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Hi I'm James M. Davis

I grew up in a Mormon family, but fell away from the Church as a kid. Fortunately I came back. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up playing board games and D&D. I've read tons of sci-fi and fantasy. I'm into computers, gadgets, science, art, history and other nerdy subjects. Yep, I'm a geek. But geeks are trendy now, so that's cool. grin

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a kid my family went to the local LDS Church, but it was in a very small town in the middle of nowhere. And small towns tend to sometimes have strong cliques, which we never were accepted within. And as a result, as a young adult I decided to stop going to church. And I also, unfortunately, came away with a terrible impression of the LDS faith. So I wandered as an agnostic for about 20 years. But I've always been drawn deep inside to the intellectual or "deep" side of religion. You know; the really big questions asked throughout history: What is humanity? Who is God? The conceptual significance of religion has always fascinated me, even when I wasn't sure I believed in God. I did occasionally search around for answers to some of these questions from other faiths, including Buddhism, Hinduism, Catholicism, Protestantism and so on. I never found a full answer from them, but I did come away with a much greater respect for most all religion than I had before. I found that almost all religion helps people to be better (the "Golden Rule" for example). And when religion was used for evil in the world, it virtually never had anything to do with the teachings of that religious belief, but had everything to do with people who used the faith of others for their own selfish ends. I call this the "culture" and the "teachings" of a religion. The teachings of almost all faiths are beneficial. But the culture of religion? Not so much. That insight was invaluable to me when I eventually returned to the LDS Church. As I said, I had a poisonous impression of the LDS Church. But then I met a Mormon who was an exceptional example to me, to contrast with the bad examples I had seen as a child. She showed me that my impression of Mormons was utterly wrong and based on misconceptions and lies. I had never looked at the "teachings" before, only the "culture". So I finally investigated the LDS Church the same way I did the others. And I found the answers I was looking for.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by following as best as I can the teachings written in the Bible and the Book of Mormon. I also try to follow the good examples of the church's leaders when they explain how to better my life and how to help others. And I try my best to forgive those same leaders when they occasionally screw up and show the same human frailties that I have. My wandering through other faith's beliefs (as I mentioned above in the "Why I'm a Mormon" section) has helped me to understand that there is a huge difference between what is taught by God and what is practiced by man. Though we try our best to follow Him and his Son, Jesus Christ, we will always come short and fail to live up to His example. And so the very many things I see in the LDS Church (and other faiths) that I either disagree with or find to be wrong, I can now say that it is because of man's mistakes, not because God is unjust, arbitrary or fickle. I was able to find the intellectual and spiritual answers I needed in the LDS Church, and that is why I returned. And so I will try to continue to live my faith by being the best example to others that I can. Although I fail far too often. I want to show others that an intellectual can believe strongly in the LDS gospel. That intelligence/science and faith/religion need not be on opposite poles from each other. That all good things, and only good things come from God. And if you see evil created by any religion or faith leader, then you can rest assured that God is not condoning it. And that there is room for everyone under God's grace and protection. Everyone is welcomed by God, despite what some misguided people may say. Heaven is not just for the elect, the favored, or the right clique.