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Hi I'm James

I hail from the great state of California and am currently a graduate in mechanical engineering. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Like most of the other 7 billion people on the planet I love being happy, and the things that make me happy are pretty straightforward. I like keeping busy by spending time doing laser research, being active in sports (basketball in particular), and being with my friends and family. Right now I am going to school to get a PhD in mechanical engineering which means that I spend a lot of time doing homework, studying for tests, and running experiments. When I'm not in the lab I also like cooking, eating, going to art museums, and visiting cool places.

Why I am a Mormon

Everyone who is Mormon at one point or another had to make a real decision. A hard decision in a lot of ways. A decision to be a little "weird", live life differently, and follow the teachings of Jesus Christ as we understand them from the Bible and Book of Mormon. When I was personally faced with this decision it wasn't something that I was able to do quickly or easily to be honest, but the one thing above all else that helped me be firm in my decision was that when I was living my faith to the best of my abilities coincided with when I was the happiest. There is really no denying it. The Gospel of Jesus Christ makes me want to be nicer to my family, it makes me want to work harder at school, and it makes me want to improve the community around me. I know that this shift in attitude is more than feeling a sense of belonging to a social group, it's a complete change from the inside out, and that type of change comes from the atonement of Christ. Knowing that he is there to help me and that he loves us all so much instills a power in me that has transformed, and continues to transform me into a better person. For that I'm not only tremendously grateful, but exceptionally , sincerely, unalterably happy.

How I live my faith

I've had a number of positions in my church that have been great opportunities for me to reach out to the people around me. One of the very best was for a year I was asked to work with the young men ages 12-14. It was life-changing. When I was called I thought that I would help them, but I found that they really ended up helping me. We went on hikes, camp outs, and worked on scouting events together. It really taught me that as we try to serve those around us, we are often the ones who receive the most blessings. Of course this is not the only way that I live my religion. My religion affects nearly every aspect of my life from the moment I wake up to the moment I go to sleep. It is commonly the motivating force behind a Saturday of cleaning up the community, or helping a fellow student move apartments. I can honestly say that the perspective of the gospel has changed tasks I used to do begrudgingly into activities I look forward to.