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Hi I'm James!

I come from a big family, I love being active, I love jamming with my brother, and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I come from a family of 8 kids--me, my 4 brothers, and my 3 sisters. They are the greatest people on Earth! I love to work super hard, and I try to be the best at whatever I do. I love making great music and playing the piano, organ, and a little guitar. My brother and I love making impromptu music! We jam frequently--him on harmonica, me on guitar, just playing whatever comes to mind. I love to do stuff that gets you moving--ultimate frisbee, basketball, touch rugby, running, rock climbing, jujitsu--and a whole lot more! I'm currently in college at Brigham Young University going into Mechanical Engineering, and living the typical college life of homework, socializing, more homework, midterms, eating....it's a good life! I feel ridiculously blessed by God for everything I have, because He's given me a lot!

Why I am a Mormon

I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. I've studied it, prayed about it, and lived by it, and I know for myself from His Spirit that it is true. Because of that, I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. He translated the Book of Mormon by God's power. God gave him truths about Jesus Christ's Gospel that were missing from the Earth as well as re-establishing Christ's true church through him--the same church Christ set up in the New Testament. God gave Joseph His authority as well. We call it Priesthood authority. I know also that God restored a way for families to remain together forever after this life through Joseph Smith. That is possible through the temples we have as a church. I hope you've been able to see one. They are awesome. I want my current family, and future family, to stay together forever. That's what happiness is, to me. This whole church is about finding lasting happiness! That's why I'm Mormon.

How I live my faith

Christ's gospel has helped me be happier and more successful than anything else in this life. My Savior gives me strength every day, and I know that no matter how stressful things get, He will help me stay on my feet. His Atonement and His grace have helped me overcome a lot of challenges I've faced. I'm amazed at how much better of a person I've become by trusting in Him. By having faith in Him and obeying his teachings, I am confident, optimistic, organized, and able to help others be happier! Nothing else in this life feels as good to follow as His plan for us. Every day I try to become a little more like Him. I'm not perfect at it, but when I try to be like Him and remember Him all the time, I naturally start loving others more, performing more service, being patient with other people, and overall trying to create happiness in life. When you believe and follow Him, it's amazing at how much happier you become! I've definitely felt it--my life has been incredibly blessed by Him!