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Hi I'm Jim

I grew up on a pig farm in California. I became a Dr with wife & 9 kids. I enriched breast milk for preterm infants. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of 9, grandfather of 40, and great-grandfather of 3 (so far). I am a Pediatrician who specialized in premature infant nutrition and developed an additive to appropriately enrich breast milk for them which is now used world-wide with minor changes; I also directed clinical research demonstrating that the addition of DHA and ARA to infant formula produces a significant benefit. I have programmed computers since 1963 and still thrill at making them useful. Some applications I have enjoyed have been the production of family newsletters, ward photo directory, a cousin's illustrated biography, updating and producing computer flash drives to facilitate medical adviser training, and producing practical daily worksheets from a complex, unorganized appointment database.

Why I am a Mormon

All of my 1st and 2nd great grandparents were prompted by the Spirit to join the Church in Denmark or the British Isles and to emigrate to Utah in the 1850’s. As faithful descendants, my parents continued to live the principles they were taught and freely shared their testimonies with me through word and deed. For as long as I can remember, I always knew that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and was instrumental in the restoration of the original Church of Jesus Christ in these latter days led by living prophets directed by the Lord unto the present day. I experienced a strong spiritual affirmation of these truths while in my youth reading of the fall of Adam and the atonement wrought by Jesus Christ in the Book of Mormon. Truth flooded upon me in a rush as the eyes of my understanding were opened, truth expanded my soul, and an appreciation of the love my Lord has for me engulfed me as tears of joy burst forth to fall upon those sacred pages. The greatest joy I have experienced is to feel the Spirit bear witness and reveal truth and each such incident renews my testimony of our Father and the truthfulness of this work. While teaching, I have felt Him put words in my mouth. While leading, I have felt him put thoughts in my mind. While counseling, I have felt him put impressions in my heart. The sweetness of such experiences is hard to put into words. At one point after returning to college life after my mission to the Gulf States, I felt “something” was missing from my life. Increased prayer didn’t help. Increased scripture study didn’t help. Then I was called to be Scoutmaster and Deacon’s adviser while attending medical school at the same time. Personal time was scarce. A few weeks later, I came to realize the “something missing” was no longer “missing”; the Spirit had taught the great principle: “Whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it” for “When ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God”.

How I live my faith

I live my faith through personal devotions, such as prayer, scripture study, and Sabbath observance, as well as by service in my church and community. When my family was younger I occasionally assisted with athletic teams. I have also been actively involved in the Boy Scouts of America over the years serving as Scoutmaster, Unit Commissioner, Council Executive Board Member, and Council Commissioner and received the Silver Beaver Award. I have sung in the church choir, taught Sunday School, taught in the church youth program, and served in a number of leadership positions including as Bishop over our congregation and as Stake President supervising the leaders of 12 congregations. As a youth, I served a two-year full-time mission for the Church in the Gulf States and then again after retiring in the Church’s Welfare Services Department with my wife. Also since retiring, I have served regularly in the temple including several years as a temple president and thereafter as a temple sealer performing sacred ordinances. During my career in both medicine and research, I made every effort to live by the principles taught by Church leaders in spite of a myriad of opportunities to choose otherwise whether it would be generally known or not.