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Hi I'm James

And I'm most definitely a Mormon.

About Me

I am a college student working on my Business Management undergraduate degree. I just got married this last summer and I think that being married is the best thing ever! Right now I'm working on some extra time on my undergrad degree so I'll be prepared for a PhD program in Organizational Behavior. I'm excited for what the future holds because I think I've found the right niche. I love spending time with my three sisters who live in town, as well as my wife's siblings and family. Life is good!

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a teenager, maybe 14 or 15, I read the Book of Mormon. I didn't have a strong or powerful manifestation at any time that I was reading it over a course of a couple months. But I did notice that I was happier, I was a better person, and things just seemed to go my way on days that I would read from the book. When I finished I prayed and asked Heavenly Father if the Book of Mormon was true. He helped me to feel and understand that I already had my answer. I had seen how my life had changed, and I knew that was no coincidence. It's like the Savior taught, you know whether something is good or not based on it's fruits. I experienced firsthand those changes, not around but within me.

How I live my faith

What I love most about my faith is that it makes me happy on a day-to-day basis. I feel like I've found what makes me happy. I read the scriptures, including the Bible and the Book of Mormon every day, as well as pray. These two things seem to help me put all that's going on in my life into the proper frame. As a result, I can honestly say that I feel that life is wonderful, even when it's hard.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Missionaries are just regular people like me. They are often young, giving up two years of what many consider to be the "prime" of life to share what they know to be true. I guess I don't really know exactly what message the missionaries will share with you, but I can promise you that the over-arching message that we have as a church--that through a modern prophet God has restored knowledge about the plan for our salvation--will meet your every need, every challenge, every circumstance. I only know how to classify it as THE message that people need to hear because of its fundamental importance and relevance to everyone's purpose in life. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

The organization of the church is inspired. "Ward" and "branch" refer to your local congregation, with branches being somewhat smaller than wards. Stakes are larger geographical areas that are collections of wards and branches. There are usually 6-14 wards or branches in a stake. One interesting side note about the organization of the church is that the size of your local congregation never gets so big that you lose the "church home" or "church family" feeling. There's enough people to find someone you can really be friends with, but not so many that you don't feel like an individual. People will actually miss you and recognize that you are gone when you don't come to your local ward or branch. When wards or branches or stakes get too big, they are split so that this family feeling is the same throughout the entire church. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Faith in Jesus Christ is the most important. I think we should also have faith in each other, and faith in ourselves. But faith in others and faith in ourselves is made possible by first having faith in Jesus Christ. His teachings help resolve misunderstandings, contention, and other problems. He is simply unlike any other person. He is our Savior, Redeemer, and our Friend. I know that He lives and my faith is based in Him. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Interestingly, we believe that it was through the study of the Bible that Joseph Smith felt inspired to pray and ask God about which church we should join. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

This is an interesting question. I think the mechanism for choosing the next prophet is partly on earth and partly in heaven. From observation from the church's history, one can see that the most senior Apostle (by experience, not by age) is chosen to lead the Church. When asked about this on the CBS television show 60 Minutes, then president Gordon B. Hinckley said, "Isn't it wonderful to have a man of maturity at the head, a man of judgment who isn't blown about by every wind of doctrine?" I agree with him. I find it very comforting to have someone who has seen a lot of history, someone who has a lot of experience. At the same time, I know it's not just earthly experience that these men have to offer. As great as any of them are on their own, I know that God inspires them and lifts them to be able to accomplish what they need to accomplish. I think the Lord prepares them before they are called. I think he communicates with them and that they know his voice, so that when it comes time to be his mouthpiece they are ready. Show more Show less