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Hi I'm James Stewart

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a dad and with my wife are raising, 4 children, 3 girls and a boy. I enjoy playing basketball, being with my family, and like outdoor activities. My current hobby is spending time watching my children perform in swimming, basketball, football, soccer, and band.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the LDS church and have had many experiences from my youth that both made me question my faith, values, and commitments. Being a member of the church demands time, money, and commitment. The tradeoff has been worth it. Growing up my entire family (12 children and 2 parents) all attended church each Sunday and regularly participated in other activities and service projects during the week. My participation in the church has placed me in situations where I've experienced deep spiritual impressions. I've come to know that this is the spirit of God and truth. I know the promises in scripture are true. I know the my Father in Heaven lives and His Son came to earth to teach, experience, obey His fathers will, and atone for our sins. God the Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost are three individuals but one in purpose. They love each of us and want nothing more than to help us return to their presence and be like them. Sometimes thoughts of doubt or question come to mind but I realize that the experiences and feelings I've had are undeniable. I believe these thoughts of doubt come from our natural desire as humans to question, test, and confirm. Jesus Christ has promised us that we can know if something is true if we ask Him in faith, believing that we'll receive an answer. This promise is true - I have received answers to prayer. My hope is that I can continue to grow and learn. I hope to make it back to He who gave me life and brings happiness, and who continues to express His un-deserved love to me. I hope to help others to know what I know.

How I live my faith

Outside of my job and being with my family, I spend a significant amount time as a leader in my local congregation. My current responsibility is bishop (pastor). It has proved to be a wonderful experience for me to grow and see the blessings of God to his children. I have felt His love for individuals as I've met with them in interviews and gatherings - young and old alike. It has brought tears to my eyes and brought new perspective to serving others. My responsibilities allow me to teach the youth and share my experiences with them. I have a deep respect for youth that are living high standards. This is true even as their peers try to dissuade them. Some of my leadership and priesthood responsibilities are to visit monthly an assigned family with my son, who also holds the priesthood. We visit a single woman who has raised her family and has had many challenges in her life but has risen above them and found joy in daily living and service. My service has been rewarding.