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Hi I'm James Weller

I grew up a proud American in San Francisco, California, a son of immigrants from Nicaragua. I love Jesus. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a husband, a father of a daughter, a linguist and interpreter specializing in Russian and Spanish. I love riding bicycles with my daughter, reading the scriptures in multiple languages, and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with anyone and everyone. When it comes to my faith, my motto is that I must go all year, every year, not just Sundays, though Sunday, the Sabbath, is my favorite day of the week.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the Church when I was 19 years old. I can remember being taught that Jesus is my Savior, the Son of God, when I was maybe 4 years old, and from that age on, I fell in love with Him. However, the lessons I was taught in various Christian churches instilled questions in me that I held onto and used for guidance. I was taught that there were no more prophets, that their only purpose was to bring forth the Bible, thus they were no longer needed. I instead held to the belief that living prophets would bring unity and the assurance that God is with us. I was taught that there could be no more scripture than the Bible. I instead believed that another tome of scripture could very possibly be clearer and in such clarity it could settle the constant disputes over the meanings of so many Biblical passages. I also fancied that if there was another book of scripture, it would have arisen elsewhere, possibly in the Americas, and if so, I would know that God did not forget my Indian ancestors who lived here in seeming oblivion to my Savior for several millennia. Finally, I was taught that all Christian churches were equally true, but my heart told me that there had to be a single true Church possessing divine authority from God. In my heart I knew I would find this Church by age 19, and that I would recognize it as the true Church of Jesus Christ. At age 19, I went to Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana, to complete my Advanced Individual Training AIT for the Army Reserves. It was there that at long last I got to meet a Mormon and spend an appreciable amount of time getting to know him. I prodded him with what must have seemed to miscellaneous, unrelated questions, but for me they told me whether his faith was sincere, and whether his church stood for goodness in the full sense of what I understood to be the teachings of Jesus. Finally, I realized, I discerned, that my friend carried the companionship of the Holy Ghost. So in my room, in privacy, I prayed outloud asking the Lord if this Church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was His true Church, the very Church I had been searching for since my childhood. All at once I was filled with joy, with excitement, with happiness. At long last I had found the true Church! However, at age 46, what matters to me more is that I have a daily confirmation that the Church is true, the Atonement of Jesus Christ is real, and that God indeed loveth all His children. I am Mormon. I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I need Him, I love Him, and because of Him, I know and love my Heavenly Father. 

How I live my faith

When I arise, I pray to my Heavenly Father asking Him for safety and for success in providing for my family's needs. Much of my thinking throughout the day is turned to Him in prayer, yet prayer is something I seek to improve. I try not to leave the house without some greeting for my family or some small act of service. I make scripture study a focal point, and I aspire to read from all four books of scripture daily the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, the Pearl of Great Price, the Old and New Testaments, and if possible, I read from the Apocrypha and the Koran. I try to show kindness to strangers and seek for the opportunity to tell people that I am a Mormon, often baiting them to ask me questions. If I cannot see my family much for a few days since I work a lot to provide for them to the best of my abilities, I reserve time twice a week just for them, for play, study, and conversation not to mention eating. I have a lot to learn about basic Gospel living, but I embrace the good lessons I am blessed to come upon, usually at Church, but also anywhere in the world, and I try to make sure that when I lay my head down at night, I've done or said something to make someone feel happier and greater hope that day. What can I say, I love Jesus, all my imperfections notwithstanding, and He loved me enough to continue helping me know His Father, and my Father. This is how I live my faith. Oh, and when possible, I serve alongside the full-time missionaries. In a perfect world, I'd serve with them forever.