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Hi I'm James

I am a husband and father. For work I'm a librarian. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

After high school I served a mission for the church in California. When I came home I had matured enough, I guess, for that beautiful girl I met in high school to finally notice me. A year later we were married. Its been nearly ten years since then and we now have three wonderful children. During those ten years I received a bachelor degree with a major in history and followed it up with a master's degree in library and information science. I now work for a university as a librarian. Going to school and raising a family wasn't easy for me or my wife but we have both grown tremendously from the experience. Some months ago I took a job with a University in the Middle East. It has been a phenomenal experience thus far. Moving far from home has helped us strengthen our family. We spend much more time together as we struggle to integrate in to a new and different society. We were so pleased to find a strong congregation of the church here and are blessed to associate with members from all over the world. Truly this is a world wide church with room for all peoples. I love the outdoors. Canoeing, cycling, hiking, snowboarding and camping are just a few of the sports I love. My wife and I have been on many backcountry adventures. One of the fun parts about getting out in the woods is meeting wonderful people doing the same thing. Who knows, maybe I'll see you out there.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up a Latter-day Saint. I trusted my parents as much as any child and naturally had few doubts about what they told me was true. As a child I had several powerful experiences that taught me that what I was learning at church and from the scriptures was true and right. These experiences were not visitations from angels or voices from the beyond but penetrating spiritual impressions that have stayed with me to this day. I have come to know that the Book of Mormon is true through study and prayer. I have learned that God loves and knows us individually. My conviction in the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ did not come to me in one or even two monumental experiences. Rather, I have come to know that God lives and this is His church by a long series of spiritual experiences. I have found peace in living the gospel.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by serving others. You'll often find me with our youth on some backcountry adventure. I've been a part of the Scouting and our youth program as a leader for nearly a decade. I enjoy working and spending time with the youth. I try to live the gospel by being a good neighbour and serving others where I can. I try to understand how the Lord would have me live my life by reading the scriptures, attending my church meetings and kneeling often in prayer.