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Hi I'm James

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married to my wonderful wife for 14 years, and we have 4 children, ranging from 11 to 2. I graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Health and Human performance, and have been working in the Information Technology field for the last 12 years. I currently work for a major telecommunications company providing managed security services to customers. I am also pursuing a master's degree in Information Security and Assurance through Western Governors University. When I am not busy working, I enjoy running, rollerblading, and spending time with my wife and children. I love Sci-Fi books and movies, and my wife and I are avid watchers of Star Trek - The Next Generation and Doctor Who.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up in a small town in southeastern Michigan, my mom was a nurse and my dad was a mechanical engineer. We did not know about the church and its teachings, although my parents' best friends were Mormons. I'm sure they had an influence on my parents, because when sister missionaries came knocking on their door one day, my mom let them in to listen to their message. When I was 6 1/2, my parents were baptized. A year later, we drove the approximately 14 hours from Michigan to Washington, D.C., to be sealed togther for time and all eternity in a temple of our God. This is one of the most important principles of our faith; that family relationships can extend beyond the grave, that marriages do not have to be "until death do us part". The prospect of living with my family forever fills me with hope and joy. It gives me a reason for living and making choices that will allow us to be together forever. There are two major experiences in my life that epitomize the Gospel of Jesus Christ to me. The first came when I had the opportunity to serve a full-time mission for two years in Berlin, Germany. I set aside my studies and with my parents' help, paid my own way to tell the people of Germany about God's plan of happiness. I came away from my mission with a stronger testimony of the gospel and a greater love for God's children. The second defining experience in my life was the day I was married to my wife in the temple to seal our own individual family together for all eternity. That was, without question, the happiest moment of my life. The opportunity to be with our families for mor than just "til death do us part" fills me with hope and joy.

How I live my faith

I have the opportunity to sit with our bishop and his counselors every week to discuss the needs of the members of our ward as well as callings which need to be fulfilled, and to make appointments for members of the ward to meet with the bishop or his counselors for various reasons. I also participate in various service projects for members of our ward as they are organized as a part of my priesthood organization. I have the opportunity to work with an upstanding young man to go visit certain members of our ward who we have been assigned to look after. These include active members in good standing as well as those who are less active in church attendance. All of God's children are precious to him; whether they be members or not or whether they be actively attending church or not. In our family, we read from the scriptures together every night, and pray together as a family. We also keep Monday evening as a special night when we can spend time together as a family; this is referred to as Family Home Evening. Activities in our home can range from playing games to watching movies, to participating in other activites together. The important thing to us is that we do it together. I believe that Family Home Evening helps to strengthen our family and bring us closer together. I also enjoy personal scripture study and prayer, as I have the opportunity to study and pray on a different level than with several young children in our family. I have learned so much from the scriptures, and am so grateful for God's love for us in providing us with his words through his prophets. I also believe in the principle of tithing, as taught to us in the Old Testament, in the book of Malachi. I give ten percent of my earnings, to allow chapels to be built and maintained, and church-funded schools to be run.

What is faith?

Faith is belief in something that is real or true, but that you cannot see. As we exercise faith in that thing that is true, our faith will eventually lead to real knowledge. Faith is one of the basic principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and is required for us to progress in understanding. There are many principles of the gospel which require faith for us to gain a sure knowledge of. Show more Show less