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Hi I'm James

I am a husband. I'm a father. I am a Mormon

About Me

I'm a married father of three. I work at a local college fixing the stuff the students break. I play guitar and am involved in my son's Scout pack.

Why I am a Mormon

I was brought up baptist by my family, my grandparents mostly, my parents were not very religious. I lived through the era of "tele-vangilist" scandals and pretty much lost any faith I had in religion. I had many struggles though out my late teen and early adult years. When my daughter was about 2 she had to have surgery to repair a ruptured eardrum, put tubes in her ears, remove tonsils and adnoids. She is my first child and I was scared to death. They had to keep her over night in the hospital and it was killing me inside to see her in pain and to be so helpless to comfort her. I prayed, truely prayed to God to show me the way. I wanted guidence to be a better father and person. The spectre of losing my daughter had me terrified. That night I had a dream or vision, call it what you will. In it God the Father and Christ came to me and said that all that I had much to learn from two prophets, Nephi and Moroni. I was familiar with the bible and neither name rang a bell so I Googled those names and it led me to the LDS Church. I was baptized not long after. The improvements to my life have been wonderful. It has given me a sense of purpose and belonging to a huge family that I never new existed. I've learned that my family can be together forever and that true fulfillment comes when serving others. I don't know if I would have made it this far in life without my faith. I thank Heavenly Father everyday for sending me his truth and his light.

How I live my faith

I am active in my son's Scout pack. It is pretty small, three boys, but I think that makes it even better. The Boy Scout troop is much larger and get's less done so I think the smaller group makes it better. We like fishing, playing ball, hiking, etc. As often as I am able I go home teaching with my buddy Jerry. I work on Sundays at night so it can be tough. There is no more rewarding thing than to teach members something that you know or to help others in need. I believe it was Joseph Smith that said "To be in service to your fellow man is to be in the service of your God."

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

James
No. It's not required. I feel that our lives are a type of mission though. We are here to help our fellow man in some capacity, be it through an official "mission" or just in everday life. We feel it is a privilege to serve and show others the love the Lord and we bear them. Show more Show less