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Hi I'm Jim

I grew up in California and Hawaii. I have four kids and sixteen grandkids. I retired from the U.S. Air Force. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy the outdoors and almost all sports. I especially like motorcycles and playing golf. I retired form the U.S. Air Force after over 25 years in security and law enforcement. I was a squadron commander at six different bases, of the 13 total assignments I had. My wife and I raised 4 kids while in the Air Force. In 2000, all my kids were serving in the military, as was I. It was a great life. I always found a way to go to school and ended up with a Master's of Science degree in Criminal Justice. We have 16 grandkids who are all very special in their own way. I grew up close to the ocean in Southern California and went to middle school in Hawaii and Antigua, West Indies. I have been a Mormon all my life and had jobs serving in the church every place I've lived.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I was raised in the church. My mother was a faithful member that always ensured we went to all our meetings. Even though the doctrine always made sense, I had to develop a testimony of the principles on my own. Like other religions, mine has many facets of doctrine and beliefs, all centered on Jesus Christ, His mission, and His atonement for all mankind. Of course, my testimony was developed by study of the scriptures, pondering their meanings, and sincerely asking in prayer if what I had determined to be true was, in fact, the way I was supposed to live my life. My dad wasn't a member of the Mormon church until some church missionaries taught him the discussions in 1970. After his conversion, I was able to baptize him a member of the church. In 1973, I was humbled to repay this blessing to my family and go on a two-year church mission to the Gulf States Mission (LA, MS, AR, TN, and MO). I enjoyed working with people of all faiths, while strengthening my own faith in the Lord, Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

It's working among other Mormons for their common good and the good of others that is the most fulfilling about being a member of the church. I have had the opportunity to teach adult and children classes in Sunday School. I have been assigned to teach teenagers and to work in Scouting. In Albuquerque, NM., I was in charge of the Activities Committee for most of the region and oversaw inter-congregation sports and high profile entertainment events open to the general community. I have had several jobs supporting the needs of adult members and ensuring peace and prosperity in their homes.