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Hi I'm James

I love Korean food, I dissect cadavers, I'm a soon-to-be father, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I graduated with a B.S. in Physiology and Developmental Biology and am hoping to go to medical school. I love to play basketball and play the piano. I have a son who will be born sometime in early April 2012. I am very interested in humanitarian service. I spent some time in Zambia, Africa working with habitat for humanity and other organizations. I met so many amazing people there. It made me realize how truly blessed I was and it made me wish I had a greater capacity to contribute to and meet the many needs there. It was then I discovered a passion for global health. I hope to go to medical school and also earn a Masters of Public Health so I can eventually make a difference. It probably sounds more noble than it really is but that's my dream in a nutshell.

Why I am a Mormon

Explaining why I'm a Mormon in 2,000 characters is a daunting task. I grew up in a family that attended LDS services regularly. I didn't always love to go and I didn't always enjoy three hours of church on Sunday but I was pretty active in the church until I reached high school. As I learned more about the world and philosophy I began to doubt the things I had just kind of believed and accepted as a child. I started to learn more and more about other religions and I read some of the writings of prominent philosophers like Descartes and David Hume. By my senior year in high school not only had I pretty much given up on being able to believe in the doctrines of the church, but I wasn't really sure of anything. The one thing I decided I could believe was that the perception of myself existed. I received a scholarship to attend university and attended at a place where I was surrounded by many of my LDS friends. As I approached missionary age (worthy and willing men in the church can serve missions at the age of 19 if they choose to... women at age 21) and many of my friends decided to serve missions I remained. Although I appreciated the church, what I'd learned, and the friends I made, I felt that I could not be an honest advocate of the church if I didn't believe what it taught.

How I live my faith

I a currently the first counselor in the bishopric of our congregation. I spend a lot of time in administrative meetings but also have the privilege to get to know each person in the congregation and help plan meetings and assist the bishop in meeting temporal and spiritual needs of the members of the congregation. This calling has been a lot of work, but very rewarding. Other than serving in my church responsibilities, I try to live my faith by acting and reacting in life in a way the would please Jesus Christ. I do not always succeed, but I find that I am happiest when I strive to keep the two great commandments given by Jesus in the New Testament: love the Lord my God and love my neighbors as myself.