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Hi I'm James

I was born in Tucson, Arizona. I'm a technology geek. I'm a son, brother, and uncle. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a college graduate who enjoys troubleshooting problems and selling cool mobile phones and gadgets. I also enjoy foreign languages, literature, writing, science fiction, and many genres of music. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is also very important in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

Being a Mormon feels right to me. It not only feels right, but it feels true. With prayer, scripture study, and obedience, I can feel the Holy Ghost with me through out my day. I have a testimony - a strong spiritual experience - that the Book of Mormon is true. It is not only "true," but the Spirit testifies to its perfect truthfulness every time I read it. I'm a Mormon because I want to be a member of Christ's restored Church on Earth. I also love knowing that we have a living prophet who guides us in these turbulent times. Most of all, I'm a Mormon because I was to be. I want to serve the Lord and do what I can to please him. I know I will make mistakes, but I also know that through the atonement of Jesus Christ we can be cleansed of sins. It's also important to me that Jesus lives, and he is my personal Savior. There is nothing greater than that! I was away from the presence of God for a long time in my life. One day, I felt so alone and empty, that I called up to God and asked him to help me. Not long after I made that prayer, I met the local missionaries. They taught me the Gospel, and while they did, I could feel the overwhelming presence of the Holy Spirit. I began reading The Book of Mormon, and I was filled with the spirit again with a warm feeling in my heart: I knew the Book of Mormon was true. Since then I have felt God's love, and I am confident that he loves me. I have also come to know my Redeemer, Jesus Christ, allows me to return to the presence of Heavenly Father and live with him forever.

How I live my faith

I believe that faith is principle and action. So the question itself, "how do I live my faith," actually implies that having faith means that you have to have action. I live my faith by trying to emulate my life after the Savior, Jesus Christ. But, I often fail. Regardless, I try to be loving, understanding, charitable, to have hope, and to believe without knowing. And in regard to believing without knowing, to act on those beliefs. To bear a testimony that the Savior lives. To bear a testimony that Joseph Smith was a prophet, and that we have a living prophet on Earth today. I live my faith by how I live my life, by emulating the Savior because I have faith that the Savior lived, and continues to live, and I, too, will live, like the Savior. My faith is lived through my values, my beliefs, my actions, through service, through charity, and also through the very important process of atonement. Believing in the atonement and believing that my sins can be forgiven - going through that repentance process - takes faith. Also feeling the Holy Ghost, and knowing that it guides me. Plus, having a Heavenly Father, who is a person, like me, who is here and listens to me, and loves me very much. So much that he sent his perfect son to suffer and die for us. In a small way, I live my faith by managing the online calendar for my ward as well.

What do Mormons believe about "eternal life?"

James
It's important not to confuse "eternal life" with "immortality." Everyone will get the gift of immortality, but eternal life is not guaranteed for everyone. We use the phrase "eternal life" to mean living in the presence of Heavenly Father. To gain eternal life, you must be obedient to God's commandments and fully accept Jesus Christ as your Savior. Show more Show less

Can husband and wife be together forever? Do you believe that families will live together in heaven?

James
Most religions teach about marriage "until death do us part," but this doesn't need to be the case. Husband and Wife can be "sealed" together in the Temple so that they will be together forever, even beyond death. Families can be sealed together too, so you can be with your most-loved ones through eternity with Heavenly Father. What an awesome blessing this is! Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

James
No. We worship Jesus Christ and God, the Heavenly Father. Joseph Smith was an ordinary man chosen by God to translate The Book of Mormon and (re)-establish Christ's Church on Earth. Any special attribute of Joseph Smith came from and was sometimes taken away by God. All the power and glory given through and by the Restoration is ultimately from God. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

James
Yes. In fact, the Old and New Testaments appear first in our cannon, then The Book of Mormon. The Holy Bible and The Book of Mormon complement each other. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

James
No. Mormons are free to choose their own political affiliation. There are prominent Mormons in both major political parties. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

James
The temple is a very sacred place. Only people who are baptized members of the Church and hold a current temple recommend can enter the temple (and all people have the opportunity to be baptized and obtain a temple recommend). The temple is where we learn eternal truths about the Lord. We also conduct baptisms for the dead at the temple. We don’t talk about what goes on in the temple because what occurs there is very sacred. Nothing “secret” goes on in the temple; rather, we don’t talk about temple activities out of respect for the Lord. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

James
This is probably due to the fact that the restored Gospel given to Prophet Joseph Smith was called "The Book of Mormon." Mormon was the person who abridged the records of an ancient American people who believed in Jesus Christ. The term "Mormon" was not chosen by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; rather, non-members gave the name. Only until recently has the Church embraced the name. Doing so empowers the church to take ownership of the term "Mormon" and give it a positive connotation. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

James
We believe that our ability to procreate is sacred, and we should only use these facilities within the bounds of a legal marriage between a man and a woman. We should abstain from sex and anything like it, including pornography and masturbation, and when we are married, we should have complete fidelity to our spouse. Sex within marriage is divinely sanctioned for procreation and as an expression of intimacy. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

James
Mormons are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. We believe Jesus Christ is our living savior, and we model our lives after Christ taught us in the Gospel. Mormons come from every walk of life, and they're some of the nicest people you'll ever meet! Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

James
Mormons believe in full-body immersion, the same manner by which Jesus Christ himself was baptized. Baptism is an ordinance that must be done in the correct manner. While it is symbolic of rebirth, the very act itself and the manner by which it is performed is sanctified. Baptism by immersion is accompanied by "baptism by fire," which is giving the gift of the Holy Ghost to a person by laying of the hands by people with priesthood authority. Other churches do not baptize with the restored priesthood authority; thus, they are not valid. Most churches do not baptize in the correct manner. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

James
No, all missions are served voluntarily. However, our Prophet has asked young men to prepare for missionary service. He has also invited young women and senior couples to serve missions if they are able and willing. Show more Show less

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

James
The Book of Mormon gives us the complete Gospel. The introduction to the Book of Mormon states that “The Book of Mormon is a volume of holy scripture comparable to the Bible. It is a record of God’s dealings with the ancient inhabitants of the Americas and contains, as does the Bible, the fullness of the everlasting gospel." The Book of Mormon focuses on people who lived in the Americas from about 600 BC to 400 AD. The Bible, on the other hand, focuses on people living in and around Jerusalem in the present country of Israel. Another difference between the two books is the Bible has been translated several times, whereas The Book of Mormon contains the most clear teachings of Christ's doctrine and message. This is one reason the Book of Mormon can answer questions and offer clarifications about The Bible. The Book of Mormon was recorded on plates, and it contains records compiled by a man named Mormon. His son, Moroni, hid the plates. The plates remained hidden from the world until the 1820's, when Moroni appeared as a resurrected being to Joseph Smith. Moroni told Smith of the location of the plates in New York state. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

James
Thomas S. Monson is God's prophet on Earth today. He is also the President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

James
We should have faith in Jesus Christ to believe and accept him as our Savior. We should believe that Christ died for our sins so we can repent and have eternal life with Heavenly Father. We should have enough faith in Christ in order to receive answers to our prayers, and we should trust the Savior enough to accept His will and do whatever He asks of us. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

James
Missionaries save and pay for their own expenses. They volunteer themselves full-time for about 18 to 24 months to share the Gospel. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

James
Yes! Jesus Christ is central to everything we do. Everything, including the Gospel and The Book of Mormon, testify to the divinity and the saving power of Jesus. Show more Show less

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

James
Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the living Son of God, and he died and was resurrected so we can repent our sins and have eternal life. Jesus is at the center of everything we do and believe. We also believe in the Restoration, where we have a complete Gospel and can personally know Heavenly Father in our own lives. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

James
Mormons serve each other through volunteering their time and effort to the church. A congregation delegates its duties among its community of members, including unpaid leadership positions. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

James
The Book of Mormon teaches us that no unclean person can return to the presence of Heavenly Father. Heavenly Father is perfect, and we need to be spotless before him in order to live with him again. However, as we all know, while we are in our mortal state, we are not perfect. We make mistakes and we sin. If we were to present ourselves to Heavenly Father in this condition, we would not be able to dwell with him. Instead he would punish us for our sins according to his perfect judgement, and while we would live, we would not live with Heavenly Father. This is a problem. We need a way to get back to Heavenly Father. Jesus offers us a way to do so. Through his atonement, he takes our sins from us when we repent. He forgives us, and our sin is taken away. This is how we will be able to stand blameless before Heavenly Father and return to his presence. Jesus tells us in John 14 that only through him will we be able to return to the Father. Show more Show less