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.
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.