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Hi I'm James

I grew up in Africa, live in England. I am an IT professional, a husband & father of 4, and a Latter Day Saint.

About Me

I am the oldest of 6 children and have had a somewhat nomadic childhood / teenage life where I lived at 9 different homes across 2 continents (Africa and England). Mainly down to an expanding family and promptings to return to land of our forefathers (England). I enjoy film/cinema and love a night in to watch something either as a couple or as a family. Other interests include reading (especially Terry Prachett - Disc World novels), astonomy, and finances / accounting. My main love in married life is my wife's cooking and baking... she is a master of Key Lime Pie (a missionary favourite too), Banana Bread, Trifles, Peanut Butter Cookies, Flapjacks, and is always experimenting with cakes. She makes great Roast Dinners too (special gravy recipe to die for). Our latest joint effort is following YouTube instructions from 'Nickos Fast Food Friday' clips on how to make popular fast food dishes at home! I love to travel and have been to Canda, Utah (twice), California (several times), Spain (twice), and Australia and have dreams of going to far off places like Peru, New Zealand, South Korea, and Thailand... actually anywhere hot. As part of working for BT I have got to go to France, Northern Ireland (several times), as well as all over the UK including Ipswich, Colchester, London, Exeter, Southampton, Swansea, Cardiff, Coventry, Birmingham, Sheffield and Newcastle.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints because I received at age 8, a personal witness of the spirit when I was baptised - I felt warm all over & knew that what I had done was right & true. My parents were converts to the church in South Africa when I was 4 & I remember as a young child visiting other churches. The missionaries had a profound effect & one of the missionaries that taught my famly (Elder Judd) left me with his missionary badge that acted as catalyst from a very young age to be a missionary myself. My conversion and faith increased as I read the Book of Mormon & grew up with the Priesthood in my parents home - blessings for school, comfort & guidance, and healing. I remember always wanting to have a blessing when I was sick rather than wanting medicine & then seeing the Lord work miracles. Serving in the California Riverside Mission was also a defining period, fulfilling the years of preparation in seeing many of Heavenly Father's children accept the gospel. The pinnacle of service was seeing people remain faithful, attend the temple & serve missions. I am active in the gospel because I have been blessed to understand the doctrine & have recieved a witness. The God I know is not partial and without body, parts, or passion; but is a God of love, mercy, wisdom, power, and justice. I know He lives, He is real. I have come to know our Heavenly Father through prayer and service, “when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God” (Mosiah 2 v 17). I know He loves me and answers my prayers. The words of Alma also describe how I feel, “I do know that whosoever shall put their trust in God shall be supported in their trials, and their troubles, and their afflictions, and shall be lifted up at the last day” (Alma 36 v 3). C.S.Lewis best describes my feelings about Christ, “I believe in Christ as I believe in the son at noon day, not that I can see it, but by it I can see everything else!”

How I live my faith

I have a real belief and faith in Jesus Christ & God - I believe each of us are children of our Heavenly Father and that each of us have gifts and talents as part of a divine mission & purpose to help ourselves, our families & others return to our Heavenly home. I try to live such that I share these gifts and talents to help others. Knowing that there is a God and that he can provide comfort and protection has brought happiness and peace to my life and my family. I believe that we can live together with our families for eternity after we die. It is a reassurance that relationships don't end after this life too - one of the most profound experiences was a close friend who died age 17. While not seeing her in this life has been sad, the peace came as I felt the Saviour's love and reassurace that her life was not wasted because she found the gospel, got baptised & accepted the Saviour before she died. On a day to day basis, I try my best to live up to the promises and covenants I have made with the Lord. Some of the ways I do this is my standing up for what I believe, talking to others about my faith, and reaching out to others through service, helping hands (service in the community) and home teaching. Within my home, we have got into the habit of family home evening which provides opportunity to reflect on the messages & stories from church leaders & members that inspire faith. My work career and roles have on several occaisions come about directly from living my faith e.g. my initial inteview by my current employer centred almost entirely around my missionary experiences; and my most recent role came about for standing up for what I believe 9 mths earlier 'to reverence the name of Saviour' with a senior manager. These experiences have reaffirmed how important it is to be an example of the believer. One other really important aspect has been to never work or shop on the Sabbath day & to faithfully attend church as an expression of my commitment to God.