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Hi I'm James

I grew up in Las Vegas. I am a student. I hunt & fish. I am a family man. I use ASL and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love the outdoors such as gardening, hunting, fishing, hiking, backpacking, etc. I also enjoy photography, history, working on ArcGIS (a mapmaking software program), teaching ASL, poetry and carpentry. I sometimes wonder how I find time to do all of these. Of course, I love my family more than anything else.

Why I am a Mormon

I have often experienced diverse challenges in life. I was born to a shattered home, thus was taken away by the state when I was 8 years old. I was placed in several homes throughout my youth and well through my teen years. Such life presented me challenges that required me to question myself about the very life I was living. Why was I not accepted by my parents? Am I doing something wrong? Why my life is difficult? Does God forsake or forgot me? What life should I lead? What is the purpose of life? and what will I be after I go to my grave? are such questions I asked myself throughout my youth. I am fortunate enough to participate in several different religions as afforded to me by being placed in different families, homes and centers. With questions in mind, I attended several religion services in hopes that I would obtain answers to my questions. One day I went to a church and in the foyer was a large beautiful artwork by Harry Anderson. The art was a picture of glorified Jesus Christ descending with hosts of angels behind Him playing trumpets in act of praising Him. Such artwork inspired me to ponder the focus of the church, thus I asked to be taught and eventually joined the church. I did not adopt a Mormon lifestyle at first as being Mormon was not easy. I faced many challenges that questioned my actions and decisions. I moved on with my life amid many questions unanswered. However, with time I found answers to every question I had by listening to members teach doctrines of Christ and testify about Him. I couldn't find such hope and glorious message as found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) anywhere else. I decided to dedicate myself to Jesus by follow his teachings. His teachings are found in scripture as delivered by prophets such as Adam, Noah, Moses, Elijah, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Alma, Lehi, Nephi, Mosiah, Peter, James, Paul, John, and so many others including present-day prophets. Messages from the living prophets are found in our monthly magazine, at general conferences and other meetings. The most important message I found that afforded me hope and merit is the sacrifice of Jesus Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross at Calvary. The sacrifice of Jesus Christ is often known as the atonement which allowed me to change my wrongdoings and rededicate myself to Christ by following him, forsaking my bad habits and obtaining forgiveness. Rededicating myself to Christ requires repentance and partaking the communion or sacrament at weekly church services. The atonement of Christ gave me hope and a better life with purpose and destiny than I had throughout my youth. This hope and love of Christ allowed me to be able to marry my beautiful wife in the temple where we made vows as husband and wife for time and all eternity. That beautiful union enabled us to form the family I had always strived to obtain. I do not regret my decision to join the church but am very grateful for that decision. Being Mormon allowed me to make a new life forgetting the sorrows and pains of my youth. Such beautiful blessing are afforded to me by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, otherwise I would not know what I should be in the crazed world.

How I live my faith

I am an ordinary man, living everyday with the attempt to make a good contribution to society. I am simply trying to follow the footsteps of my savior, Jesus Christ, however, I do make mistakes. When I make a mistake, I take advantage of the opportunity to improve my weaknesses in all I do. For me, making mistakes does not mean I can simply do it again because its just a mistake; rather I strive my hardest to be obedient once again. Recognizing my mistakes offers me an opportunity to remember that I am not any better than anyone else. In order for me to follow my savior, Jesus Christ, I follow the teachings of the LDS Church by means of reading scriptures, and praying to my Father in Heaven with gratitude for blessings bestowed upon me and my family. After offering gratitude, I plea for help from Him in all aspects of my life. This is the first thing I do everyday. Once I have asked my Father in Heaven for guidance, I move on throughout the day, striving to be obedient to my leaders and teachers. I also try to be kind to and help my colleagues, strangers, neighbors, friends, my wife and children.