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Hi I'm James

I have traveled the world in the military, and with my family have seen and experienced many wondrous things, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in California's Central Valley where I played football, baseball and ran track. I am an Eagle Scout and have been a scout leader my entire adult life. I competed in football and track at the collegiate level, and have enjoyed a career as an officer in the United States Air Force. I have deployed to the Middle East, learned a great deal about the Middle Eastern culture, and made some good friends from numerous countries. I enjoy just about everything outdoors--camping, fishing, hunting, hiking, canoeing, water sports, and photography. Now I enjoy spending quality time with my family supporting their sports and other activities. I have also coached many youth sports from football to soccer, baseball and softball. I have played the piano since I was seven years old, and yes, I thank my mother for not allowing me to quit. I have since learned how to play the guitar and harmonica. I also enjoy painting and wood-burning pictures utilizing the sun and a magnifying glass. I am also an avid reader, primarily enjoying old Westerns. So far life has been pretty good to me, despite its occasional ups and downs.

Why I am a Mormon

I was fortunate enough to have been born into a family that was members of the LDS Church. While it offers many potential advantages, especially being taught and building a testimony at a young age, I learned nevertheless that like everyone who comes in contact with the gospel, I still had to gain for myself a personal testimony of the Book of Mormon, the restoration of the gospel by the prophet Joseph Smith, and the power of Christ's atonement in my life. For many years I had questions, and felt like I knew the answers in my head, but it took a while to finally feel it within my heart...to gain that witness of the truth. Once I finally received that witness, I truly was converted to the gospel. As such, in reality, we are ALL converts to the gospel of Jesus Christ, no matter what circumstances lead us into contact with the church.

How I live my faith

I have always worked with the youth group at church. I have held many positions in the Boy Scouts of America, and the church's young men's group--always striving to set a strong personal example and by teaching gospel principles. I have also been a youth sports coach in my community, primarily coaching my children, but using it as an opportunity to teach other children. In this way I have had opportunities to share the gospel among others, most who have simply observed me living my standards and inquiring whence they came. Once people know you are Mormon, they watch you closely, and the watch you constantly. As it has been said, you may be the only standard work someone ever reads.