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Hi I'm Jim

I'm a Mormon! I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I'm no "Saint", but I am trying to be like Jesus.

About Me

Hi! I'm a husband, dad and grandpa (5 kids and 19 grand-kids). I'm also a retired businessman, contractor and engineer. My wife and I have been married for 46 years - we met in college, when I used the strategy of dating the prettiest girls I could find, and looking for one who was as beautiful inside as she was outside. Turns out I won on all counts. My hobbies include reading, cycling, world travel and flying airplanes & gliders. I also love taking long drives while listening to recorded books.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family of Mormons, with parents who tried to live and teach their faith in Jesus Christ. They taught me to pray at a young age, expected me to be actively involved in our faith community, and to do what is right. From an early age, I believed what I was taught, and was pleased to be baptized when I was eight years old. I was blessed to have good friends who believed as I did, and they, along with church teachers and leaders, helped me stay pretty true to the faith until I was mature enough to "know of a surety" that what I had been taught, and what I was trying to do, was what Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ wanted for me. By active study, prayer and participation there did eventually come an "unmistakable" spiritual witness of the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which continues to grow and strengthen as I continue to study, pray and meditate. I believe I know who I am (a child of God), why I am on this earth, and where I'm headed after this life. That understanding gives me much peace, helps me make sense of life's hard times, and gives me hope that our family can be a "forever family".

How I live my faith

Our church community provides lots of opportunities to serve others. We visit regularly, by assignment, with other families, and provide teaching and service as appropriate. My wife and I are preparing to be church missionaries in Germany, beginning in August. We're very excited for that opportunity - I was a missionary there for two years when I was in my twenties, and loved the experience. We've both had other opportunities to serve - we've taught Scripture classes (both children and adults), provided compassionate service in hard times, and I've worked in Boy Scouts. We also try hard to be examples of Christ-like living - be kind, helpful, supportive and welcoming - and to let the light of the Savior shine in our faces.