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Hi I'm Jim

I am a retired Army Colonel of 28 years and retired mathematics instructor/curriculum coordinator of 18 years. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised on a ranch in southwestern Colorado where I attended school and graduated as the salutatorian of my class. I attended Brigham Young University and graduated with a BS in Mathematics in 1970. I also served a mission in Mexico from 1965 to 1967. I was married in September of 1968 and my wife and I are the parents of 8 children and the grandparents of 20 grandchildren. Following college I began teaching mathematics and science but after a few months, I was drafted into the military in 1971. I chose to enlist and attend Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia where I received my commission in January 1972. My family and I were stationed in several places including Georgia, Texas, Kansas, Germany, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and two tours in the Pentagon. i served in various leadership positions of increasing responsibility including battalion commander during Operation Desert Storm. I retired as a Colonel in 1998 and accepted a teaching position in Ohio where we currently live. I continued to use the Spanish I learned on my mission and still read, write and speak fluently. I have served in various calling in our church including Elders Quorum president, High Priest Group Leader, Bishop and Stake High Counselor. I am also a certified sports official in basketball, baseball and softball. My hobbies include woodworking, music and reading.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I believe in Jesus Christ and his teaching. As the name of our church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, indicates we are Christians. Our faith teaches of Christ and we live our lives with the understanding that we are children of Heavenly parents. I believe that our Heavenly Father sent us here to earth as a part of His plan and that we have the opportunity to return to His presence if we live worthily by obeying His commandments and accepting Christ as our Savior. I am a Mormon because our faith is based on revelation from the Savior who guides our Church through a living prophet and twelve apostles as was His church organized when He was upon the earth. I believe the principles, ordinances and covenants of the gospel and the authority to act in His name have been restored to the earth and exist in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints today. I also believe in the Book of Mormon, an additional testimony of Jesus Christ, which was contains a second witness of the Savior and his teachings. For these reasons I am proud to be called a Mormon

How I live my faith

I have been active in my faith since I was baptized as a youth. I was married in the Manti UtahTemple and raised my family in the church. I served as a missionary for 27 months in Northern Mexico and have used the things I learned there to guide my actions and decisions. Despite the pressure of the military lifestyle I have continued to follow the tenets of my faith and observe the principles that govern our faith. In the military I continued to share the gospel with others and helped them to know our beliefs. I served in the communities where we lived in the Boy Scouts, as a school board president, as coordinator of community service events including state and local food drives to help the needy and service projects to assist the elderly and single parent families. I have been active in our missionary program, especially those in our local Hispanic branch, assisting the missionaries in teaching and assisting others in becoming knowledgeable about our faith. I have also organized a community wide emergency preparedness fair that focused on seminars and activities to help families in our area be prepared for situations that might arise. My faith has taught me the importance of service and I have tried to live as an example both with in our congregation and our community.

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

God loves all his children and wants all of them to have an equal chance of returning home to Him after this life. Many of His children have lived upon the earth without the opportunity to hear and accept His gospel. As a result they did not have the opportunity to receive the ordinances necessary to be worthy of that return. They were unable to take upon them the name of Christ through baptism nor were they able to be baptized with fire which is to receive the Holy Ghost. We perform these earthly ordinances for them and offer them the opportunity to accept these blessings if they desire. Then they can become members of his kingdom and be worthy of being saved through the atoning sacrifice of Christ. Show more Show less