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Hi I'm James

I unicycle, play the ukulele, build Legos, and sing. I'm a major nerd, a geek, a bookworm, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love watching movies and reading books, immersing myself in a good fantasy. I prefer action and adventure, but I'll enjoy anything that really draws me in. If I were to write a list of all my favorite books and movies it would be far too long and boring (you didn't come here for book reccomendations!) so I'll restrain myself somewhat. Favorite books: Harry Potter, Artemis Fowl, Eragon (Dragons are awesome!!!!). Favortie movies: Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Tron Legacy, and anything Disney. I'm very musical, and unusual instruments are something of a hobby for me. I play an electric ukulele (yes, they actually exist) and love it. I also play the piano, the violin (somewhat), and the ocarina. When I listen to or play music, it's all about the feel. I believe the Holy Spirit can speak to us through music. Some of my favorite music styles are soundtrack, country, and trance and some of my favorite artists are Fox Amoore, John Williams, Hanz Zimmer, Animusic, Weird Al, and many others. I'm a huge nerd. However, I'm a very unique nerd and my nerddom is a mix of so many random aspects I'm amazed I don't just explode. I'm part sci-fi geek, part steampunk, part dragon lover/fantasy enthusiast, part bookworm, BIG part Lego geek, unicycle enthusiast, and many more. Most importantly, I'm a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in this faith but I've had my struggles. I've wondered whether this church is true or not and prayed to know. I've gotten my answer and I truly know that the Lord speaks to prophets today and guides this church. We live in a time when the moral compass of the world is straying far from true north. It is hard to live a virtuous life but I know that it is possible and that it is through the teachings of Jesus Christ that we can be the most happy. I'm a Mormon because over and over I've felt the promptings of the Holy Spirit and I've known that this is the way God wants me to live.

How I live my faith

Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints isn't just an outward thing, I have made it an integral part of who I am. I live my faith in how I act at all times, doing my best to follow the example Jesus Christ set for us. I know I'm not perfect, or even anywhere close to perfect for that matter, but I try to live how He would want me to live. And that's the important part. I believe that God doesn't require us to be perfect, at least not yet. As long as we're moving in the right direction and doing our best to act as the Savior would, we can know that God is pleased with our actions. Right now I'm serving my mission in San Diego, California and it has been a very eye-opening experience for me. I've gained a view of the world that I never would have gotten otherwise. And I've grown in love for all of God's children around me.

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

James
The real name of our church is "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints". We've been given the nickname "Mormons" because we believe in the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon is a volume of holy scripture, written by prophets who lived in America and covering a timeframe of about 600BC to 400AD, that stands with the bible as another witness of Jesus Christ. "LDS" would be a more appropriate shortened name for our church but most people know us as Mormons because it is more commonly used. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

James
Imagine this: You are driving down a road, going faster than the speed limit. An ice cream truck pulls you over and tries to give you a ticket for speeding. Do you accept it? Of course not! However, if in the same circumstance a policeman was the one to give you the ticket you would listen to him. Why? He has the authority to enforce the law. An ice cream truck guy doesn't. Authority is necessary to make sure certain acts are valid. God works in a very similar way, and you must have authority (known as the Priesthood) in order for acts such as baptism to be valid. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

James
Yes, absolutely yes. We love the bible and study it often. The Savior's teachings are found throughout the Old and New Testaments, through His word directly and through the words of His prophets. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

James
The Priesthood is a portion of God's power delegated to man on earth. It is the authority to act in his name. The Priesthood is necessary for certain acts such as baptism to be valid. A man who holds the priesthood can also give blessings to those who are sick or otherwise in need. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

James
Being a Mormon is AWESOME! No, seriously, it really is. As a Mormon, I choose to live by high moral standards and that keeps me free from the guilt that a serious bad choice could leave me with. In the Book of Mormon, we are told "men are that they might have joy" and I have seen this fulfilled in my life so very often. Being a Mormon has helped me find joy in my life. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

James
Serving a mission is a very big sacrifice because we not only give of our time but our money as well to serve. We are not paid to serve a mission, we pay to serve. And yet it is worth everything we give up and more. On a mission we gain experience and learn things that it would be hard to learn otherwise. And the opportunity to help people improve the quality of their life and of their faith is priceless. Show more Show less