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Hi I'm James Schultz

I'm serving my country and my God, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a problem solver. I love puzzles, and all sorts of things that make me think. I like to let life take care of itself, and I hate doing the same thing over and over again. I think a lot about what others think about me, and that has been both a vice, and a great strength to me. I like to be surrounded with the best, both with people and possessions. I love learning, and sharing the things I know. Faith is hard for me, but I do have it. I am planning on a career in the Army, and I love America. I have a large collection of ties, and I love to wear them. Some people say I'm conceded, but I say, "No, I'm just being honest."

Why I am a Mormon

Being a Mormon has been an interesting experience for me, and a very long hard road for me to really want it. I was born into the church, and I loved it when I was little. Soon after we moved I started making friends with the wrong kind of people, and with all of the bad influences I started to fall away. I got myself into a lot of trouble, getting arrested, kicked out of school, I found myself sitting in front of my bishop talking about repentance. I half way changed at that point, but I didn't really want to, so I mostly just kept going down my destructive path, I wasn't as bad, but all that I had in my life was darkness. I wasn't happy. I got in an accident after my first semester of college, and that's when I realized that God existed, and I needed to shape up. He had warned me of the wreck, and I ignored Him. When I figured out that God existed I decided to serve a mission, because I felt it was what I needed to do. Still it didn't feel like my heart was in it. I changed a lot, and went on my mission, but on the inside I was still clinging onto what I wanted to do, and I was still unhappy. Recently, that's changed. I said a prayer in which I poured out my soul. I prayed for myself, and for someone that I deeply loved. As I did so, and as I was committed to doing anything to help them, I found myself repenting, and as I did it with a sincere heart I felt the Spirit rush over me. My testimony was strengthened, and now I know, that's why I'm Mormon.

How I live my faith

Currently I live my faith by serving as a missionary for the Church. Before I did that, I tried to volunteer for things whenever I could. I love helping people. I try to be a good example to those around me and make a distinct impression on those around me.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

James Schultz
Missionaries share the message of the Restoration of Christ's Church, how through the Plan of Salvation we can be with our families forever, and how we can follow Jesus Christ by recieving and following His Gospel. We invite others to come unto Christ, but we do no more than that, the choice to accept the invitation is left with those we teach. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

James Schultz
The best way to increase our faith in Jesus Christ is by following His example, and living by His teachings. 2 Nephi 31:10- "And [Christ] said unto the children of men: Follow thou me. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, can we follow Jesus save we shall be willing to keep the commandments of the Father?" In the Book of Mormon a prophet named Alma talks about faith and what we can do to strengthen it. He says to "arouse your faculties, even to an experiment upon my words, and exercise a particle of faith, yea, even if ye can no more than adesire to believe, let this desire work in you, even until ye believe in a manner that ye can give place for a portion of my words." -Alma 32:27. Likewise in John 7:17 it says "If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself." If we try out the teachings of Christ we will gain a testimony of their divinity, and our faith that Jesus Christ is the Son of God will grow. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

James Schultz
"For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God, yea the day of this life is the time for men to perform their labors." Alma 34:32 The purpose we have in this life is to prepare ourselves to meet God. We do that by proving to him that we are willing to obey his commandments, and are worthy to enter his presence. We develop faith, gain knowledge, and create families. We also have to perform certain "labors", such as baptism and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost. By doing these things we will be able to enter God's presence with a peace of mind, knowing that we are ready for the blessings of eternity. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

James Schultz
The First Vision marked the end of the Great Apostasy, when God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared to the young Joseph Smith in a grove of trees and led him to restore Christ's Church on the earth. It brought an end to the spiritual famine spoken of in Amos-"Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord: And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it." In Joseph Smith's own words he said, "I saw a pillar of light, exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me...when the light rested upon me I saw two personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other-This is my Beloved Son, hear Him." This experience shows to the world that God still loves, and still speaks to His children. Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

James Schultz
As you desire to learn more about the Church, or want to become a part of it, you can contact the missionaries. They will come to your home, or invite you to the home of Church members to teach you about the Church. Once they have taught you the basic principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and you develope a testimony of the truthfulness of their message you can be baptized by someone holding the priesthood. After you are baptized another priesthood holder lays his hands upon you head, pronouces you a member of the Church, and gives you the gift of the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

James Schultz
One of the best waysto come to know someone is by learning more about who they are and what they do. The way we learn about who God is and what he does is by reading the scriptures. We can also gain a testimony of the goodness of their works by trying them for ourselves. If we know that God does good things and He loves us, then we can draw closer to him by doing the things He has asked us, and loving others. As we strive to live according to God's teachings, found in the scriptures, He will bless us and we will know that He is there and we will grow to love Him. We can also talk to Him through prayer. Let Him know how we are feeling, what we need help with, ask questions. He is there. He wants to help. If we sincerely want to know Him, He will make himself known to us. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

James Schultz
"Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but that he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets."-Amos 3:7 Because of God's great love for us, His children, He has sent prophets to declare unto us the Gospel of Jesus Christ. His plan allows for each of us to return to His presence by obedience to the Gospel. How could He expect us to live by the Gospel, unless we had the Gospel? That is the purpose of prophets, to direct people back to God by giving them His word. God loves all of His children, not just the ones who lived anciently. He has again called prophets to guide us in our mortal journey here on earth, so one day we can return to live with Him. I know this to be true. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

James Schultz
The Atonement is one of the most important events that occured during the ministry of Jesus Christ on this earth. It was the time where He, as a sinless man, took upon Himself "the pains...the sicknesses...the sins of his people". Alma 7:11-13 This sacrifice of God's own son was necessary because "no unclean thing can enter into [God's] kingdom; therefore nothing entereth into His rest save it be those who have washed their garments in [Christ's] blood, because of their faith, and the repentance of all their sins, and their faithfulness unto the end." 3 Nephi 27:19 As we apply the Atonement to our lives, we have faith in Christ, are baptized and confirmed by priesthood authority, and continue faithful to the end, following His perfect example. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

James Schultz
There is a scripture in the Book of Mormon that say that we are saved by grace AFTER all we can do.(2 Nephi 25:23) Lots of people take this to mean that you work as hard as you can, and then Christ covers the rest. So they present it like a 90/10 relationship, where we do 10%, and Christ does 90%. Personally I think that is incorrect. I gave a talk in church where I was asked to speak on what happens when good plans don't work out, and as I studied on this topic this scripture took on new meaning for me. Its not so much that we do all that we can, and then he covers us, its we try as hard as we can, and because we are going to fail he does it for us. Through his sufferings he has already taken upon him ALL of our sins, infirmities, sicknesses, and so on, so that he can help us. He has already paid all of the price to return to live with God. All he asks of us is to follow him, and by so doing accept the gift that he is giving us. We can't take a gift without extending our arm to grab it, nor can we accept grace without doing what Christ has asked. The gift of grace is already there, we just have to take it. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

James Schultz
When most people think of the Word of Wisdom, they think of all the DON'Ts listed in the commandment. Things such as Coffee, Tea, Tobacco, Alcohol, and Illegal drugs that we should stay away from in order to help us stay healthy, and receptive to the Spirit. This law does tell us to avoid these things, but it also tells of of what we can partake of. Things like Meats, Grains, Fruits, and Vegetables are things that we can use, and are given to us by a loving Father in Heaven to help our bodies function. I know that following the Word of Wisdom has helped me a lot in my life, both physically, and spiritually. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

James Schultz
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (John 3:16-18) These scriptures in the Bible teach us that God loved us enough to send us His Son to save us if we believe in Him, by following His way. The reason we need a Savior is mentioned in V.18. Those who believe not in the Son of God are condemned already. Mankind is fallen, and have been since the Fall of Adam. As such we are sinful, and will all die eventually. Because we are sinful we cannot live with God, but must be cast off. No onw can return to heaven on their own accord, thats why Christ came to be our Savior, so that if we turn to Him, and live His Gospel we can be saved from our sins, and overcome the condemnation of the Fall. If we do not accept Christ we are not cleased, and our condemnation remains. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

James Schultz
Lets imagine that you were driving down the road and you saw flashing lights behind you. You pull over, and a man walks up to your window and gives you a ticket. You then realize that he is driving an ice cream truck, and is not a police officer. Would you honor the ticket? I wouldn't. The reason you wouldn't pay the ticket is because the driver of an ice cream truck has no authority to write tickets, or pull people over. The same is true with baptisms. If we have no authority, when we get to heaven to be judged our Heavenly Father will see that we had good intentions(flashing lights), but that we had no authority(ice cream truck). However God's authority is here, through the priesthood we can be baptized properly, and have our sins remitted in order to return to live with God. If we do it that way, He will honor the step we have taken to follow Him. Show more Show less