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Hi I'm James

I'm a Musician, and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

Born and raised in Utah, I love music and I love my family. I play a few insruments (including piano and the drum set) and I love to sing as well. Some other hobbies include making movies with friends and singing in small groups. I served a mission for the Church in the Pennsylvania, Philadelphia mission and I love it! I'm currently back in college and going into engineering. I hope to get married to a beautiful girl and have a family of my own.

Why I am a Mormon

I've been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints my entire life. But even though my parents, siblings, and leaders taught me very well and raised me to be the man I am today, I still had to find out for myself if this was all true. Since my youth, I have always known that God exists and that He loves me; I just had to find out if the church I was raised in was really His church. It all started with the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. Either it was a true book or it wasn't. Everything depended on it. If the Book of Mormon was true, then the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was true. If not, then it wasn't. So, I put it all to the test. I read the Book of Mormon with a prayer in my heart that I would know if it was true. It didn't come to me immediately; nor did it come to me as a large "AHA!" moment. Instead, as I read, I started to feel peaceful, calm, happy. When I would read the Book of Mormon, my desire to sin, my negative feelings of others would be replaced with a desire to help others, to do good, and to love my fellow man. The Book of Mormon gave me a desire to become more like Christ. I knew it was true. The feelings I had were all the evidence I needed. Stemming from that, I now knew that Joseph Smith, the translator of the book, was a true prophet - for God would not give a true book of scripture to a false prophet. And from that I knew that the church I was raised in was true. My life has been immensely blessed ever since.

How I live my faith

I just returned from serving as a full-time missionary for the Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As such, I had the wonderful oportunity of meeting new people and helping them to strengthen their faith in their Savior, Jesus Christ. I got to share with others the joy and security that the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ has brought into my life. Currently, I'm serving as a co-chair of a Welcoming Committee in my ward. My main duty is to help all to feel welcome and loved when they come to church and to reach out to any who may be struggling - especially those who are lonely.

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

James
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God just as any other Christian. He is "the way, the truth, and the life: and no man cometh unto the Father, but by him" (John 14:6). It is only through Christ that we can be cleansed from sin and admitted into the presence of the Father. We love Him and try to follow his example. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

James
It's the same way you can know the truth of anything. Our Heavenly Father is all-knowing, so He knows what's true and what's not. He also loves us and would never lie to us. So why not ask Him? In James 1:5 (New Testament), we are councelled to "Ask of God, who giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not, and it shall be given him." Moroni, a Book of Mormon prophet, encourages all to "Ask God the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ," if the Book of Mormon is true - or, in this case, if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. We're promised that if we do that, God "will manifest the truth...by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost, ye may know the truth of all things." (Moroni 10:4-5) Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

James
Of course we are! This is the Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints after all! We know that Jesus Christ is our Savior and that it's only through Him that we can be saved. As members of the Church, we strive to follow His example and become more like Him. Show more Show less

What is faith?

James
Faith is a belief and a hope in something you cannot see, but that is true see Alma 3221 in the Book of Mormon. For example, I have faith in God, meaning that I believe that He is real and that He is my loving Heavenly Father. Even though I have never seen Him, I know He exists and that He has loves me. Faith is also a trust. If we have faith in God, then we will trust that His commandments are for our benefit.   Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

James
There are several ways to come to know our Father in Heaven. The scriptures are one of these ways. The more you read and learn of Him, the more you will come to know Him, and the more you will be able to see His influence in your life. Another great way to come to know your Heavenly Father is through prayer. When we communicate with our Heavenly Father, we establish and develop a relationship with Him. Just like when we talk with family and friends more frequently, our love for them grows, when we talk with our Father in Heaven, we come to know Him better and we grow in our love for Him. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

James
There are several ways to come to know our Father in Heaven. The scriptures are one of these ways. The more you read and learn of Him, the more you will come to know Him, and the more you will be able to see His influence in your life. Another great way to come to know your Heavenly Father is through prayer. When we communicate with our Heavenly Father, we establish and develop a relationship with Him. Just like when we talk with family and friends more frequently, our love for them grows, when we talk with our Father in Heaven, we come to know Him better and we grow in our love for Him. Show more Show less