Hi I'm James
I am a husband and father. I work in facilties management and deal with HVAC systems on a regular basis. I met my wife in college and we were married in the Oakland California Temple. We have five children ages 13,15,17,19 and 21. My early life was spent as a member of another faith. Although this faith was full of wonderful people there were too many unanswered questions about life. For several years I did not participate in any religious activity until I one day found The Book of Mormon at the public library. I read it over the course of two years and it has changed my life. I was a baptised a member of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1985.
Why I am a Mormon
I am Mormon for a variety of reasons. The Plan of Salvation contains the only answers to questions I have had about where we came from and why we are here on Earth. The Book of Mormon is the most important book in our religion with clear and present-minded teachings contained inside its pages. I have learned great, yet simple truths, that help me live my life to bless the lives of those around me as well as with great personal satisfaction.
Can you think of a specific challenge in your family that Gospel Principles helped overcome?
We live on this Earth together and many challenges come from our interactions with others. We often "bump" into one another and can hurt someone's spirit. It is often unintentional but can cause pain nevertheless. The gospel principles of love and forgiveness can help us to apologize to those we have injured and offer our forgiveness to those who have trespassed against us. Some difficult encounters that are particularly hurtful can be overcome by applying the Atonement and the love of Our Savior as a balm to soothe feelings or any sense of loss.
Why/How do you share the gospel with your friends?
Anything we value in life (a good book, a reliable automobile, a good haircut) we tend to "pass it on" to others. People are always sharing a "tip" about how to complete a task or where to shop for groceries because they value this information and since they value your friendship they share it with you. This is how we feel about the gospel. It has given us so much happiness and contentment that we would like others to have this information too.
What has helped develop greater harmony in your home?
Love, patience and kindness are the three points that bring harmony into the home. We have these traits to some degree but we live in a fallen world. Daily scripture study, time with the family and prayer are the three best ways to develop these behaviors. I promise that as you do these things individually and together you will rise above the petty things of this world.
How has attending Church services helped you?
I look forward to Sunday services as a day of replenishment and fellowship. The messages and the lessons help re-charge my spiritual batteries to prepare me for the upcoming week. Even though there are many wonderful people on this Earth I believe we are living in a fallen world. Evil abounds increasingly and the Adversary wants to extend his misery to all. Like an athlete who trains to build strength and stamina , so must we prepare mind and our spirits for the challenges of this life.
How I live my faith
Heavenly Father has provided us with the Plan of Salvation as a guide to live our lives. The knowledge of WHERE we came from, WHY we are here and WHERE we are going helps me to understand my purpose in this life. I am not perfect, and can only be made so through the Atonement, but through our faith we can best bless the lives of those around us. By striving to live by my faith I have learned that the bad times are not so bad and ther good times are whole lot better.