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Hi I'm James

I grew up on a farm in Montana and now live in Yorkshire England. I work for the biggest company in the world. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

Living in North Yorkshire reminds me of growing up in a small farming town in Montana. I am surrounded by great and wonderful neighbors that work hard and smile often. Since leaving home, I have owned three businesses; a firefighting business, restuarant, and executive placement firm. I have also led big efforts at a large coffee compaby and international retailer. I am an avid skier and Disney fanatic. If I am on holiday; you will usually find me either covered in snow or big ears. My greatest joy comes from my wonderful family; with my wife and four children. Two of them are adopted and together we look a little out of place; but we are a strong and committed family together.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because as a young man, I carefully looked around at the adult men in the area. It was easy to see which were happy and others that were struggling. Those that were most successful either in family or work had a strong foundation in religion. And the most common religion was being a Mormon. I studied and asked a lot of questions before fully committing to being Mormon. When I was 13, I finally knelt down and prayed with deep sincerity to gain a witness that this was the right step for me. I have never looked back from that expereince. I received such a powerful feeling; that whenever I start to think selfishly or want to take an easier route; I quickly snap back and stay strong. Not only for me, but for the knowledge that my faithfulness will have an impact on my children and their potential for happiness and success in their life and in the after life.

How I live my faith

Living thousands of miles away from family can be really challenging, but because of my commitment to family values and service to others, I feel like anywhere I go in the world I will be part of a church family. I am happy at work and try to help others around me. I don't drink coffe or tea, alcohol, smoke and try my hardest to live a clean lifestyle . At first, people noticed something was different about me, but after consistently living my faith at work; as well as at home, people often ask questions and many colleagues respect my way of living and adjust their actions around me. Every morning I gather my family to read scriptures together. This helps us to start the day off well and gives us all a little more calm in life. It isn't a lot, but the little bits we read makes a big difference. On Monday nights we have dedicated family time. It is great fun to see the little children try to lead music as if they are a giant windmill or to hear them teach a lesson about how to say prayers. We always finish with a game and treat. Our favorite game is charades and my two year old loves to take his turn and is always a "car". He just loves it. Evening dinner is also very important to us. It is our family time to decompress from the day and support one another in the busy lives we have.

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Getting to know your Heavenly Father is similar to getting to know anybody. First, we have to just open our mouths and start talking to Him. Share with Him your thoughts, hopes, and desires. Ask Him questions. Trust that He will answer your prayers. It takes a little practice, but pretty soon you will start to see how your Heavenly Father is communicating to you through inspiration, feelings, and even other people. I know that Heavenly Father communicates to me. I know that He will communicate to all his sons and daughters that desire it. Through diligent prayer I have come to actively learn to listen to what Heavenly Father has to tell me and it's not just about listening, but also doing. By showing the action, it has built my relationship and trust with my Heavenly Father. Show more Show less