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Hi I'm James

I grew up in Texas and Utah. I teach a free weekly ballroom class for youth. I'm a software engineer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have 5 siblings. All of my brothers and sisters are very close even though we're now spread about as far as you can get in the United States, from Hawai'i to Georgia. As a teenager, I loved singing in choirs, acting in theater, and dancing for my ballroom team. I met my future wife when I was 15 years old. My dad gave her a ride home from a dance because I was too young to drive. I like watching movies and playing video games (or any games for that matter). I love spending time with my wife. We have a cat named Jaquie who likes to sleep on me. I love living in California. I write code for a giant laser.

Why I am a Mormon

I work in a place where a lot of people don't believe in religion. I see it all over in media and the internet. Alma teaches us that faith is a hope for things which are not seen. I'm an engineer, so I'm all about quantitative results -- but that isn't how faith works. It can be difficult to believe in something you can't see, but I can't deny the things I've felt as a Mormon. In choosing a religion, I want something that will bring me the most happiness and that follows the teachings of our Savior the closest. Mormons believe that we'll be together with our families forever. I have found the greatest happiness when I'm with my family, and I love the idea of spending eternity with my wife and family. I believe that God is a God of order and that since Jesus organized a church when He was on Earth, if His church is on the Earth today, He's the one who will organize it. That is exactly what Mormons believe: that Jesus has re-established His church on Earth with apostles and prophets, just like before. His power and authority has been given to man to serve and help each other -- not just figuratively, but literally, by the laying of hands, just like when Christ walked the Earth. I like things that make sense; that makes sense to me.

How I live my faith

We all make choices every day. Often, we don't think much about each and every choice we make. When I do have the time to think about my choices, and when they really matter, I try to think about what Jesus would do, or what He would have me do. I try to treat others as though they are loved children of our Father. I do my best to serve those around me. I teach a weekly ballroom class for youth in our area with my wife. It is fun to see the kids learn something new that is also really fun and then get better at it.