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Hi I'm James.

I was born and raised in Alaska. I have 6 crazy but wonderful kids and an incredible wife. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I spent eight years as a sports photographer/reporter in Utah and Green Bay, Wisconsin. Although it was a lot of work and long hours, I couldn't believe I was getting paid to watch the Utah Jazz and Green Bay Packers along with many other pro and college teams. By the time our 5th child arrived, my focus had totally shifted and I knew I was missing valuable time with my family. We decided to move to a completely different state and I began selling orthopedic/rehabilitation devices. I still love to watch the games but now I do it with my family and in front of the TV, not the camera.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a Mormon family and was taught to believe in Christ from a young age. We prayed as a family every night. Watching my dad and mom pray helped me truly feel as if there was someone listening to them. It added to my faith that Jesus Christ lives and that he is interested in my well being. While I have had trying times (just like everybody else), I never felt like I questioned the existence of a god. I knew he was there. I am starting to understand that the commandments He has given aren't to tie us down or restrict us. I think instead they are principles of happiness that give us the best growth opportunites. Now, with kids of my own, we read from the scriptures and pray and I feel the same familiar warmth that I felt as a child and I see the same light in their eyes.

How I live my faith

I love attending church and feeling the strength and faith of the others members. The gospel of Jesus Christ is all about serving others. I have had the opportunity to teach the primary age children but I think I learned more about faith from them. They are so full of hope, faith and love. Right now I also help organize the athletic events for members of the church and community.

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

James.
We believe (as Jesus taught) that baptism by immersion in water is essential to our salvation. Jesus set the perfect example for us to follow by being baptized himself. We show God we are willing to obey his commandments by being baptized and we also covenant with him to become true followers of Jesus Christ and to serve him to the end. In turn, he covenants that we may always have his spirit to be with us. Because this is God's ordinance, it must be preformed by someone who holds the priesthood of God. We also believe that little children and babies do not need baptism until they understand the difference between right and wrong. They are redeemed through the mercy of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less