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Hi I'm James

I'm husband and dad, research scientist and home handyman living in Colorado. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I live in Colorado with my wife, three girls, and a boy. I also try to keep some fish alive. I'm a research scientist for a small engineering company. I'm usually busy with work, family, or church. If you come to my house, you'll almost always find a few toys on the floor, good food in the kitchen, and a home improvement project that's never quite done.

Why I am a Mormon

At some point, everyone asks themselves who they really are, why they are here on this earth, and where they are going after they die. Some scholars have called these the "terrible questions" because the answers are beyond natural experience. They require a bit of faith, or perhaps simply hope. I have faced these questions and realized that there are two paths I can take. The first is a life with hope in some greater purpose. A life filled with hope is certainly not the easiest path. It's filled with love, service, and self-sacrifice. What if I choose this path and I'm wrong? Some would say that I'd miss out on a bit of "fun" here and there, but I'm convinced that those choices lead to more lasting fulfillment and joy in this life. The second path is one without hope in anything beyond this life. It is simply to live for the moment. This is the more popular option, but what happens if I'm wrong then? To me, that would be a terrible realization. Living the gospel of Jesus Christ, I have nothing to lose--except maybe my selfishness and pride--but I have everything to gain! I have hope beyond this life. I have faith in the miracle of forgiveness--that a savior, Jesus Christ, gave his life for me. I believe that Jesus established a church while he was on the earth and that his apostles continued it after he was gone. I believe that over time, men changed the doctrines, practices, and beliefs to the point that the church Christ established no longer existed. I believe that Jesus Christ re-established his church on the earth today. I'm proud to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

How I live my faith

As I talk to friends who aren't of my faith, a common question is repeated: "How can a loving God let bad things happen to good people?" Certainly we're living in difficult times, and this question, or something similar, is on many people's minds. Over the years, I've answered this question in many different ways. I believe this life is supposed to be a bit of a challenge, but it often seems particularly unfair. I have come to realize that the answer is really quite simple: God loves ALL of his children--even the ones who's choices cause so much pain. In fact, he loves them so much, that he allows even these individuals the opportunity to choose, and perhaps to change. I know this because my heart has been changed. I live my faith by being a source of healing rather than hurt. I try to follow the example of Jesus Christ, who taught his followers to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and comfort the fatherless and the widows. I am convinced that if everyone were to live by these principles, the world would be a different place--a much better place.