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Hi I'm Jim

I grew up in Southern California, and as a teenager enjoyed painting and I still do. I am a Mormon.

About Me

Growing up in Southern California, I loved to paint pictures of the ocean and still do. After graduation from High School I worked as a silk screen printer and was the art dept. manager until I joined the Navy and spent three plus years in Viet Nam. Coming home, I went back to work for the glass company and became a general manager and later Vice President. Moving from California to Washington was my next adventure as a friend in the Church had some property in Washington and I was in favor of moving my family of a wife and six children from California, I got a second job and saved up enough money to take a one month vacation to find another place to live. We fund Richland Washington, a small town, far from the hustle and bustle. Upon our arrival I was immediately employed and a major glass company and later pursued a career in Electrical Engineering from which I retired.

Why I am a Mormon

As a teenager I didn't belong to any particular religion but was told by my mother that I was to go to any church I liked. I went to a few prodistant churches but wasn't impressed with and at that time in my life. I went to spend the summer with my cousin in Salt Lake City and went to work for him at his Iron company. He was a member and a Bishop in the Mormon Church and I lived with him and his family for three months for 2 summers. This was my first visit with a Mormon family. He had become my good friend and I admired him for his commitment to his family and his life. Although I didn't become a member of the church through him, he was always an influence in the back of my mind. Many years later, after many trials and experiences, Through my girl friend I started taking the missionary lessons and was soon baptized. Even though I was baptized I struggled with some word of wisdom problems, but overcame them through prayer and diligence. I became a Scout Master and enjoyed teaching and being outdoors with the young men and nature. I was a Sunday School Teacher and loved the teachings I shared with my class of the gospel. My latest calling in the church was making sure our chapel is kept clean and all the facilities and in good working order. It gives me great pleasure that I am able to keep the Lords house in order. I know the Church is true and that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and President Thomas S. Monson is a prophet. I know that God lives and Jesus is his Son and that the Book of Mormon is true. I believe in the atonement and I will have eternal life as long as I keep the commandments and endure till the end. I will be with my eternal family for time and all eternity.

How I live my faith

I married a wonderful girl who was a member of the Mormon Church. We were married and I was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I was a Scout Master for many years and taught Sunday School for the eight year olds. My last calling in the Church was building maintenance supervisor I an now a grandfather of 18 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. I have been in numerous wards in the City of Richland and West Richland as the populous of LDS member continues to grow. I have been in the Paradise Ward building for over 22 years. I was recently married to a great person and a devout member of the Church after we both lost our former spouses. Her former husband was my home teacher and my previous wife was her visiting teaching companion for many years. We kind of new of each other but were not close friends at the time. Together we have a wonderful family of 11 children, 28 grandchildren and now 4 great-grandchildren.