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Hi I'm Jim

I am a convert to the Church.

About Me

We have 10 children and 51 grandchildren and one expected in February. We have five great grandchildren with one expected any day. I love to do family history work and have served as a Temple Ordinance Worker for 19 1/2 years. My passion for sports gave me the opportunity to coach and officiate for 28 years. These experiences gave me a reputation of being a "champion of youth." I have been involved in Scouting and received the Silver Beaver. I have served on the town board, the U.S. Secretary of Education's committee on Special Education, the state governor's committee on ADA, as well as many state Special Education committees. Since retiring my wife and I have been serving missions for our church. All of my children and grandchildren are a great joy to me. Thus far eight children and seven grandchildren have or are serving missions at this time.

Why I am a Mormon

I was led by the Spirit to the Church. The Spirit has always been with me to guide me through my career and life. I would not be who I am today without His help. I am at peace with life. As a child I was taunted and labeled an "orphan." My retort was, "I have a Father. He is in Heaven." During my childhood I visited many churches but found none I could accept until I was 27 years old. One night I was visited by a Heavenly Messenger who told me to join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I didn't know angels still visited our Father in Heaven's children in this day and age. I was left with a burning in my bosom. I wondered if I was going crazy, but called a friend who was a member. After telling my story, I was asked if I would like to listen to the missionaries. The rest is history. I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God and is a second witness to the Bible's teachings. I know Joseph Smith, President Thomas S. Monson, his counselors and the 12 Apostles are true Prophets like the prophets of old.

How I live my faith

I have held various callings in the church, worked as an ordinance worker in the Temple, and have served 3 missions and am looking forward to a fourth. I feel it is important to be an example to my children and grandchildren. Inasmuch as I did not have a father in my home, I try to be a fatherly example with the help of the church.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

The purpose of life is to come to earth so that we can receive a physical body and be tried and tested so that some day we can come back to Him. As we do this we learn how to become like Him. Shouldn't our goal be to "come unto Christ"? Through this we become more like Him and set our eyes on the Eternities. Show more Show less