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Hi I'm James

I'm a wilderness survival expert. I play guitar. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm currently a college freshman, and I enjoy running, biking, and reading epic fantasy. I'm currently studying to become an electrical engineer, and I hope to later get an MBA. Usually you'll find me doing homework, but I still occasionally pull out my acoustic guitar and work through Spanish finger-picking exercises. Other than that, I am a champion spicy-food eater; I've won not one, but two habañero chicken-wing contests, and I love eating guacamole just the way my mama taught me to make it.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon thanks to my parents, but not because of my parents. I was born into a Mormon family, so I've been attending church since before I can remember. But it wasn't until I was a teenager that I made a serious study of the scriptures and prayed heavily to God for a spiritual witness that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was true, and was His Church. Then and throughout my life, as I have attempted to learn and practice the lessons taught by ancient and modern prophets, I have felt His Spirit in my heart affirming this truth. Our Father in Heaven wants us to come back to Him, and through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ, our pains, sins, and imperfections can be overcome. Though I'm not perfect, I know that with God's help, I can become better, and I can find happiness, so long as I do everything I can to improve. Ultimately, the simplest reason I try to remain faithful to the Lord is that He blesses me day to day, and hour to hour, with strength and comfort according to the faith and trust I put in Him.

How I live my faith

I serve in my ward by visiting assigned members homes on a regular basis. Myself and a companion usually try to find ways to serve them, and then share a scriptural lesson we'd learned recently. Our ward also hosts parties and activities, like ice-skating and talent shows, and organizes larger-scale service projects, like making blankets for charity. We meet weekly on Sunday to worship God and perform sacred ordinances, and generally hear prepared talks from members of the congregation.