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Hi I'm James

I grew up in Mesa, Arizona. I am a tax accountant. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband and father. I have one beautiful daughter. I enjoy playing and watching/listening to most sports. I also enjoy drawing using a pencil. I once won the highest prize at the Arizona State Fair for one of my pencil drawings. I played the trumpet in elementary and junior high school. Every once in a while I will pick it up. I love to play the piano. Music is a big part of my life. I wear contacts, but I would love to get lasik surgery someday. I enjoy doing jobs around the house for my wife; including hunting scorpions. I am a "father-taught" mechanic and spend a significant amount of time taking care of my car. I enjoy camping and the outdoors.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I didn't always believe everything my parents taught me. I questioned many of the teachings and practices of the Church until about my senior year in high school until I started to realize the the happiest people around me were living the teachings of the Church. I wanted that same happiness in my life. I realized that what my parents had been teaching me was a plan of happiness. I prayed and received an answer to my prayers. I knew that God heard my prayer. I promised Him that if he answered my prayer, I would follow the teachings of the the Church for the rest of my life. Ever since that time, I have been happier and more fulfilled in my life. I love this Church and I love Jesus Christ; who makes it all possible.

How I live my faith

I currently volunteer as a Scoutmaster through the Boy Scouts of America. This means that I go camping with 12-13 year-old boys once a month. I also teach these young men leadership, citizenship, physical fitness and character development once a week on Wednesday nights. In addition, I teach these same boys on Sundays in a special Sunday meeting. I enjoy watching them learn lessons now that I didn't learn until I was much older in my life. I also am a member of the choir. I love to sing.

In whom should we have faith?

Jesus Christ is at the center of our worship and faith. Without faith in Jesus Christ, we would not be able to return to live with God. I have faith in Christ. That means that I follow His example from the scriptures and trust his ability to make me clean if I repent of my sins. Show more Show less