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Hi I'm James

I make video games, coach gymnastics, and am a professor of Statistics and Information Systems. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the military and have now moved residence 30 times I'm not rounding or exaggerating. Moving around so much has taught me to be very adaptable and to make friends quickly. Moving around so much also comes with the opportunity to make character changes in my life each time I move if there is something I did not like about myself in my last residence, I simply made great efforts to be someone different at my next residence. As a result, I strongly believe that people can change, no matter what their past holds. I am married and have three beautiful daughters. My daughters each have very distinct personalities and require different tactics, both for love and for discipline. I am currently finishing my doctorate degree in Management and Information Systems. My career will be as a researching professor in a University's business school. I also coach gymnastics. In gymnastics we are always striving for perfection, just as we all are in this life. But just as in gymnastics, in life we never quite attain perfection. Even the Olympians fall, bend their knees, miss a step, and have rough days.

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a Mormon? Why are you a Catholic? Protestant? Baptist? Methodist? Muslim? Buddhist? Atheist? We should have a good reason for this kind of a question, and we should reevaluate it from time to time. My parents were converted to this church shortly before they met. I was then born into the church, and was baptized when I was eight years old. I served a mission for the church at age 19, and have held many positions in the church ever since. But why am I still a member of this church? Perhaps because the Savior requires a lot of his saints in this church, members of this church are constantly reevaluating their commitment to the Lord, loyalty to His gospel, and testimony of His church. Perhaps this is why active church-going members of this church are so valiant and steadfast. Aside from the countless blessings I receive by adhering to the principles of the gospel as taught in this church, I also am given the opportunity to bless others' lives through the power of the priesthood authority I've received by the laying on of hands by those who have authority given to them by Christ. Through this authority I may bless my family and neighbors, administer the gospel and ordinances of the gospel such as baptism, and do the work of the Savior. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because I believe there is a god who is our Heavenly Father the father of our Spirits I believe that we will return to him after this life is over. I believe that we must do our best to obey his Gospel, as taught by His son, Jesus Christ. I know that as we conform our lives to the Gospel, that we are happy. I am a member of this church because I know that without the saving ordinances of baptism, performed by someone who has the true authority given them by God, we cannot return to our Heavenly Father. And in this church we have that authority. We also have apostles and prophets who receive revelation and continue to guide this church, as done in the past.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being a good neighbor, father, husband, son, brother, and friend. I love others as I hope they love themselves. I keep the commandments the best I can, and I'm always trying to keep them better each day. I serve as a clerk for our local congregation, and as a teacher for the church's men's organization. I read my scriptures each day and pray on my own and with my family. My wife and I teach our daughters the gospel and to pray and live Christ-like lives. I try to live in such a way that I can be pleased and proud of who I have become and who I am becoming.