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Hi I'm James Williams

I joined the church while in my first year in college at ASU. Soon after I was able to serve a full time mission. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm James, and I have 7 children, in a blended family which was started when my little broken family of me and two boys was joined with that of my wife Holly, and her two kids and then we had three children together. Life has never been easy in a blended family, but we have certainly made the best of it and have watched some wonderful kids grow into functional adults, out of two broken homes, largely we feel because the gospel has been the thread running through our lives that has kept us knit together.

Why I am a Mormon

The reason I joined the Church at the time was because as a maturing Christian having attended several churches in my young life to that point, I still felt incomplete, having seen that even with the message of hope and salvation, there was still so much of my life that did not feel or look like what the New Testament encouraged people to live. The story took a turn for the better quite out of the blue when I was asked if I'd ever heard of the Book of Mormon, which then I was handed to take with me. I did not read it at first, but called the girl back who had given it to me and she invited me to meet the missionaries. I began to take the lessons and read the Book of Mormon, and to pray to know whether this was in fact what they said it was, the restored church of Jesus Christ on the earth. My heart and my head both seemed to say the same thing for the first time in a long time and I continued until baptism seemed the inevitable expression of my faith that I had found the truth that had been sent to me. I have never looked back, and have endeavored to live my life in a way that I could see and feel the blessings I had been promised. I have been richly blessed, and though my life has never been a bed of roses, I have never felt as though I were walking alone on this cobblestone path to eternal life. My eternal companion Holly and I have much for which to be grateful, and each day is a new adventure.

How I live my faith

I have been called as a teacher/instructor many times in my life since my baptism and have enjoyed the challenge of preparation of the lessons, as well as the challenge of leading a discussion on a gospel topic. I feel as do many others of my faith, that it is important to try to use the teachings of Christ, and the promptings of the Holy Spirit each day as much as possible to live better than the day before. Many people think of conversion as an event instead of as the doorway to a much larger process of sanctification but even the letters of Paul in the NT attest to this being a lifetime process, instead of a one time event. I endeavor to attend the temple with my wife often and have made Family Home Evening as regular an event in our household as possible though for many years we were more off than on. Still we have seen the long term effects of this on our family, and are grateful for the inspired programs of the Church that have kept us together as a family.