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Hi I'm James Huber

I'm a died in the wool, true blue, through and through, Mormon.

About Me

I am a classic, typical Mormon. I am from Utah, and come from a larger family. I am right in the middle of my family, and I love it. My family is the greatest thing in my life and I love spending time with all of them. Along with the majority of humans in existence I enjoy being active. I enjoy playing pretty much any sport or any sort of physical activity, but my favorite is Ultimate Frisbee. Like any person I like music. I love listening to it and creating it. Sometimes I am even a proud participant of off key singing. I am very similar to a lot of people in this world, however UNLIKE most people these days I do not claim to be spontaneous at all. I really enjoy planning things out. I am pretty predictable and not very surprising, if it is logical then I will probably be doing it. That is one reason why I am a mormon (it is the only logical option, if you are going to believe in God). Currently I am serving as a full time missionary in Tampa, Florida and loving it! I love helping people understand more about their Savior, Jesus Christ, and the plan He has for each of them. As I teach I learn more myself, and I am growing so much as a missionary in Tampa Florida (the best mission in the world). After my mission I plan to follow the mainstream and further my education at a university, where I am not sure yet, as well as what to study.

Why I am a Mormon

The gospel means everything to me. I have chosen to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints, because I know that it is the true church. It provides so much direction, peace, and hope. I know who I am, why I'm here, and what the future holds for me because of the truths of the gospel that I have learned. I know that the Book of Mormon is a true book and that it is the word of God. The knowledge that I have recieved from it is priceless, and I can't wait to share it with others, and I would invite everyone to read it, or start reading it again.

How I live my faith

I live my faith, first by reading my scriptures and praying every day. In some ways I think this is the most important thing I do, because it is one-on-one time between me and the Lord. Currently I am living my faith by serving as a full time missionary for the church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints. I have the wonderful opportunity to share with other people the things that mean everything to me, and make my life truly wonderful. I get to live and teach in the Tampa Florida area until June 2015, and I am loving every second of it. I live my faith by striving to follow all of God's commandments and repenting when I mess up. I try to follow the Savior's example and serve others, but I still need to get a lot better at doing so.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

James Huber
We don't have a paid clergy, because that is how the Lord operates. Jesus Christ did not come to earth seeking the accolades of men, but came to serve all men. As disciples of Christ we are commisioned to follow him, and as part of that we willingly give our time to serve in positions in our church without receiving pay. Although we don't receive money for our service in the church, we do receive other blessings. Often times it is when you are called to do something that you learn the most, so it is a way for us to learn and progress and become closer to Jesus Christ by serving in different positions in the church. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

James Huber
We perform baptisms for the dead because God is a God of order, but also a God of mercy. Being a God of order it is needful that all of His children follow His commandments, one of which is baptism, which is essential to the salvation of all who have lived on earth. With this though, comes a necessity that this ordinance is performed with the proper authority- in order with the way God established it. Because God is also a God of mercy He realizes that there are many people who have lived and died on earth never having the opportunity to be baptized, or baptized with the proper authority, and so He has prepared a way for all of His children to have access to the blessings of baptism. By performing proxy baptisms in behalf of those who have died, Church members offer these blessings to deceased ancestors. These individuals in the next life can then choose to accept or decline what has been done in their behalf. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

James Huber
What is the purpose of life? To be put very simply it is to become more like God. God is our Heavenly Father, and just like a kitten grows up to become a cat, we as children of God are supposed to grow up to become like Him. To do so there are essential elements that we needed to come to earth to gain. First, is to gain a physical body. God does have a body of flesh and bone, and we could not gain that until we came to earth. Second, is to exercise agency and learn to choose between good and evil. On earth we are separated from God, and enticed to either choose evil or choose good, and are forced to choose one or the other. This is a trying time, or a time to prove ourselves. Third, we come here to learn and gain experience that will help us become more like our Heavenly Father. This life is like a Gold's gym. A place with lots of different machines and equipment that we don't neccessarily have at home, that will help us become stronger. The fourth reason is to form family relationships. The family is ordained of God, and He wants us to have the blessing of experiencing the joy that can only come through establishing close family relationships. The relationships are meant to be eternal, and last forever, but we needed to come here to first gain those. Ultimately the purpose of life is to have joy. God wants us to be happy and has provided instructions on how we can be happy forever by realizing our divine potential. Central to that are those 4 things. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

James Huber
The Book of Mormon is an compilation of the writings and prophecies about Christ of the prophets of the ancient people who lived on the American continent. It is named after Mormon, who was one of the last record keepers and prophets, and compiled all the other writings into one book. The Book of Mormon testifies of Christ, and supports and provides a second witness to the Bible. We use both books of scripture. The Book of Mormon was translated by the power of God through Joseph Smith. Joseph Smith is not the author of the book, only the translator. The Book of Mormon concludes with a great promise that those who read it and sincerely pray about it can know by the Holy Ghost that it is true. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

James Huber
We perform proxy baptisms in our temples because God is a God of order, but also a God of mercy. Being a God of order it is needful that all of His children follow His commandments, one of which is baptism, which is essential to the salvation of all who have lived on earth. With this though, comes a necessity that this ordinance is performed with the proper authority- in order with the way God established it. Because God is also a God of mercy He realizes that there are many people who have lived and died on earth never having the opportunity to be baptized, or baptized with the proper authority, and so He has prepared a way for all of His children to have access to the blessings of baptism. By performing proxy baptisms in behalf of those who have died, Church members offer these blessings to deceased ancestors. These individuals in the next life can then choose to accept or decline what has been done in their behalf. Show more Show less