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Hi I'm James

I love helping people. I love computers. My favorite color is yellow. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married with 6 children. My wife and I are going through some challenges right now as she is recovering from memories of childhood abuse, but we love each other very much. I love to play both outside and inside with my kids. They are a big help to me around the house, and I am very proud of them for how hard they work at school, church, and at their other activities. I work as a Unix Systems Administrator for a technology company, and I love my job because I get to help people while working with computers. I love learning about things and try to do so through reading books, researching on the internet, and watching educational material on TV.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because I know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and my Savior, and I have come to know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is His Church on the earth today. It contains the fulness of His Gospel and the authority (the "priesthood") to act in His Name. He leads this Church through revelation to His Prophet. I am very grateful for the guidance we receive from him (the Prophet), and for my testimony of this knowlege. I am a fairly "normal" person. I have a family, a house, and a job. I enjoy playing basketball, volleyball, fishing, boating, wakeboarding, skiing, etc. I like watching TV and playing video games. What makes me different from the "average Joe" is knowlege - knowlege that Christ has visited the earth in these "latter" days and orgainized His Church on the earth. I want to share that knowlege with everyone, with anyone who is willing to listen, with anyone who believes that Heavenly Father loves them and has a plan for them.

How I live my faith

I live my faith the best I can by trying to keep the commandments each day, though I am far from perfect. When I was baptized, I promised to keep the commandments and to serve others. I also promised to live a certain way, including following the Word of Wisdom (no drinking, no smoking, etc); paying a full tithe (10% of my income), etc. I don't find it hard to follow these principles, because I love Heavenly Father and know that He has asked these things of me, and because I see great blessings in my life for keeping them. I also serve in my ward (my local LDS congregation) in several capacities. I work in the Young Men's organization. I prepare and teach a lesson each week for the 12 - 13 year old boys. I also work with them in their scouting efforts as an assistant scoutmaster (The Church uses the Boy Scouts of America as the primary Young Men's program). I also work with the boys on a program called "Duty to God", which helps the young men learn and carry out the duties they take upon themselves when they receive the Aaronic Priesthood. I try to serve whenever I can. If a family is moving in, I help them unload their truck. If a family is moving out, I help them load their truck. If a neighbor is sick, I try to take them a meal or run to the store for them. If someone needs a ride somewhere, I give it to them. If someone needs to borrow a car, I loan it to them. I try to share the things that Heavenly Father has blessed me with to bless the lives of others.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

James
I used to think people who weren't members of the Church might find the idea of performing proxy baptisms for the dead to be a strange idea, because there isn't anything else like it in mainstream Christian theology. Then I realized that through Christ's suffering for our sins the "Atonement", He performed something for all of us that we couldn't do for ourselves. His Atonement is the greatest example ever of a proxy ordinance, and clearly sets the precedence that this concept is acceptable to God. We are able to act as He did in others' behalf, by performing ordinances for them that they can't perform for themselves. In this way, we can act as "saviours on mount Zion" Obadiah 121, aiding in bringing salvation to those who would otherwise not have this chance. I know that Heavenly Father, loving all of His children, wants them all to have that chance. Those we perform these ordinances for still have the opportunity to accept or reject this baptism, along with the Gospel as it is taught to them. So Heavenly Father has provided a way for all of His children to return to Him, but leaves the choice to accept this opportunity up to them. He doesn't force any of us to do anything - He lets us choose for ourselves. Show more Show less