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Hi I'm James

I've practiced martial arts from my youth and currently develop software for the United States Air Force. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been a fan of role-playing games since I could hold a nintendo controller, and I'm also fond of Japanese language and culture. I'm studing programming in school, and I like to practice dance.

Why I am a Mormon

Having been born into the church, I've had a lot of opportunity throughout my life to look at the kind of lives and social structures that people in the church, individuals and families alike, lead and enjoyed. I thought about the overall happiness and productivity that these kind of people had, and then looked at the countless broken families and individuals with no aim, goal, or true joy in life. That's just a part of how I came to know that this church is true, and so I've willingly and knowingly held to it.

How I live my faith

My job is one that brings people from all over the nation together for a common goal, and naturally I the opportunities to discuss religion are frequent and thorough. Sometimes I visit other members of the church just to say "hi", get to know them and their interests, and help out with anything they could use a hand in. It's just a simple way of strengthening us as one large family. I've been a sunday school teacher for children of varying ages, helping them have fun while learning to feel the spirit of God in church. Not long ago I served a religious mission in Japan, telling the people there about the wonderful strength and hope that I've been blessed with through the gospel of Jesus Christ.

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

We believe that God is the father of our spirits. We believe that he has a body like us, but immortal and glorified, and one of the reasons we are here on this earth today is so that we can inheret bodies through birth, and learn to use and care for them. We believe that as the spiritual children of God, that we inherit his divine traits and innate desires for happiness, and that we can be like Him if we exercize those traits. He is our Father, He knows each of us individually and personally, He understands and sympathizes with human concerns, and He wants us to be able to return and live with Him for eternity. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

We are all the spiritual children of our Heavenly Father, and on this earth, we wed one another and give the opportunity for more of His children to grow and be happy. The family is the most secure, reliable, and functional unit in any society, and the sacred ordinance of marriage, whithin which a family is founded, last forever; as do our family relations with each other. In a solid family can be found unconditional love, trust, and support. Show more Show less

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

Giving in to sexual desires and activities outside the socially and emotionally secure bonds of marriage is a sin before God and will disrupt our own well-being and personal development. In addition, marriage is a sacred God-given ordinance in which a man and a woman are united for all eternity, and recognized by the state for the purpose of creating and raising children, ideally with the physical and social nurturing that only a father and a mother can provide together. God created us, male and female, and made us beautiful to each other for a very special purpose. Our gender is a spiritually significant and eternal aspect of our nature, and we are given special responsibilities related thereto as well as the gifts and strengths we need to fulfill them, and the weaknesses we need to grow, be humble, and rely on our special, equal partners. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

A "testimony" is a spark of conviction that a person finds when they exercize faith. A person who honestly and humbly accepts that "perhaps the church COULD be true..." and nourishes that faith will inevitably realize within their heart that it IS true. Your testimony is when you know for yourself that the church, or some aspect about it in particular, is absolutley true-not because your parents said so, or because of habit-but because you genuinely believe and live the teachings related to it. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Our gender is an eternal and spiritually-rooted aspect of our being, and we as men and women both have particular responsibilities and tasks to perform, as well as the special capacities to fulfill them. The priesthood is the authority to act Heavenly Father's name in blessing our communities and families. It is also necessary to hold this authority to run and direct church affairs, it being His own church. In this way, the church is kind of like a family. In a family, the father and mother both act as equal partners to ensure they and their children's well-being and growth. When possible, the responsibilities given to them are that the husband presides in love, according to the teachings of Jesus Christ, and he uses the priesthood to help do this. It's similar to the woman's responsibility to give the physical and spiritual nurture to their children that only she can. Women who have callings or positions in the church are like mothers; a mother certainly is not worth less or less useful than her husband on account of "who holds the priesthood". Show more Show less