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Hi I'm James.

I'm from Arizona. I love the outdoors. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small town in Arizona. Because of that I love the outdoors. I love hiking, fishing, hunting, camping and pretty much anything that requires me to be outside. As well as being outside I love to read, mostly fiction, but anytime the weather outside is too hot or cold to tolerate I love getting a good book and loosing myself in the authors story. Both of my parents work in the medical field and it has given me a love of helping and healing others. I hope to some day become a doctor. I am currently a sophomore in college studying Physiology and Developmental Biology.

Why I am a Mormon

My story isn't magnificent as some you might find in the scriptures, but it is precious to me. As a child I really lived off of my parents beliefs, but around my high school years it wasn't enough. I had many friends that questioned my faith. It came to a point that even though I defended the church most passionately I wondered to myself if it all really was true. I knew that the church was good, I knew that what they taught was helpful to living a good life, but I really did not know if it was inspired. I did not know if it was the restored church. All throughout my childhood in the church they taught us that The Book of Mormon was the keystone to our faith. All that we believe, know, teach, and preach can be tested through this book. If Joseph Smith truly was a Prophet of God, if he really talked with Our Heavenly Father then this book must be true. Only a man called of God could bring about such a marvelous work. So I decided that if I wanted to know if Joseph Smith was a Prophet and that he did in fact restore the Church of Jesus Christ then I had to read and ask Heavenly Father for myself. I made a commitment to do so. I began to read every day and ask in prayer if what I was reading was true. After a few weeks I felt that I should have received an answer, but did not feel as if I had. I began to ponder, not just casually think, but really ponder everything I was going through. I began to realize a few things. I realized that the last weeks of my life, since taking on the commitment to read and pray, were some of the best of my life. During those weeks I was a different person. I was happier, more patient, friendlier, and overall just a better person. I realized that during that time I found things, that previously were challenging to me, to be simple. Realizing this I recognized that it was the Holy Ghost in my life. This was Heavenly Fathers answer to me. Only a true book could invite such a change in my life. I know and testify that this is true.

How I live my faith

Living the Gospel, or being a Mormon, really is not easy, but it makes all the difference. Each day i strive to live the covenants and promises that I have made with my Heavenly Father. I pray and study the scriptures daily. I attend my church meetings and do all I can to serve those around me. I act when i see those around me in need and when I do not see people in need I seek opportunities to help. I said it is not easy being Mormon, but it is worth it. I am who I am because of the great things that I learn at church and strive to apply to my life. Everything great in my life, everything wonderful that I have accomplished is thanks to my testimony of The Book of Mormon and living my Faith.