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Hi I'm James

I'm a scientist, historian, photographer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

A computer geek with an interest in Ancient Near Eastern languages and religion. I have a PhD in Computer Science, and a minor in Ancient Near Eastern History. I served a mission in Florida Ft. Lauderdale. I was a part time instructor of religion in the Ancient Scripture department at BYU, and I am now an image analyst at Los Alamos National Laboratory. I have a fascination and love of photography. Perhaps this is related to my job in image analysis. If you are interested, you can check out my photos on flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/jlcarroll/ (all are modest and clean).

Why I am a Mormon

Science and religion do not have to conflict. Science tells me how the world works, while my Mormon faith tells me why the world works. My faith provides purpose behind the clinical facts provided by science.

How I live my faith

Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. (James 1:27)

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

When we are baptized we enter a covenant (or contract) with God. It can be helpful to compare this to how an earthly contract between two people is made. Just as with an earthly contract, both parties must sign the contract, and it must be witnessed in order to be binding. When we allow ourselves to be placed under the water and drawn up out of the water, we are essentially signing the contract. The person baptizing signs the contract for God, and the witnesses of the baptism serve the same purpose as the witnesses in an earthly contract. In order for the priesthood holder to sign God's name upon the contract, they have to have God's "power of attorney," or the right and power to act in God's name. We call this power the priesthood. Without it, the contract is not fully binding. Show more Show less