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Hi I'm James

I write and illustrate children's books. I deal with epilepsy and depression. I believe God has a purpose for our pain.

About Me

I mentioned above that I write and illustrate children's books. Sometimes people ask me if I have aspired to do that my whole life, but the truth is that it all started pretty randomly. One day I just had an idea and began to make a book. I had no idea that I was starting something that I would really enjoy and that would become a huge project in my life. So far I have 7 different children's books. The truth is that I believe it had something to do with me having depression. While I was going through some of the darkest times I had ever experienced, the books were a creative and very natural outlet for me. I believe they helped me hang on through those months. The books have also helped me learn something about myself: I love writing, I love visual presentation, and most of all, I love creating things. That realization has helped me decide what I want to pursue in college, and that's where I am today. I study, read books, write music, try and spend time with friends, and call to keep in touch with my parents and 5 siblings.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up believing in God. I grew up believing in Christ. I grew up loving the gospel. As I grew older, I began to question everything. It was one of the hardest, ground-shaking struggles I've ever gone through. I questioned my beliefs, I questioned my church, and I questioned the very existence of God. Months and months passed while I wrestled. Life went on, but the questions lingered - they weighed heavily. I received answers to all my questions, many even while my doubt persisted. "Answers" for me are inexplicable. Some kind of pure light, soul-filling feelings of peace and love, doubt-chasing comfort. What made the difference for me? The things of God are understood spiritually. The natural man will never understand. The key for me was in telling my naturally man's mind that it didn't understand and that it never would. I knew the truth of mortally invisible things. My spirit knew it. It absolutely knew it. I don't know how or why but I just did. The natural man doesn't get it - but I can feel my spirit declaring within me with so much fervor that God exists, that Christ exists, that they love me, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is what it professes to be. I don't know everything. I know that I probably don't know that much about anything. But I do know those few things - and what precious knowledge it is to me! I know what other people would say. I get it. I doubted for so long. But I will and cannot ever deny what my spirit knows and what God has therefore made known unto me. That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Living my faith all springs out of my relationship with God. As I feel and accept His love, my whole person changes: I feel love towards Him, I feel love towards others, and I want to stay in good paths. I want to always feel that way, but that doesn't always happen. Sometimes things get hard, terrible, or even miserable, and I wonder if God even cares. Sometimes just hanging on in those times is how I live my faith. Eventually God helps me see that the pain is not carelessness or punishment, but rather a gift - a gift from a loving Father who knows what I can be and knows how we'll get there together. Without that first step of having God in my life, how I live my faith doesn't make sense, because my living my faith proceeds out of a sincere desire to keep that relationship alive through everyday life. I end up trying to avoid things I know are not good, I listen to inspiring messages or read inspiring books, I try to remember the love I feel towards others, I try to share good things with them, I pray, I trust in God when trials come, and finally I renew my relationship with God as I worship on Sundays.