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Hi I'm James

I was born and raised in Northern California and now work as a Ranger for Utah State Parks. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband and a father. I graduated from college with a degree in Mass Communications because interacting with others is vital in my life. I love to read and write, both essays and poetry. I am a police officer because this world needs people willing to stand up for right and wrong and be a shield to others.

Why I am a Mormon

I have a Father in Heaven who knows me and loves me for the individual I am. He sent his Son Jesus Christ to be an example of how to live and what we need to do in order to return to God's presence. It is through this understanding that I have found peace and happiness in this world. But peace and understanding cannot exist with ignorance. Knowing that I have a Heavenly Father, that He has a plan for us, what it is and my part in it are essential. Through prayer, service, study, holy scripture and modern revelation I can answer these questions and know for myself the truth of the answers. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I believe in being honest and kind. I want to be the type of person who others trust and respect for doing what is right. I know that it is only through putting other people and their needs as a priority that we can find true joy and happiness. I serve in a leadership capacity in my church and community and have found that is true. I want to be a good example and show others that obedience to Christ and his doctrine bring light and knowledge, happiness and peace. And it is only through Him that we can return to our Father in Heaven.

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

James
As a police officer, I've noticed something that directly relates to this principle. If I have on a gun around my waist, I have a certain amount of power. I can influence others or take or protect life. But if I don't have any authority to do that, I am just a thug with no accountability or responsibility. I wear a badge on my chest that symbolizes my authority to act on behalf of the community. But if I only wear a badge, but no gun, I do not have the power necessary to enforce that authority. I am powerless to act and cannot safeguard those in my care. When both the power and the authority are present, I can accomplish those things I have been authorized to do and am accountable for the way I use that power and authority. In this, we find an analogy to priesthood power in performing ordinances of Christ's Gospel. If I can do something, that is good, but with what authority do we act? Is it noted by God or ratified by Him? Only when a person has been given the authority and power to perform sacred ordinances are they of saving consequence to others. Show more Show less