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Hi I'm James

I'm from Virginia. I'm a future engineer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am from Virginia. I served as a missionary in Siberia. Now that I am back in the States, I am continuing my studies in engineering and mathematics at a college in California. Wrestling and amateur film making keep me busy. I love music, and especially '80s. Animals are awesome. My mom is allergic to the typical pets (cats and dogs), so I have had many, many more exotic pets. One of my dreams for the days beyond my engineering career is to have my own pet shop and privately-owned zoo.

Why I am a Mormon

Humans have five senses. Many people find it hard to believe in anything they cannot see or hear or touch, yet many people do just that. Love. How do you know that your mother loves you? Because you see her smile, or hear her say kind words, or hug you? Couldn't anyone do that? Would that be proof enough that someone really loves you? No. You know she loves you because you feel something else. Something difficult to describe. Poets and prophets talk about "your heart" feeling love. There seems to be something beyond our senses that convinces us of this truth. Those good feelings are from God. I feel those good feelings when I think about Jesus Christ, read the scriptures, pray, and go to church. That is the evidence that helps me to keep believing. The evidence that comes after I took the step of faith - action - read the scriptures, prayed, and went to church. What evidence could be greater than a witness from God? I know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that this is His restored church, just as much as I know that my mother loves me.

How I live my faith

Right now I am in Siberia as a missionary. I have been here for over a year and half. I learned to speak in Russian. I read the scriptures in English and Russian. I wear short sleeves and sweat in the summer, and wear a fur coat and sweat in the winter. I love it. The Russian people are strong and smart and hospitable, and I love them. I want to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with all who will listen, because it has brought such great joy to my life. There are many atheists in Russia left in the wake of communism. Many people distrust religion and associate churches with scams and frauds. Among these people are a few who have been humble and brave enough to meet with the missionaries, read the scriptures, pray, and come to church. These are the happiest people in world. They have found a light that no one else here seems to have. You can spot a member of the Church of Jesus Christ from 100 yards away because he will be smiling -- a rare sight in Siberia. That is the light of the gospel. I want to give it to the world.