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Hi I'm James

I'm a husband. I'm a father of five. I'm married to a food storage wizard. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I moved to Idaho after graduating from college, and met my wife a few months later. We're now happily married with 5 kids. That doesn't leave a lot of time for hobbies, but I do some "recreational programming" as we call it at work. Work is also computer programming, so that probably doesn't seem like much of a hobby, but I get to do for work what I love to do in my spare time, so I'm happy. Lately I've been helping my wife put the finishing touches on a book about living providently. She's a food storage tinkerer and has experimented on us, her family for years. I've been encouraging her to write a book, and she finally took me up on it. I guess that makes me a food storage apprentice!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church, and served a mission at the end of my teenage years. I really enjoy being involved in the Church organization. It's where I found a lot of my friends, and my spouse. I grew up a pretty shy person, and the association with others through church activities and in priesthood quorums has really helped me come out of that shell. With all those positive aspects, there is one more thing that drives me to continue strong in the faith, and that is my testimony of the divinity of the Savior. I try every day to follow His example, and pattern my life after Him and others who are His disciples. This faith has sustained me through some challenging circumstances, and motivated me to serve and love others. This is why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I try to serve in any calling in my ward that I'm given. They've all stretched my abilities and helped me to rely on the Lord and his mercies. Sometimes that means getting up early on Sunday morning for meetings. Other times it's meant shivering on an overnight Scout camp-out as one of the leaders. Or just staying a little late after an activity to help put away chairs and clean up. I try to remember that when I'm in the service of others, I'm serving God. And I do my best to teach my children by my example how to live. I work hard, and I pray, and trust that God will guide me, no matter the difficulties. And we've had our share. Our desire for children has been tested by difficult pregnancies and complications, including a near death event with our fifth child. I feel very blessed to still have my wife and five children, and try to remember how blessed I am every day. It's easy to forget as we get caught up in the business of life. But every time I pause to reflect on how things have gone, I can't help but feel blessed, and doing this helps me remember what really matters.