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Hi I'm James

I'm Hispanic. I play soccer. I am a 25 year-old university student, a husband, a father, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 25 years old and was born and raised in the Tampa Bay area. I am a returned Missionary from the California Oakland/San Francisco Mission. I'm currently a university student. I am married to my High School sweetheart. My parents were converts to the church in Venezuela and were married in the Washington DC Temple. I have 3 older brothers who have always been good examples for me. I like to play soccer, volleyball, skimboard, snowboard, and sing. I'm a firm believer that we can achieve whatever we want to as long as we're committed to it, set goals and then make plans to do what we want to do and to become what we want to become.

Why I am a Mormon

I was brought up in the church, and I've believed what I was taught since I was little. During my teenage years, some doubts began to creep in, and I didn't want to be unsure of something so monumentally important, that Jesus Christ has brought His church once again to the earth, and that THIS was IT. As the youngest of my siblings, I saw them come and go from their 2-year missions. I saw who they were before they left, and what they became after they came back. This was evidence that I could see that this is real and changes people. I knew what kind of a husband and father I wanted to become, and I knew that serving the Lord on a mission would help me more than anything, so I did. I served for 2 years in the San Francisco Bay area, and I didn't just see evidence in my own life that these things were real and true, but I saw them in all of the lives of those who simply desired to know, and the Lord has witnessed to me again and again that this is His only true, complete, and living church. My witness did not come from man, but from God as I sought the truth through church attendance, prayer, and reading His Holy Word. Every sincere seeker of truth is entitled to this witness from God.

How I live my faith

Every day begins and ends with prayer to Heavenly Father. I'm not perfect, but I try my best to live His commandments each day, even if it means I'll be unpopular to those around me. I've found great happiness through this, because I don't have to carry the guilt of being disobedient to God around with me. I help those whom I can and try to be the Lord's hands in being an answer to other's prayers. There is not greater satisfaction.

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

James
Yes, the Bible is the Word of God, but God can speak more words if He wishes. If dinner were ready and I had 2 children in 2 different rooms, I would want both of them to know that dinner is ready, so I would go and tell both of them that dinner is ready. The Bible is the words necessary for Salvation that God gave to His prophets in the middle-east. The Book of Mormon is the words necessary for Salvation that God gave to His prophets in the Americas. The teachings are the same because they come from the same God. The Bible is a witness that Jesus is the Son of God and is the only way that we can return back to the Father. The Book of Mormon is a 2nd witness that Jesus is the Son of God and is the only way that we can return back to the Father, and is also convincing evidence that Jesus Christ has restored His church because it was translated by Joseph Smith the Prophet that Jesus Christ chose to restore His church. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

James
I simply attribute the growth of the church to the Lord preparing people to receive it. This is His church and He does things how He wants it. There are many events or situations in peoples lives that help people choose to be humble and prepare them to receive the Gospel when it is presented to them. The Lord is preparing more and more people, and the membership and missionaries of the church keeps growing more and more. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

James
Baptism is an ordinance (a sacred ceremony where you make promises with God) where you make a Covenant (2-way promise or contract) with God. It symbolizes death, and a spiritual rebirth. It also symbolizes death and resurrection. When we are baptized we promise to be willing to take upon us the name of Christ, to always remember Him, and to keep His commandments. As we fulfill our side of the Covenant, God promises us that we will Always have His Spirit to be with us and that we will have Eternal Life. We are commanded to be Perfect, but we are all in a fallen state, so this would not be possible without Christ's help. We can become perfect IN Christ through keeping our Baptismal Covenant. No matter how imperfect we are, as long as we do our best, Christ will make up the difference because he already took upon himself the consequences of our sins which both satisfies the law of justice and also allows God to exercise mercy on us. For example, when we are baptized, we take upon ourselves the name of Christ...so kind of like taking the surname of someone whom you Marry. We become HIS, we become ONE, just like a couple does when they are married. If I had $5,000 of debt, and marry someone with an infinite amount of money, the bank account will be positive--As long as we are doing our best, it doesn't matter how much spiritual debt we are in, because we are in this Covenant relationship with Him, and there will always be a positive balance in our joined account. Show more Show less