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Hi I'm James Jones

I served 8 years in the U.S. Navy and have traveled most of my life and experienced many aspects of life. I'm a Latter-Day Saint.

About Me

Hi I'm James. I am separated, have a college student daughter, and a college student myself. I enjoy meeting and helping people. I was somewhat lost and didn't understand why life had so many ups and downs, and I probably wouldn't know now if I had not asked of God. I relocated to Arizona from Virginia, via greyhound bus, and for the second time had the opportunity to see some countryside. During part of my journey, somewhere between New Mexico and Arizona, just as dusk was settling, the bus rounded this hill and as I was waking I saw this view: only three clouds,ringlike, side by side and as the sun shone upon them they resembled halos, with the mountains in the background. I knew I was headed in the right direction. Once I arrived I asked my mother about a particular church I saw and she told me it was Latter-Day Saints (Mormon). I knew very little about it and didn't realize that one day I would become a member. I thought about other churchs, but wasn't quite sure I wanted to visit them; I didn't feel comfortable. Some years ago I made a covenant with God that I would do all that I could to help people know the gospel. I've been here and there, done this and that, and I once slept in a vehicle during the dead of winter and my feet froze. Little did I know that I was being prepped. I've spent time in jail, became closer to my spirit and had some difficulty in getting baptized, but it soon happened. I was baptized 20 August 2012 about 6 months after joining the church.

Why I am a Mormon

While I've been a member of a baptist church, attended protestant services, and later became a member of a pentecostal church I was somewhat comfortable, but there was something missing. Approximately 8 years ago I began wondering, why are we here; there must be something more to this existence besides going to work and simply just surviving. Surviving for what? Only to become deceased someday, and to what purpose. The answer to this question was finally revealed. While walking to the store one evening I heard the missionaries, on bicycles, approaching from behind and I received the greet, " good evening, we are from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and would you like to hear more of the gospel. I recall thinking, I don't want to here this, but before I took another step my spirit spoke for me, " sure why not." We talked about 40 minutes, they came over the next day and gave a lesson, and I was ready to be baptized the next day. The lesson was about the restored gospel, and what persuaded me to convert was that my question was answered, why we are here; because we of our spiritual existence wanted to be more like God and Jesus. In order to be of such, God had a plan of salvation and we were all given bodies so that we may know how, and hopefully, to become and remain righteous and, eventually we could return to the spiritual kingdom. I've asked other people of different religions the same question and the answers I receive is that God wanted a family. This sounds too incomplete; why did we have to be 'here' in order for God to have a family? I believe that we were already a family! Acquire or receive The Book of Mormon and learn more of how and why LDS (Mormons) live such wonderful lives, and why we want to live by the true gospel.

How I live my faith

I read The Book of Mormon, have lessons/study scripture with the missionaries, regularly attend the Mission President's firesides, and after about 2 years of attending sacrement meetings (church services), I've received a calling to preside at gospel principles class. I occassionally give copies of The Book of Mormon so that others may know and understand the gospel; I believe that we all shall return home to God's heavenly kingdom. I constantly seek knowledge and inspiration into the fullness of the true gospel and I welcome the opportunities to perform service to others, as set forth by the examples of Jesus. I have a testimony that I know that Jesus died for us and that the atonement is true. I know this church is true and all that I read from The Book of Mormon are true; I have and have had the same thoughts about things that are written in this book. Simply put, it informs us of how to live righteously so that we can return to heaven. I carried a particular tune in my head for many years and could never put all the words to it until I became a member of this church, and actually had it performed at my baptism. How wonderful is this gospel? A member, from a different ward, asked, " how did I know to accept baptism?" I thought a moment and could only answer, I didn't know, but spiritually I did and told her about meeting the missionaries that particular evening. For me, it sort of just happened, because I asked of God to come into my life and help me to know the truth. I now have no worries in this life because of the atonement, I am happy spiritually when our spirits meet and are joined, and I've learned that the only thing that really matters is that we do as God has told us and that we follow the examples of Jesus.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

James Jones
I agree with the church's answer 100%. For what other reason possible do we exist on earth? To live, learn the gospel, repent, be baptized into righteousness, receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, and be true to Faith, then return to God's kingdom; our heavenly home and spiritual existence. Show more Show less