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Hi I'm Jimmy

I was born and raised in Upper Michigan, and now live in Alaska with my wonderful wife of over 46 years.

About Me

I am the Father of 6 and Grandfather of 23. My wife and I have been married for over 46 years. we have lived in Alaska since 1990. I recently retired after working for the UD Department of Agriculture for 35 years. When not involved in Church activities I can be found working in our wood shop trying to build something fun. When the salmon are migrating, I can be found along the river fishing every morning except Sunday.

Why I am a Mormon

Prior to the Fall of 1967, I had no knowledge of, nor interest in, the Mormon Church. I was dating a girl who had learned of, and joined the Church during her freshman year of college. She had joined the Church the prior Spring and was very "enthusiastic" about inviting me to go to church with her. After a couple of months, I decided that the only way to get her to quit, was to go one Sunday. On the way to church, riding with the Branch President and his family, I received further knowledge of what I had gotten myself into. I learned that church was 3 hours long and that people would be getting up and saying how much they loved the Lord and each other, while crying a lot. I learned that this happened the first Sunday of each month, which happened to be the day I was going. It was exactly as I was told, but I was surprised how fast the 3 hours went by. Everyone was very welcoming and it was obvious that their feelings of love were honest. The missionaries were quick to ask me if I had ever heard of Joseph Smith, what I knew about the Mormon Church, and would I like to know more. I responded that I knew nothing about Joseph Smith and the Mormon Church, and I had no interest in learning more about them. But the feelings I had prompted me to go back to church with my girlfriend. After a few months of attending, and being encouraged by both the girl and the missionaries, I decided to listen to the discussions. As the discussions went on, the message they shared felt and more right. After reading, and praying, I felt in my heart and mind that their message was correct. I wanted more. And so, after a couple of months of discussion with my parents (Mom said no, and Dad said it was up to me),I was baptized and confirmed a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I know that this was the correct thing to do. To this day, I thank the girl (now my wife of 46 years) that had the strength to keep asking me to go to church with her. It is true!

How I live my faith

I was introduced to the Church in 1967, and was baptized in 1968. I have had many opportunities to serve in the branches and wards I have lived in. Some of the callings I have had have allowed me to work with the young men (scouting, service projects, etc.), teaching young kids (under age 12), and working with adults (teaching classes, home teaching, etc.). I have served as a Branch President on several occasions and a Bishop in the Ward we live in. I had an opportunity to serve as the manager of the Home Storage Center and encouraged people (both member and non member) to follow the guidance of our Prophet to build up our food storage. I am now serving as the second counselor in the Alaska Anchorage Mission Presidency. In addition, my wife and I have been called to serve as missionaries for 18 months starting February 29, 2016. We will be serving in the Alaska Anchorage Mission office, and I will be able to continue serving as the counselor to the Mission President.