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Hi I'm James

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is James and I am married, 25 years old and a video game developer. I graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Computer Science and now work as a Technical Artist at a AAA development studio. Naturally I enjoy gaming, as well as the typical "nerd culture" including books, movies, board games, D&D etc. I also enjoy playing sports including basketball and soccer. I only played sports for school teams while in middle school but played youth league basketball through high school. One passion I gained while in college was a love for Ballroom dance. My wife and I had the opportunity to compete Latin dance for 2 years, even having a personal coach during that time. Ballroom is something I have greatly learned to love and want to share with those around me and my posterity. I also enjoy being with family, being outdoors and hosting events. I like to think I am social, I enjoy good friendships and being around good people. I like to think that I am a pretty decent cook. I claim I make a mean pizza but that is certainly open to interpretation. I played trumpet through high school and taught myself how to sing while attending church and listening to the more musically inclined around me.

Why I am a Mormon

To start out, I was born into it. My parents were both members of the church when I was born, but each of them joined later in their lives. While I was raised in a Latter Day Saint environment I still know I had to make the decision for myself. We cannot live our lives simply accepting the words around us without some sense of personal acceptance. Something as important as our faith (which affects everything about our being) must eventually be a personal decision. For me that turning point came when I was a sophomore in High School. I simply had a desire to decide whether or not the things I was being taught were true. I read the Book of Mormon on my own and prayed regularly for a personal knowledge of whether it was true. The answer did not come right away, but after a few months. One night, while talking with my Mom about very aspects of life it simply hit me... Talking about the gospel with her I simply knew it was true. From that point on I have tried to live my life according to the teachings it represents. Time and time again, I have received continual witnesses of the existence of God and the truth that The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. Through that testimony I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the true source where we can find truth. The phrase "by their fruits ye shall know them" has become the sustaining knowledge I have had through my life. As I have tried to live what I believe to be true, it has only brought the best "fruit" in my life, and I know any who are willing to try it for themselves will feel the same.

How I live my faith

I believe the key to living my faith is through example. I try to live the gospel teachings that I have been raised to and to be an example of my faith. I also try to participate regularly in both church and community service opportunities. I have had the chance to serve a mission for the church for two years in Latvia, where I was able to share why the gospel was important to me and help others come to know its truth. I currently have been blessed with the opportunity to serve the High School aged youth in my local ward through teaching an early morning Bible study class (called Seminary). Each morning we gather together to study the scriptures (The Bible and Book of Mormon) and the teachings contained therein. It is a wonderful opportunity for me to study my scriptures more, as I am not a paid or trained teacher by profession, and to share my testimony with these kids. It is a joy and privilege to serve.