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Hi I'm James

I love God, live in Utah, married my best friend, had 3 children with her, adopted two more from Haiti, I am a Mormon

About Me

I am the father of 5 children all very close in age. I am a business owner and commute every day from my kitchen into my home office. I provide advertising design services for clients all over the United States. I am an artist by trade and a communication specialist by profession. I love to read, draw, and have lengthy personal conversations with others... you know that goes beyond the surface. I love God and seek his light in my life as much as I can. I helped to create a successful foundation that is building schools for poor villagers in West Africa. I am overwhelmed with blessings from a loving Heavenly Father.

Why I am a Mormon

While I was raised a Mormon, I believe that it is not uncommon for all to come to a point where personally we must decide whether or not the cause we are in is true or simply the tradition of our fathers. I myself came to a point where I searchingly studied if this Faith is what it portends to be. While I gained a testimony early in my life regarding the true existence of God and his ability to answer my prayers in specific and powerful ways, it took longer for me to gain a testimony that he has a work here on the earth and channels it primarily through an organization. I know now that God loves all of his children regardless of their religion, race, or nationality. But I have also come to understand that while he seeks to offer blessings to all, not all are equally accepting of his blessings. I have come to know for myself that this church is Christ's church. It operates true to his teachings and doctrines. The spirit that pervades the membership is one of love, generosity and selflessness. The doctrines taught herein are more rich, deep, and profoundly life-changing than any I have heard from any other source. God offers this blessing to all the world turning away none who are willing to repent and learn of Him. God's way, is God's way... and this Church conforms to his will more closely than any I have yet met. God has established it solely to bless all those who would partake. I choose to partake and do I ever feel blessed! This is why I am a Mormon... and will always be.

How I live my faith

My wife and I hold a family circle every night before bed where we sing a song with our children, read a page of scripture, and pray together. I am constantly amazed at how much the children retain. Because there are 7 of us we each have a day in which only we get to say the prayers (morning, night and all of the meals). Each of us look forward to our day and there is never bickering about who gets to say the prayer. On our day we also get to choose the song and read from the scriptures (for those of us who can read). I visit my home teaching families every month. I have become good friends with each of the families. We share generously with the neighbors whatever we can and benefit from their common reciprocation. Our street is like heaven. I serve as the president of the men my age and am tremendously blessed to be able to associate in such a capacity with such great men of faith. I am inspired by the constant quiet service I see many of them give. As a family we fast each month and give a generous offering to a common fund that is used to help the poor and needy in our neighborhood, and then beyond to the world at large. I believe strongly that giving of my time, talents, and resources to help others is the best way for me to live my faith, and so I try to do so every day of my life. Lastly, I never miss a day to spend some time with Heavenly Father in personal scripture study, pondering and prayer. This time every morning is precious to me and something I anticipate daily. My children understand that this time is precious to me and many of them are beginning to imitate as they rise each morning. I have an ongoing conversation with my children about principles or faith and discipleship so that discussing things of God is never a surprise, but common and even cherished. My children are wonderful. I kneel in prayer every morning and night personally and with my sweet wife and have found some of these daily rituals to be so uplifting in my life. My wife and I try to attend the temple on a weekly basis and I find service in the temple to be the most rejuvenating part of my week. I love God and find it a joy to serve him.

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

James
God is a spirit, as are we. We are as eternal as he is. He has a glorified eternal body which gives him power over all things Spiritual and Physical. Without our bodies we are in complete subjection to all things physical. We have been given bodies to clothe our spirits. These bodies are a gift, and a stewardship of sorts. When we take care of our bodies it is easier to serve God and our Neighbor. When we take care of our bodies we show gratitude for the gift our bodies are. When we take care of our bodies it becomes easier for us to hear to gentle sweet whisperings of the Spirit. Our bodies are called temples because the Spirit of God can reside within us if we are worthy. The Holy Ghost, as a member of the Godhead, can communicate spirit to spirit with our spirit. We can disqualify ourselves from this communication though if we corrupt our bodies past the ability to hear. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

James
The Law of Chastity is a commandment we adhere to for our own good, the good of our family and the good of society at large. We promise to abstain from all sexual relations outside of marriage and live with complete fidelity to our spouse within marriage. While not specifically part of the Law of Chastity from our youth we learn and teach the importance of the body and the importance of modesty in our thoughts, dress and actions. Protecting these principles from our youth makes the keeping of the Law of Chastity much easier. As all of God's laws have attending promises, the blessings that come from abiding within the Law of Chastity is apparent to anyone living it. The Marriage relationship is strengthened. Trust abounds in relationships. Respect is afforded to men and women of such virtue and integrity. Happiness and Peace in the home is more readily achieved. Furthermore, individuals and families that abide this law find themselves saved from many of the ills and troubles that attend communities that will not abide. The need for adoptions is almost eliminated. STDs are completely absent. No babies are born out of wedlock. Affairs and their attending divorces are unheard of. Social ills such as prostitution and strip clubs go away. Husbands and wives marry and enjoy their marriage in bonds of trust and love for the rest of their lives which brings strength not only to them personally, but to their children and surrounding community. Breaking the Law of Chastity is a sign of selfishness and uncontrolled passion. The rewards are far greater for those who can show selflessness and self control so as to protect themselves and their spouse (or future spouse) and their posterity from the ills that come from not living this Law. Show more Show less