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Hi I'm Donald James, II

I'm a Mormon. Call me Jim.

About Me

I live in upstate New York with my wife and four cats. We're learning to work with the land (gardening and forestry) and both of us enjoy our work and making new friends up here.

Why I am a Mormon

When the missionaries taught me many years ago, everything they said made good sense. I have sometimes tested the commandments in my life, and found them to be consistently true. In addition, I have felt answers to my questions spoken to my spirit by The spirit, and they have also always proven true. I am still far from perfect, but have moved a few steps closer in my life, and I love the blessings that come with the practice.

How I live my faith

When working with the public, I often remember the story of Joesph and the coat of many colors. I find that it pays to concentrate on what's good about people, because that is what grows in them, just like Joseph did. It's also ok to tweak people a little bit along the way - another thing Joseph did (Genesis 43). My wife and I are sometimes called upon to organize events for our congregation here, and it's always great to uncover hidden talents in ourselves and others. We are really enjoying living up here at this time.

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

Donald James, II
I asked myself this question often as a youth, and never heard an answer. As an older person, I've begun to understand the consequences of my own thoughts and actions, and have discovered that some things just never get fixed on their own. The atonement of Christ allows us to repent (change), and that allows past hurts to heal. Part of the equation is forgiveness - our own for others, others for us, and Christ for us all if we will come unto him. In addition, just as He was resurrected and lives on, we are promised that we will also - that death, as we know it, holds no one permanently. The promise of such great gifts gives me courage to go on and do a little better every day. Show more Show less