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Hi I'm James

I am a newly married anatomy nerd who loves to laugh. I think humans and the human body are amazing. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have an amazing wife, a great dad, a wonderful mom, an awesome sister, a cool brother, and fantastic in-laws. I am a dog lover and have a yellow lab named Belle. I am twenty-two and currently going to college studying Physiology and Developmental Biology. I love learning about the human body and just how wonderful it is to be human. One day I hope to go to medical school. Also, I love to read, and am a big Harry Potter fan.

Why I am a Mormon

Ever since I was a little boy, I have always found happiness in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The truths taught simply feel right. One of the songs we sang as children in the church is "I am a child of God" the thought that I am a child of God causes something to stir within me and I feel like saying "yes, yes that is true" (sometimes that happens a lot with different teachings in the church for me). I truly have a Heavenly Father who made this world for us. I feel close to him during prayer. When I read The Book of Mormon as a teenager I felt less overwhelmed in all aspects of my life, pieces began to fit into place, and I knew that God was real. I prayed to Him to ask if The Book of Mormon was true, as well as the Church. A simple, yet powerful, sense of peace came over me, and I knew it was good and true (the same thing happens now as I continually read the scriptures). It makes profound sense to me that if Heavenly Father called prophets anciently he would do so today. I am Mormon because of my many witnesses and experiences that have helped me to understand and know that The Church is quite literally the Church of Jesus Christ. His sacrifice for my sins is so overwhelming and wonderful. I am grateful to be a part of His Church.

How I live my faith

I live my faith through who I am. I know I am a Son of God with a divine heritage. As such I try to act as Christ would have me act, and follow His example.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

James
Because we are commanded to share the gospel. Christ commanded his disciples to share the gospel while they were here and that commandment is still in place today. Also, because we want to share the truths that bless our lives with others. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

James
No we do not. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

James
We believe (as the Bible teaches) that while Jesus Christ was on the Earth he "gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man...that we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive..." -Ephesians 4:11-14, and thus established a Church. This early Church received much persecution and eventually those leaders who Christ had established "for the...Unity of Faith" were killed. This led to a loss of divine authority to lead the Church of Christ. The doctrine of the church as contained in the Bible underwent many translations and some precious truths were lost during translation. This lack of divine authority led to an emergence of many different Churches and disunity of the Faith in Christ. As such the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His Church needed to be Restored and brought back to the Earth, with Apostles, and prophets, etc... who have authority from God. This is that Church. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Christ's church restored. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell to you there is a God?

James
I think the Earth, Sky, Sun, moon and stars are the biggest witnesses to me that God is there. I like to spend time in the outdoors and feel the spirit of God's creations. I would invite anyone who is wondering if there is a God to go outside in a quiet secluded place near nature and ask if God is real. Then pay attention to how you feel after. He will assure anyone, as He has me, that He is there and loves us. I think I also recognize tender mercies, or simple blessings, as testimony that there is a God. For example, I might be having a bad day and want it to be better. Occasionally something will happen where I will notice the sun rise, or someone will smile to me, or I pass a difficult test (or at least understand the questions), or I will find something I had lost and had no idea where to go to find it, and these coincidences (as some people call them) are a witness to me that God does exist and that in fact they aren't coincidences, but an integral part of His plan of happiness for me. When I feel peace during a hard time, or when someone I love dies. I know that peace comes from God and knowing His plan. I know He is real. When I look at people's eyes and see the diversity of life, I am assured that all of this world did not happen by random chance, but was designed by a loving God to aid us in our search for eternal happiness. When I pray to Him. I know He is there and listening. Show more Show less