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Hi I'm James

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a husband (of 30 plus years), father of 5, 8th grade science teacher, ham radio operator, guitar player, outdoors man (to some degree), I camp, hike, enjoy "off roading", I'm a dog guy (don't care for cats...unless they're prepared just right ...grin), and a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in another religion. I had questions that my pastor couldn't answer. I was introduced to the Church of Latter Day Saints when I was 18. Everything I was taught seemed like I was being reminded of things I already knew but had forgotten. I knew the Book of Mormon to be a second witness of Christ as I was reading it. I prayed about the Book of Mormon, the Joseph Smith story, to know of their truthfulness. I prayed to know if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints contained the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. My prayers were answered. I joined the church on Oct. 22, 1971. I know now as I knew then, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints does contain the fullness of the gospel. I have found peace, comfort, joy, and fulfillment as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

How I live my faith

I am active in the gospel as well as active in the church. I remember the covenants I made at baptism, and each week when I partake of the sacrament, and I attempt to live each day as a disciple of Jesus Christ. I try to treat each person with whom I associate as Jesus Christ would treat them. I try to act each day as if Jesus was actually walking with me. Some days it is not easy. When I make mistakes (daily) I pray for forgiveness and try to improve. I visit 3 families each month; I'm their "Home Teacher". I share a spiritual message, see if they have any needs I can fulfill, and check on them generally. I do this, as well as others in the ward (congregation), because our bishop (man in charge) can't visit all of the members each month. Also, I am the emergency communications specialists for our "stake". A "stake" is comprised of several wards (congregations) in a specific geographical area. I read my scriptures and pray daily. I live my life so that my actions will testify of my belief in, and relationship with, Jesus Christ who is my personal Savior. It is by His grace that I am saved. His love for me is limitless. I cannot fully understand the love He has for me. I am forever in His debt for the sacrifice He made for me.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Man must be without sin to return to Heavenly Father when we die. Therefore, we must be perfect. We cannot be perfect. Therefore the Atonement of Jesus Christ helps us. As an example, I will do all I can to return to Heavenly Father. I will continue to make mistakes, sin. After I repent, and have done all I can, Jesus Christ by his Grace, will "fill in the gaps" by dieing for my sins. Without His sacrifice, it would be impossible for anyone to return to Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Faith if hope in things not seen. I have faith in Heavenly Father (God), His Son Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost. I have never seen these individuals. I have faith in their existence because of the tangible and intangible blessings I have received. My actions or works, is an outwardly expression of my faith. Show more Show less