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Hi I'm James

I'm a holistic physician; I love camping, singing, and riding my bicycle to work year-round. Yo hablo español. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a family man. I'm the eighth of ten 8th of 10 children, and loved growing up in a large family. I'm married to my best friend and love spending time with my children. My family is the most important thing to me in this world. Personally, I enjoy chess, singing, and cycling. I ride my bicycle to work daily 2.5 miles. I love to go caroling at Christmas time. Sometimes I get to play chess with my wife. I'm a holistic physician and enjoy helping people improve their health and fitness.

Why I am a Mormon

Yes, I grew up in the LDS Church; however, I had to know for myself that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. When I was about fifteen, I finished reading the Book of Mormon for the first time. Following the promise of the book, I prayed about it and asked God if it were true. God answered my prayer through a warm feeling in my chest, like a small bird that flew in front of my face. It was very quick and small, but it was real. I felt it and knew it was an answer from God. That was the beginning of my individual faith, independent of my parents or siblings. Since then, I have received answers to many other prayers and enjoyed many experiences that have convinced me of God's love for me. I know God lives. He speaks through living prophets today. I am a Mormon because I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true.

How I live my faith

I pray daily and read the scriptures. I serve others at school and at church. I am the Sunday School President in my local congregation: I teach teachers to teach the gospel of Jesus Christ to youth and adults. I smile when I greet people every day; I say, "Happy Tuesday!" or whatever day it is.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

James
Short answer Yes and no. Long answer Young men in the LDS Church are expected to prepare for and serve a two-year, full-time mission between the ages of 19 and 26 they serve for 2 years. Missionaries serve as volunteers and receive no pay. While a full-time mission is considered a duty for the men, women are not obligated to serve however, they are welcome and also serve full-time missions, serving for 18 months. Missionaries are "called to serve" and labor wherever the Church calls them. I served a full-time mission in Honduras, Central America; my wife served in El Salvador, also in Central America. The memories and lessons that we each learned on the mission continue to bless our family. We continue to teach each other and grow closer due to our experiences as full-time missionaries. I wish everyone in the world had the amazing blessing of serving a full-time mission for the Lord. It changed my life and changes the life of every missionary who rises up to answer the call to serve. Show more Show less