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Hi I'm James

I grew up on a tree farm in Corvallis, Oregon. I lived in Micronesia for two years. I'm a Public Relations major at BYU.

About Me

I'm a college student studying Public Relations at BYU. Although I don't really play the part, I'm a farm boy that grew up about half-an-hour outside of Corvallis, Oregon. I love a number of activities. I love soccer, football, rugby, basketball, ultimate frisbee, snowboarding, and am currently fixing a surf board up for when I get back home because I love the beach. I've traveled a fair amount and love it. I've been to Canada, Mexico, Denmark, Sweden, and Australia. I lived in Micronesia on the islands of Pohnpei and Saipan for two years and loved the islands, language, and culture associated with living there. I often daydream about living in Hawaii.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was in my freshman/sophomore years of high school, I was having a hard time. I wasn't sure how much I believed in God and was having a hard time with school and knowing who I wanted as friends. As summer hit after my sophomore year, I went to a camp called Outdoor Youth Adventures, which was a week long camping activity up in Badger Creek, Idaho. I decided that I would put a lot of effort into finding out what I believed in as it would allow me some space from my parents and normal lifestyle. As I went through that camp, I felt happier than I had ever been before. As I left that camp, I knew that God was real and that he would take care of me as long as I made the right decisions and tried to follow the example of his Son, Jesus Christ. I felt that this church was the way to do just that: Make right decisions. It isn't that that was the end of my troubles, but I was much more confident in my decisions and in going out and finding the lifestyle I wanted to live. I continue to follow the principles taught by Christ and the prophets because they have never lead me astray.

How I live my faith

Besides the normal activities of going to church and going to some activities, I look for daily opportunities to help people out that I run into, which pretty much happens daily. In my ward, I currently serve as a Emergency Preparedness Council member, which basically consists of preparing the ward for a major disaster and learning about triage.