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Hi I'm James

I am a Washington native and negotiate with Asian companies in the aerospace industry. I love music and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the father of two very active little boys. My family is my life. If I am not working or helping people, we are together playing or working in the yard (when it isn't raining). I play piano when I get the chance because it has always helped me to relax. I also like to write poetry and rap. We are very much into traditions. We attend an average of two family reunions every year, open one present every Christmas Eve (always new pajamas), and watch the blue Angles at SeaFair every year since moving to Washington.

Why I am a Mormon

I was blessed to be born into the church and have the gospel in my home since my youth. That doesn't mean I wasn't tempted. Heaven knows I have made my fair share of bad choices. However, I knew what was right. That is the key. When my life was not in harmony with Christ's teachings, I didn't like the way that I felt. I came to know that obedience to the commandments is the only way to achieve true and lasting happiness. I choose to be a Mormon because I have read the Book of Mormon and prayed to know of its truthfulness. I choose to be a Mormon because I have prayed to know whether the account of Joseph Smith's vision of God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ actually took place. I prayed about these things and through His Spirit, even the Holy Ghost, I have come to know in my heart and in my mind that they are correct and true. This knowledge brings me closer to Christ and allows me to feel of His love. And that love gives me hope.

How I live my faith

Over the years, I have had many opportunities to serve in the church or through the church. In the church, I have taught Sunday School for kindergarten aged kids, served as the secretary for the Bishop, maintained membership rolls, coordinated missionary efforts, and worked to strengthen the feeling of love and family among the members in my area. Through the church, I have cleaned headstones at a National Cemetery, participated in many service projects on behalf of local city offices, donated cash and goods to specific relief efforts (eg - Katrina, tsunami's in southeast asia, earthquakes in Haiti, etc.). I think most importantly, though, is that I have had the opportunity to connect with people from many faiths and walks of life. And through those connections, I have tried to convey the love that Christ has for those individuals. In so doing, I have learned how Christ loves me.

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Mormons love to shake hands. We shake hands when we start and end conversations; when we meet an old friend or a new one. It sounds silly, but this brief moment of contact is something that I really appreciate. I am so used to shaking hands, that it is difficult when meetings at work end without them. Show more Show less