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Hi I'm James Elton

I grew up in Canada, and lived in Vancouver, Australia, Hawaii, California, Arizona, Utah, and now Omaha. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of four vibrant, smart, independent, active children who keep my wonderful wife and partner on our toes constantly. I feel that a well rounded life is essential to happiness. I love adventure especially survival skills, and almost all sports especially basketball, ultimate frisbee, mountain biking, surfing, hiking, snowboarding, and volleyball. I love the music of the Church, and music of the world. I have a degree in Business, and recently a Masters in Healthcare Administration. I have been a Wilderness Therapy Guide, Nursing Home Administrator and now a COO of a Specialty Hospital in Omaha and feel driven to succeed in my career, but never at the sacrifice of my family, or religion. My wife is the kind of person that I will spend the rest of my life thanking God that our paths crossed in this life, and we connected, and will be together for ever. She is exceptional. I think my extended family on both sides are simply amazing individuals in so many ways and love to spend time with them when possible.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a fairly strict LDS home, in an area with very little church membership and very community religiousness. I was encouraged by my parents to attend church etc, but most importantly to discover for my self if the teachings of the church were truth. I have had many deeply spiritual experiences which have validated and confirmed that following the teachings of Jesus Christ found in the LDS Church was and is the right course for my life, and that following this path has given me the greatest amount of happiness and understanding that I could hope for. This is not to say that life has been easy, but it has truly been understandable and I think it has helped me avoid so much of pain real pain that I see around the world and country. In addition I think that God has led me to so many of the great things in my life, and I completely trust in the course that He and I will take together. There have been times when I have distanced myself from the Church and I always found that this distance left a void in my heart that couldn't be filled with the activities of life that I really love like sports, adventure, lifestyle luxuries, work or anything else. These are things that I suspect many feel bring them true happiness, but they do not on their own. I think the gospel of Jesus Christ has helped me to be a much better person than I would have otherwise been.

How I live my faith

I am currently a ward missionary in the Elmwood Ward in Omaha, Nebraska. I have served as aScout Master, Teacher, Councilor, nursery leader, Missionary, in presidencies, and others. There are no shortages of opportunities to serve in the church. I feel that I have benefited so much from people serving me through the church that when I can serve I do. I cannot think of one time that I have spent personal time doing so that I have regretted serving, or not had the deep satisfaction that comes with service. The Church provides an amazing structure for an organization to help teach and service the greatest good possible. I am constantly in awe of the people who spend so much of their lives serving others through the Church. I hope people in my life know that I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. It is not generally one of the first things I tell people as I meet others, but it almost always clear after knowing someone for a just little while. I hope that they want to know more about the church because of our relationships, and how they see me live my life. At the same time I hope those people who have no interest in the Church know that my relationship with them has no conditions of spiritual commitment, or judgement on my part, but that I love those people and hope be close to them for the rest of my life and beyond.