that just because something is popular, if it goes against the teachings of the Lord, it will ultimately bring us unhappiness. I know the difference between temporary happiness and long term joy. I would invite anyone who is reading this to examine the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for yourself.

How I live my faith

I have always felt like it was important to not just send my kids to things, but to work with them and be involved with them. So I worked in the Scouting program to support my three sons for over twenty years. I helped them all attain the rank of Eagle Scout. I coached my boys in little league sports (baseball, basketball and football). We had a great time. Two of my sons are highly involved in coaching little league football today. I was in several leadership position in my church congregation or Ward. I have always had the ability to organize people to accomplish things in my neighborhood and my church. I feel in order to be a faithful church member, I should be involved as much as possible in the political process. Which I have done. It is my responsibility to help good moral people get elected and hold political offices. I live my faith by trying to be a good husband and a good father. I try to pattern my life after my Savior, Jesus Christ.