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Hi I'm James Cathcart

I'm a husband. I'm a father. I'm a teacher. I'm a leader. I'm a Trekker...I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband and father first. Nothing brings me greater joy than being with my family and hearing their laughter. I travel extensively, and therefore my time with them is the most precious commodity I have. I am a leadership consultant for the FranklinCovey company, an organization I've been with since 1994. Other than my family, nothing excites me more than watching people begin to tap into their potential and exceed their goals. Lastly, I love Star Trek, Lord of the Rings and superhero movies. I thought "Lost" was the most creative and engaging T.V. show ever made. I am the most well-adjusted geek you could ever meet.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon for two reasons: First, with all of my soul, I believe the doctrines and teachings of Jesus Christ and I believe that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the very organization that He established over 2000 years ago. Second, I have never known any organization to run itself with a higher standard of excellence and integrity. Those who lead this church walk their talk. In an age of ever-shifting values, I am encouraged to be associated with a people who believe in holding fast to the truth, regardless of how popular it may be.

How I live my faith

I live my faith 24 hours a day, continuously striving to be the light the Savior has asked us to be. While being steadfast in the faith, I attempt to be tolerant and respectful of those with different beliefs. There is no place in the heart of a true Christian for indifference or hatred. In my home wards, I have served as a gospel instructor most of my adult years, while occassionally serving in various leadership roles. I am currently serving as the Executive Secretary to our bishop.

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

James Cathcart
The Mormon church does not condone homosexuality in any form because we believe it hinders one's happiness and eternal progress. We believe in the sanctity of the relationship between husband and wife and believe that children have a fundamental right to be raised by both. While there are exceptions of course, many not of our choosing, these should remain the exception and not the rule. Children learn their most important lessons about who they are from their parents. Little boys learn about manhood from their fathers, and little girls learn about their sacred role as women from their mothers. No substitute, as well-intentioned as they may be, will ever match the power of a parent's day-to-day example. We also believe in the individual worth of God's children, regardless of their beliefs. While Latter-day Saints do not sanction certain choices and behaviors, we are all taught to love and respect all of God's children unconditionally. When we see opposing groups portray us as a hateful people, it hurts us deeply. We harbor no hatred for anyone. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

James Cathcart
The simple answer is "No". One of our volumes of scripture, "The Book of Mormon" clearly states that men are to have only one wife, except for rare instances, and only under the direction of the Lord. Such rare occurences took place during the Old Testament period and for a short time during the early years of our church's history. Polygamy was revoked by the Lord over 100 years ago, and Mormons have never practiced it since.   Show more Show less