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Hi I'm James

Along with my family, I enjoy living in the beautiful state of Washington. I work as a Software Engineer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

First and foremost, I'm married and have three kids. That by itself keeps me quite busy when I'm not at work. I have a one, three, and five year old, and they all love to cling on to me when I come home. Having my family really means everything to me. It makes long days and short weekends seem worthwhile. I was born in Texas, but I've been in Washington most of my life (thankful for that). My wife and I started dating after high school, were married, and finished college together, her degree in English and mine in Electronics Engineering Technology. Since then I've been working as a Software Engineer for an ultrasound company. I've always been a bit geeky, probably as a result of watching Star Wars too many times when I was young. Whatever the cause, it has led me to enjoy an interesting career so far (embedded software) and brings with it a general love for things that blink or beep. Also, music has always been a big influence. I learned to sing at church. I played trombone from 5th grade through high school, where I also picked up guitar when I joined a Ska band. These days I mostly just sing in church, but sometimes I get to perform too.

Why I am a Mormon

To get right to it, I am a Mormon because I believe in Jesus Christ, and I believe that this is His church. I grew up attending church every week and learning about the Gospel from my parents. As I grew older there came a point where I found out for myself that this was the right place to be and the way Heavenly Father wants me to live my life. One of the most important things to me is my family. I can look back and see how great it was to have parents who were active in their religion. Their beliefs made a real impact at some critical times for our family when I was growing up. Now that I have my own children, I can see the same effect in our family. It's like a compass to guide us but also a rudder to help us change when we're off course. It many things to us.

How I live my faith

I help the missionaries working in our area (you've probably seen them with white shirts, ties, and name tags), doing anything from helping with lessons to planning baptisms. I get to work with new members as they learn about the Gospel and practice living it.

What do Mormons believe about "eternal life?"

God hopes that in this life we will choose a path that leads us to be like him, and to have happiness. "But learn that he who doeth the works of righteousness shall receive his reward, even peace in this world, and eternal life in the world to come." (D&C 59:23) Eternal life is not to be confused with immortality (living forever), which is given freely to all people by virtue of the Resurrection. Neither is Eternal life a final destination, like the end of a long journey. An eternal life is one where we live with God and our family, and have the opportunity to experience joy like he does through the blessings of doing works of righteousness. Show more Show less