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Hi I'm James Griffith

I love the outdoors. I love people. I work for a wilderness therapy program. I love exploring diverse cultures. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love having new experiences in life. I enjoy stepping outside of my comfort zone, even if it is uncomfortable at times, because I know it will be help me grow as person. I've had a variety of jobs in my short time here on this earth from cadet at the US Air Force Academy, to a prison guard, to currently a TrailWalker at the ANASAZI Foundation. I have discovered having healthy relationships is one of the keys to my happiness. I have a passion and love for the outdoors and this is reflected in my current job and the degree I am trying to obtain, Geography. I have loved Geography ever since my dad took me on a road trip across the United States when I was eight years old, and proclaimed me THE navigator for the trip. It was the first time in my life I had ever been given this uttermost responsibility and I took it seriously. I opened the map and quickly discovered how much of the world I had been missing out on. I realized the world was much more than just my little neighborhood street or my small town of 40,000 people. I quickly fell in love with the idea of far away places and it is now a yearly goal of mine to visit a new country once a year.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because of the hope, peace, and joy it brings into my life. There is no greater joy obtained in this life than that of the full understanding of how much our Savior and Heavenly Father truly love us and how badly they want ALL of us to return. I have not always been a Mormon. Although I was raised as such, at the age of nineteen I decided that I no longer wished to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I had my name removed from the records of the church out of a feeling of misplaced guilt and anger. Little did I realize the path my life would take over the next five years of my life as I tried to find my way through this mortal journey, on my own. As hard as I tried, I could never obtain the peace and happiness that I was certain existed outside the fellowship of the Church. I turned to all the things in life that grant us an artificial and temporary happiness, but everlasting sorrow. My relationship with my family and friends had deteriorated to a point of bitterness and isolation. In my darkest hours, I no longer wished to live on this earth. Miraculously, through the tender mercies of the Lord, I found my way back to the Church. Through the love, kindness, and patience of those beloved souls around me, I was able to return to Him. I realized the Lord had never left me. He had never withdrawn his loving hand of mercy and salvation. He was always waiting there patiently, behind a door that only I had the key to. And it was me who had to open that door to fully partake of His love and grace. Rejoining The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has brought me more peace and joy than I could have ever comprehended. It has given me hope for a brighter future, with knowledge that someday, I can return to Him with my family, eternally. I love Jesus Christ with all my heart and desire every day to become more like Him. He is my Master and my Redeemer. He is the reason for our very existence.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to follow Jesus Christ's example. I am not perfect, by any means, but I try to live the way He lived his life. In Matthew 25:40 it reads, "And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." Every human being on the face of this planet has worth. Every child of God has infinite worth and a seed of greatness. EVERY. I try to live my faith by seeing that seed of greatness in all of God's children and honoring them for it. I try to live my life in such a way that God's light can somehow testify to those around me, of His love for them. For he truly loves us all.