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Hi I'm Jim

I was born in Minnesota, raised in Utah, and have worked and traveled throughout the world. I am a Mormon!

About Me

I am a recently retired finance officer and certified public accountant (CPA). I have been married 42+ years and am the father of five daughters and one son. I have moved 13 times in my adult life and have lived in six different states and a foreign country. I have always been active in team and individual sports, including basketball, racquetball, tennis and golf. I ride a Harley Davidson when the weather permits and love to take my grandchildren with me. I have learned that a smile goes a long way toward making friends wherever you are!

Why I am a Mormon

As a nine year old living in a small town in Minnesota, I was the oldest of eight children, when my parents divorced. Our neighbors were Mormon and reached out to assist my mother and our family. Missionaries taught us gospel principles that touched our hearts and my mother and I were baptized the same day. Soon after our baptism, we moved to Utah...my mother determined that if she were to marry again, she wanted it to be to a man of the Mormon faith and that was more likely to happen in Utah, than in the small town where we lived. The other children were baptized as they reached the age of accountability...eight years old. Our new neighbors and fellow church members extended a significant helping hand to our family, including formal monthly home teaching visits and informal get acquainted visits and play dates. The father next door taught me how to mow and care for a yard and basic auto maintenance...as well as how a loving father cares for his family. The church provided welfare assistance and we all participated in projects that provided help to others, as well. My mother did marry again and my stepfather adopted all eight of us children and did his best to treat us all as his own. As I have grown up, my appreciation for this great man has increased and I have tried to follow the example he set in all my life's activities.

How I live my faith

I have always been involved in activities with my church congregation and look for opportunities to help and support others in need. More than half of my adult life I have worked with children or youth in church, scouting and community activities. I love teaching gospel principles to my brothers and sisters of all ages and levels of understanding. I regularly walk the neighborhoods of my community and try to leave where I've been in better shape than when I arrived.