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Hi I'm James Richard Luna

I was born and raised in the sunshine state of California. I'm competitive gamer. I am journalist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have spent my entire life in California. At an early age I became very interested in video games and have literally been playing them since I was 2 years old. Since then, I have continued to play and have taken a great interest in the industry. Along with that, I have also taken a great interest in anime, Japanese and Japanese culture, along with many other things. My passion for Asian culture has led me to study it during my years in university along with studying Japanese for 2 years in uni as well. Music has also been a huge part of my life. I began playing saxaphone during primary school and continued throughout jr/ high school. I particpated in jazz ensembles, field band, parade band, and concert ensembles. But what I have loved about gaming, music, and technology is how it enables people to connect. Through each of these mediums, it has enabled me to be able to connect to many individuals which I may not have otherwise. This passion for all this is what led me to study journalism in university. I am attending a university in California and originally entered as an art major, but since, have changed majors to journalism. I find it extremely rewarding and yet another way for me to paint pictures for people, just using words instead. I hope to be a journalist for the gaming industry and help push this industry to the potential that I know it has. I want to connect more and more people. I want to paint pictures with my words. I want to expand the horizon.

Why I am a Mormon

While I grew up in the church, I definitely had a different experience than most members had. My dad wasn't a member when my parents got married, so when it came time for my brother and I to start attending primary, it was extremely difficult. My dad wouldn't come to church and my mom was not able to handle two little boys by herself. For a long time, my dad would avoid missionaries or anything of the sort. When they came over, he would always leave the room. When I turned 8 years old, it came time for me to be baptized. I took the missionary lessons, since I didn't really have enough knowledge from regular church attendance. It was 2 years later when my dad finally made the decision that ultimately changed our families life. After a German missionary began to get my dad interseted in the church, he made the decision to be baptized on one stormy night. Since then, we have enjoyed many of the blessings which being a member has entitled us to. We have been able to be sealed together for time and all eternity. My family has grown together in the gospel and is so strong now thanks to it. The love I feel in my home and from my family brings me to tears when I think about it. I am a Mormon because I know with every fiber of my being that this church is true. Thanks to this church and the gospel of Christ, mine and my families' lives have quite literally been saved. Being a member, I feel like I have direction in my life. I am no longer simply wandering along in life, traversing all kinds of roads hoping to find the right one. I know the path I travel now is the right one, and it's one that will take me back to my father in heaven. It's one that will not only bring me happiness while I live here on Earth, but eternally as well.

How I live my faith

Currently, I am serving as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. It was a decision that was a long time in the making. I did not always want to be in missionary service for the church and I decided not to go on my "mission" for quite some time. Although, I had some very near and dear experiences in my life which helped shape my so called "destiny". I made the decision to come on my mission. To leave behind my home, hobbies, family, girlfriend, and everything which seemed to fill my nights and days. All I brought with me was a suitcase full of clothing and other essentials, my scriptures, and a firm desire to serve. I have been priviledged to spend the last year traveling between Scotland and Ireland, teaching all sorts of people about Jesus Christ and His church and about God and His plan for them. My experiences vary widely. Many times have I been challenged physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. There have been moments in which it would have been very easy to throw in the towel and decide to return home. But, in honesty, I can hardly recall these experiences and I mostly recall the good ones. While it has been difficult and challenges have arose, I have felt a sweet satisfaction as I have been able to teach people what I know. As I am able to testify that Jesus Christ lives and is our Savior. As I have been able to share with people that families can be together forever. It has made every door slammed in my face, every ill word spoken to me, and every time someone hassles us worth it. I have learned to love everyone. We chap doors, we talk to people on the street, and we proclaim every where that God lives! That Jesus Christ is our Savior and that His church has been restored. I live by serving the Lord to the best of my abilities and I know that He will help me become who I have the potential to be.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

James Richard Luna
Nope! All Mormons are not required to serve a mission. I was one of those, of whom, for quite some time didn't want to. But, I was always left the option and the choice was mine. We are strongly encouraged to serve missions though. Our prophets teach us tha every worthy young man should prepare to serve a mission. I feel that it is a way to pay back God for all that He has given us and the opportunity to have the gospel in our lives. While I didn't want to serve a mission before, I am so glad that I am currently serving a mission and so many blessings have come from my missionary service and I am so grateful for it! Show more Show less