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Hi I'm James

I am a nursing student. I love my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a full time student, striving to learn the art of Nursing - a field where I can be totally involved in science and still seek to help and comfort others. When I am not at school, I am with my wife. I find a new piece of my heart everyday as I find another reason to love her. Some days it is harder than others, but I know that God fully backs my desire to provide for my family and love my wife. When I'm not at school or with my family, I am on my bike. My Dad's '93 Cannondale still gets me around on my daily +/- 20 mi. commute. I love seeing God's country whiz past me as I ride! I get to volunteer at a bicycle collective that fixes up donated bikes and sends them out into the community into homes in need. For two years of my life, I was a representative of Jesus Christ as a full time missionary in South Dakota, Wyoming, and Brasil. I found lovely people everywhere I went who really wanted to serve the Lord. I also met those who can either given up hope on changing their habits, in broken families, or under heavy financial burdens. Though there are many programs, therapists, and get-rich-quick schemes...none of these compare to what Christ can do. I find that I did not gain a perfect understanding of His plan nor a perfect relationship with Him right when first tried to get closer to Him. Like our relationships here on earth, we need to give our time, thought, and heart to Him to really develop a strong bond. I am grateful for the examples in my life that help me do that.

Why I am a Mormon

I used to just attend church because it was the thing to do: parents expected me to, and friends were there. When I was about 16, I was hoping that there was actually more to life than what was right in front of me and what appeared to be in my future. I started to pursue (with more intensity) the three things that will help anyone find out if this church is true: attend church, read the scriptures, and pray. As I studied more and more, I found out that this church makes sense! I know that Joseph Smith was a true prophet like Noah, Moses, or Jonah. He translated the Book of Mormon - which truly contains God's word. It does not overtake the Bible, but goes hand in hand with it; being the other witness that Matthew 18 talks about. "In the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established." God has not left us in the dust. We have always been able to receive personal revelation through prayer, but thanks to the gospel of Jesus Christ being restored to its fullness, we have a prophet today, Thomas Monson, who is authorized to receive revelation from God for the world today. It makes sense that families can be together forever. With the same sealing power that Melchizedek had, those with the proper authority can seal families together so that no matter what, we can be with them in heaven. However, even if it makes sense, spiritual truth can only be found by the spirit - I had to be converted. God answered my prayers to know that this church is true by filling me with his love and comfort when I asked Him. He answers my prayers when I listen to the words of my church's leaders and feel the spirit they carry. He answers my prayers when I see the small miracles he puts into my life each day

How I live my faith

I try to be a disciple of Christ not just on Sundays, but everyday. Although I'm not perfect, I strive for praying every time I awake and go to bed; I try to read the scriptures everyday so I can learn more about God, Jesus, and their will so I can strengthen my relationship with them. I believe that praying is how we talk to Them and reading Their scriptures is how They talk to us. When I was in high school, I would get up and have scripture study with my friends every school day at 6:00 AM. Now that I'm out of school, I meet with other members on Thursday evenings to discuss scripture and learn together. Every Sunday, I get the opportunity to attend church and partake of the sacrament/communion (my favorite part). The congregation either gets to share our testimonies to each other or listen to various speakers. Then, (my second favorite) I get to teach my little brother's Sunday school class. I love being able to help teach God's children - even if the nine-year-olds can get a little energetic. Afterwards, all the guys get together and study the teachings of a modern day prophet. I'm so excited to be serving God's children in the Vitoria, Brasil area! I look forward to these next two years being full of merciful miracles and experiences that I can draw from for the rest of my life. I'm always trying to be more worthy of our Heavenly Father's spirit so that I can be a better example of our Savior and be able to profess my faith with more power.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

James
The atonement of Jesus Christ means that there is somebody who's walked in your shoes. Our brother, savior, and King has suffered all your let-downs, hardships, and trials for you - personally. He has already wallowed through our physical, emotional, and spiritual pains so that He would know how to perfectly succor you in your weakest, hardest, and darkest moments. He went through it so that you could rise above it - you just need to accept him as your savior. Jesus, having a mortal body and the will and power of God meant that he could break the bonds of death. He gave his life because he alone could take it up again. As we read in the bible, people under the law of Moses were commanded to make a burnt offering (animal sacrifice) for their sins - this is a type of Jesus Christ's sacrifice. He was, is, and will forever be the penultimate sacrifice for our sins. We're mortals - we will sin, however no unclean thing can be in the presence of our Heavenly Father. This is where Jesus Christ steps in. Since he lived a perfect life, being spotless before God, he could take upon himself all our sins. He already has done this, so when we find out for ourselves that God is our Father and Jesus is our savior, we just need to accept him as such and as the prophets said, "He shall see the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied." (Isaiah 53:11) Show more Show less