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Hi I'm James

I worked on farms in Idaho and served a mission to England as a young man. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a happily married family man. I am blessed to have a lovely wife, four sons, one daughter, one granddaughter and two grandsons. I work in human resources (compensation) and as real estate agent.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were members of the Church but I had to find out for myself if it was true. One evening when I was 17 years old, I read the teachings of Jesus Christ during his visit to ancient America recorded in the Book of Mormon. Tears came to my eyes and I knew that the Book of Mormon was true because the Holy Ghost gave me a peaceful warm spiritual feeling. At that point I also knew that Joseph Smith was a true prophet since he translated the Book of Mormon. Today I receive the same spiritual good feelings when I read the Book of Mormon and attend Church. These feelings bring me happiness and a desire to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I attend church services on Sunday with my family. On Monday nights my family has family home evenings where we read a chapter from the Holy Bible or The Book of Mormon or enjoy time together. We pray together as a family and as individuals. My son and I visit 2-4 families from our congregation as home teachers each month. We enjoy working on community service projects with other members of our congregation. I am trying to gather family history records of my ancestors and perform saving ordinances for them in the temple.

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

James
Yes. I love to study it. I believe that the Holy Bible is indeed Holy Scripture and is the word of God as far as it is translated correctly. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

James
Yes. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of Heavenly Father, the Savior and Redeemer of the world. The official name of the church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

James
No. When disasters strike, Church members assist as many people as they can in the disaster areas. In April 2010, over five hundred of our local Church adults, youth, and older children joined together in a "Mormon Helping Hands" project and worked together to clean the city parks in our area. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

James
The Church finances it operations through tithing and donations of Church members to fast offering, humanitarian aid, missionary funds, perpetual education fund, etc. I have donated 10% of my income for tithing since I was a child. My testimony of tithing is that I have never been unemployed for a month since I graduated from college as a young man. Also, I received my first bonus payment from my employer while I supported my son on a mission. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

James
Yes. I believe that the Lord has called President Thomas S. Monson as the living prophet for our time. He has been ordained and received priesthood keys, authority, power, and responsibility to direct the work of salvation for mankind through The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

James
At Church meetings, we may take the sacrament to remember the suffering, death, resurrection and atonement of Jesus Christ and hear talks and lessons based on the scriptures. In the temple, a husband and wife can be sealed together and to their children for time and eternity. We may also perform proxy baptisms, sealings, and other ordinances for our ancestors who were unable to perform their own ordinances while they lived on earth. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

James
On Sunday most Church members dress in their Sunday best clothes. Sacrament Meeting services are conducted by lay ministers, usually the bishop or one of his counselors. Announcements are made about coming activities. Prayers are offered and hymns are sung by the congregation. The sacrament bread and water are prepared, blessed, and passed reverently to the congregation usually by young men. Two or more talks or testimonies about living the gospel of Jesus Christ are given by different members each week. The meeting is about one hour and fifteen minutes in length. Visitors are always welcome, invited, and encouraged to attend Church services. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

James
No. Missionary service is voluntary. Thousands of single young men who have graduated from high school and reached age 18 are eager to apply. Many single women who have graduated from high school and reached age 19 also want to apply. Senior missionary couples are encouraged to apply. Missionaries receive no monetary compensation for their service but are expected to pay for their own support and/or receive financial assistance from their families and friends during their 6-24 months of missionary service. I am very thankful for the opportunity which I received to serve for 2 years as a missionary in England. Show more Show less

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

James
I recommend that you ask the missionaries. You may be able to meet them on Sundays at the nearest meetinghouse or chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or contact them at this web page: http://mormon.org/missionaries Show more Show less