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Hi I'm James

I grew up in Hawaii. Now I live in Nebraska. I work in private equity and make investments in energy. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I like watching college football. I am a Pittsburgh Steelers fan. I enjoy tracking politics and current events. I served a mission in Hong Kong. Went to school at BYU and studied Economics for undergrad and also got an MBA. I work in private equiy and enjoy getting deals done in the energy industry. I am married and have four children. I spend a lot of time working with Boy Scouts and I am on the board of a non profit for a health disorder.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a Mormon. I have stayed a Mormon and become a committed Mormon because I know it is true and because it makes me a better person. Now that I have children I find that it helps me be a better parent in a troubling world.

How I live my faith

The Mormon church is the biggest sponsor of Boy Scouts in the US. As a boy I earned my Eagle Scout award in a Mormon sponsored troop. Today I give back as a Boy Scout leader. I work as a leader for boys who are 16-18 years old. It is exciting to help them develop into responsible adults who are ready to be leaders in their community. I admit that it is also a lot of fun to go backpacking, camping, canoeing or do other scouting activities. Scouting is an integral part of how the Mormon church works with young men. Because of this I do more than just Scouting. I teach the same boys in a Sunday school class and plan other activities that allow the young men to interact with other young people--especially young women.

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Sometimes I have colleagues at work ask if Mormons celebrate holidays. I smile and say, just about all the same holidays that you do. Christmas is my favorite. Our family has a tree, we give and recieve gifts, we read the story of Jesus' birth and gather with relatives. We also celebrate Easter and remember the resurrection of Christ in our church services. And, yes we celebrate patriotic holidays. That being said, I personally don't pay much attention to days like Mardi Gras, St Patrick's day, or Cinco de Mayo because these days tend to be excuses to drink--not something Mormons get very excited about. As far as Sunday dress is concerned--we welcome anyone into our meetings no matter what they wear. That being said, men will feel most comfortable in a shirt and tie while women will feel most comfortable in a modest and unrevealing dress. One might say we are old fashioned and conservative--I am okay with that. Show more Show less