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Hi I'm James

I jump off cliffs, I love the beach and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to play sports and be active. If you want to find me a good place to look is probably at the beach either on the waves or jumping off the cliffs into the ocean. I love to work and earn what I use. My favorite thing to do of all time is to spend time with those I love. I probably don't show it enough but it really is everything to me.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm Mormon because I decided to take the challenge. The Book of Mormon Challenge. I went through a-lot and it really confused me, I felt lost, I felt out of the loop, like something was being hidden from me in a million and a half ways. I always knew about the Book of Mormon challenge, but I could never take it serious. I had lost the faith I had once had as a child, I couldn't receive answers to my prayers, God didn't really love me the way the church said He did. But He did! Through all the confusion and the trials I was going through I was made humble. Humble enough to beg for an answer. Humble enough to truly want to feel what everyone in the church proclaimed to be God's love. I was determined to feel it. So I started my journey by trying to figure out what real faith was. I searched the Book of Mormon as I read it in a period of 10 days and wrote down every scripture that reffered to faith. I was building a definition, a definition that somehow turned out to be nearly 10 pages long. During this time I was often on my knees pouring my heart and my inner most desires to my Heavenly Father through prayer. I recieved an overwhelming feeling of peace and knew that this was God's plan for me so I decided to jump all in. I now am happier, I feel comfort through the words of the Prophets Modern and Ancient, Book of Mormon and Bible. I know who I am, I know my purpose in life. Most of all I know why I am a MORMON!

How I live my faith

Right now I'm learning how to live my faith. I'm learning through diligent study and prayer. As I learn a new principle of the Gospel I do my best to apply it and live it in my life. I know that Heavenly Father wants us to live a certain way and I'm doing all I can to get to that. I believe that living our faith is being a true disciple and believer of it. We must be an example in all things, thoughts, words, and actions. I feel that we can't just pick to be one of these but that we must always strive for them all. So in order for me to show my faith in Jesus Christ and my Heavenly Father's plan I must do all I can to live the gospel They have so lovingly given me.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

James
The Atonement of Jesus Christ to me consist of 4 parts. 1st, His life. Jesus Christ lived a flawless life without committing a single sin against God, our Heavenly Father. "We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam’s transgression." Often others believe because of Adam's fall we are automatically damned being born with sin, but if that was the case Jesus Christ could not have been perfect, because He was born as a descendant of Adam just as you or I. Because Christ never committed sin against God, He never acquired any dept, making it possible to pay for ours with His good credit. 2nd, His suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus Christ suffered the sin of all the world in the Garden, taking upon himself the weight of the World. We learn in the Book of Mormon that He bled from every pore and trembled because of the massive amount of pain. In the Garden he not only took upon our sins but our pains and sicknesses as well. Because of His suffering in the Garden, it makes it possible for Him to help strengthen us from His own personal experiance in all our lifes trials. 3rd, His death. Jesus Christ had to go the way of all the world that means He had to die. He died so that He could experience exactly what we have to. 4th, His Resurrection. Part of the reason He had to die was so that He could break the bands of death through Resurrection. This makes it possible for us all to live again. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about "eternal life?"

James
Eternal Life is taught to be the greatest of all gifts that can be given to man. Eternal Life and Immortality are often mistaken as the same. Immortality is the ability to never die, while Eternal Life gives us the ability to continually learn and grow. The scriptures often speak of an everlasting damnation, this damnation does not mean hell. If we take it apart and examine what it really means then we learn what God's purpose is. Dam is the root word to damnation, a dam stops the progress of something that has potential to move forward or grow. Through Jesus Christs Atonement we have all been given the free gift of immortality but we can choose to dam ourselves if we deny His teachings and sacrifice. Eternal Life only is given to those who are obedient to all of God's commandaments and ordinances. We achieve this by following the example of Jesus Christ and faithfully serving others. We also need to follow the prophets who have been called, as a sign of God's love for us, to be a light in the darkness in which we live. Prophets teach us how to accept the Atonement in its fullest into our lives and ultimately help us gain Eternal Life. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

James
Why not proselyte to share the the Gospel? We don't go out trying to convince people what we teach is true, but we try to persuade and invite them to find out the same way we did. That is through sincere study, prayer and diligence. We claim a-lot as Mormons, we claim that our church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is the Lords Kingdom once again established on the earth. Meaning we have the fullness of the Gospel which is the power unto the salvation of every man. Salvation is conditional though, Jesus Christ said it himself. St. John 15:13-14 13. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. 14. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. We must follow all of his commandments and turn ourselves whole-heartedly to him. That means we must repent and try our best never to return to sin trying always to follow Jesus Christs example. If salvation is conditional and if we claim such great things, why wouldn't we want to go about trying to save our brothers and sisters? After-all, our Heavenly Father is no respector of persons and He sees us all the same. Each of our individual souls is of great worth to our Father in Heaven and He wants all of us to return to Him, not just a select few. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

James
A-lot of people are confused about what their Purpose in life is. I for myself have been confused on what that might be. I grew up believing in Jesus Christ and knowing that He is the only means in which I could return to live in my Heavenly Fathers presence. I talked often to my friends about this belief and it always seemed to me that they believed the same with a little difference. I was pretty confused that's for sure. Growing up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I learned early that my purpose was to make my own decisions. Decisions that ultimately would lead me back to my Father in Heaven. I can't fathom the thought that my decisions mean nothing and I can do whatever I'd like as long as believed and trusted that Jesus Christ would forgive me. If Jesus Christ could forgive me of my sins Past, Present and Future at the moment that I confessed His name then I could commit suicide and return to my Heavenly Fathers presence. Ultimately taking away any need for leaving His presence in the first place. Why come to Earth and receive a body, why have feelings of guilt and relief, happiness and sadness? Why have families in which you can love with so little effort, why have anything at all if it did not have a purpose? I believe this life does have a purpose and that is to make correct choices. I believe we must follow the teaching of the Prophets, ultimately making choices that teach us who our Father in Heaven and Savior Jesus Christ are. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

James
Mormons baptize their new members because it is necessary for ones Salvation in the Kingdom of God. Baptism has to be performed by proper authority or permission. The Priesthood (the authority from God to perform saving ordinances) in which the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has, is the same Priesthood in which Christ himself was baptized. Jesus Christ also gave this Priesthood Authority to his Apostles, which disappeared along with them at their deaths. With the Priesthood gone the authority to perform proper Baptisms was also. Our claim of holding the Priesthood of God is BIG. But as one comes to know the Book of Mormon is the word of God and that Joseph Smith truly was a Prophet, they cannot deny the claim in which Joseph Smith was Gods vessel in Restoring or bringing back the Priesthood and Authority to save the children of men. Baptism is necessary for our Salvation and so is the Priesthood Authority of God. Baptism is the Gate in which we enter the Fold of God, it is the beginning of our new life, it is our acceptance of our Savior Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

James
We must have Faith first in our Heavenly Father and in His Son Jesus Christ and we must also have Faith in oneself. If we do not have Faith, we have no power. It is Faith in which empowers us to act and achieve, we cannot reach our goals if we have no Hope that they can be achieved. So first we must trust in that which our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have given and taught us (the commandments). Then we must act trusting that we can accomplish that which has been taught, trusting that whatever we cannot accomplish on our own we will be given the strength by Christ himself. So we need have Faith in our Heavenly Father, our Savior Jesus Christ and in Oneself. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

James
Isaiah 55:8-9 8.For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. 9.For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. No matter my opinion on the matter, whether it be for or against homosexual relations, it is God's law which He has given to His children throughout the ages, to only have relations with the opposite sex within the bonds of legal marriage (man and woman, not man and man or woman and woman). As with all the commandments given to us from our Heavenly Father, we do not have a choice whether to obey or disobey if we want to return to live with Him. We cannot live in sin and expect to be worthy to stand in His glory filled presence. That is why we have been given the Gospel of Jesus Christ, that is why we have the Atonement. If we fall short of the glory of God we can repent and access the grace of our loving Savior and through that grace we can be given the strength and ability to truly repent and sin no more. As we get to know our Savior we will better understand his commandments and have a greater desire to live them. Our Heavenly Father, through His Prophets, has given us a clear definition of what He desires for marriage, He has made it clear that it is a sacred and important duty to live and partake in this sacred covenant. http://www.lds.org/family/proclamation?lang=eng Show more Show less