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Hi I'm Jim

"I was born in Wichita Kansas. I grew up in Utah. I am a retired general contractor and i'm a Mormon."

About Me

I was a husband, and father of 5 (3 daughters & 2 sons). I had completed 2 years of college but never completed my degree because I had landed a great job and was earning more than some of my friends that had degree's. Life was going well. We decided to open a retail store to earn some extra income to cover future college and mission expenses for our kids. Business was much better than expected. So instead of paying off debt we rolled everything back into the business and even borrowed more to expand. Then the economy crashed and our business went broke. I was in debt so deep I couldn't see much hope. My wife was worried about me and asked how I was doing. I said, "I'm ok, I still have all my family." That year my wife was diagnosed with cancer. We had good health ins. so we pressed forward. After surgeries, radiation and cemo treatments the cancer was in remission. Three years later I finally got the stores debts paid off. Then I got laid off from my job. A friend got me hired on in another division and in a lesser position but it was work. Six weeks later the company suffered another downturn and I got laid off again. Later that year on Dec. 24th my wife lost her battle with cancer. I went through some dark and trying times. When my former employer started hiring again I couldn't qualify for my old job because I didn't have a degree. But life is good. I got remarried, inherited 3 more kids and started my own successful construction business. I now have 26 grandkids.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a strong Mormon family but have gained my own personal testimony through study, prayer and tryng to live my life the way the Savior would have me live it. Through a witness of the spirit I know that our Savior and our Heavenly Father are really ther and that they know and love me. I have felt the weight of past failings lifted from me as I have gone through the repentance process. The atonement is real and is available to each of us. I recognize divine intervention in my life each day. I have a personal testimony of our living prophet and know that he was called of God and am so greatful for the love and guidence he gives us. We are so blessed to live at this time when the fulness of the gospel is on the earth and am thrilled to be a part of this great work. And having lost close family members it is comforting to know that we have been sealed together not only for time but for eternity. These blessings are available to all.

How I live my faith

Having grown up on a farm I was taught to work hard at an early age. In that environment I soon found out that it was to my benefit to look around and see what else needed to be done and just take care of it rather than to do an assigned task and return to the house just to get sent out to on another job. I also found out there was a lot of personal satisfaction that came from a job well done. Over time I learned that same principle applied even stronger as you did something for someone else. Through the years I have had many opportunities to serve, and came to realize that I was really in the service of my God as I reached out to his other children. I have worked on cleanup crews after natural disasters as well as local projects to help paint homes and cleanup yards of those who just needed some help. Once on the way home from a priesthood choir practice at the Taberrnacle in Salt Lake City, as we were headed home to northern Utah, my sons and I spotted a car stranded on the shoulder of I-15. We stopped and changed a tire for three elderly folks who really needed our help. My white shirt got a little dirty in the process, but what a good feeling it gave us. My boys talked about that experience for a long time after. It really has made a lasting impression on them. For my church I have had the opportunity to visit in the homes of many members and nonmembers. Getting to know each of them and sharing our Savios's love for them has in turn been a real blessing in my life. I have also gained some lifelong friendships in the process.