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Hi I'm James

I'm a husband, daddy, student, returned Peace Corps Volunteer and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I really like being a dad and a husband. My oldest daughter was born 6 weeks early which deprived me of 6 more weeks to hone my fatherhood skills, but even with the premature arrival of fatherhood I still really like being called daddy. I love that my girl wants to spend time with me (the youngest daughter is only 11 months old, but I am hopeful she will want to hang with daddy as well). So at this point in my life I feel that fatherhood is a good hobby. I am also enrolled as a student and working as an educator. I love cycling and have been a spectator in Europe at the Tour De France on three separate occasions.

Why I am a Mormon

This has become increasingly complex, originally I would have to say that I was Mormon because of my upbringing, it was the faith of my ancestors. As time has passed it has become much less about my ancestors and more about me. There are cultural factors associated with my membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, but that is not why I am still a Mormon. I am Mormon because I firmly believe that this is where happiness is found. I love being part of a family and all of the programs associated with Mormonism are linked to strengthening the family.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to make the world a better place. This sounds much like an answer one would expect to hear in a beauty pageant, but after having spent time in Europe, Asia, and the United States I feel like there are things that are inherently good in all cultures, the ability to participate in those 'good' things makes me feel like I am moving forward and coming closer to the person I want to be. These good things are based on principles that Christ taught and living those principles ultimately leads to happiness. I have experienced that when I offer service I feel peace and I feel like I am making a difference in life. I love that feeling.