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Hi I'm James

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a civil engineer doing work to improve technologies for flood forecasting. I'm a fan of all outdoor activities and love taking my family on bike rides. I especially love the feeling of hiking to the top of a mountain and looking all around at the surrounding terrain. My dad taught me to love that feeling and I think that someday, I'll be able to get to the top as fast as he does!

Why I am a Mormon

 I am a Mormon because I know for myself that the Book of Mormon is true.

How I live my faith

 Every day, when I wake up, I pray that I will be able to serve someone that day. Every night, I think to myself, "have I done any good in the world today?" And if I can answer that I have, I sleep well.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

"Except a man be born of water and of the spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God" (John 3:5). We believe that our ultimate goal is to return to live with our Heavenly Father and with our families after this life. (That's something we share in common with many Christians.) We believe that baptism is necessary in order to be allowed into his presence. (Definitely supported by the Bible) Baptism is symbolic of our covenant with the Father to follow the gospel of Jesus Christ and by our obedience to that gospel, we allow the sacrifice of Jesus Christ to purify us (it's a long process) from sin. So, since baptism is a requirement, we believe that Christ allowed for baptisms to be performed on behalf of the dead. That the ancient Christians knew about this practice as referred to in the passage form 1 Corinthians 15:29. However, in the great apostasy which followed the rejection of Christ's Apostles, the clarity of the teaching about baptism was lost along with the authority to perform those ordinances. So we believe it was necessary for God to restore the clarity of truth regarding baptism as well as the authority to perform the ordinance. In other words, we do not practice baptism for the dead simply because of our interpretation of the biblical passage. We practice it because we believe in living prophets, including Joseph Smith, and that through prophets, as in ancient times, God can establish his truth, consistent with all of his prior words. Show more Show less