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Hi I'm James

I grew up in Murray, Utah, attend Utah Valley University, and I am called to serve in Queretaro, Mexico. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love music. Throughout high school I played as a lead guitarist and vocalist for a variety of different bands. While I still enjoy that same passion and drive for performing, in August of 2012 I decided to move away from home and pursue the route of higher education by attending a university. My other hobbies include longboarding, wakeboarding, and essentially all water-sports. My favorite place in this whole world is Lake Powell, Utah. Now I am a full-time college student, and help manage a growing finance company that is locally based. In August of 2013 I will report to serve an LDS mission in Queretaro Mexico, and I could not be more thrilled.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a mormon, because I choose to be a Mormon. I was born and raised in the LDS faith, but I never gained a true testimony of this gospel until I honestly searched within myself to try and find the truth. My father passed away when I was still in the early stages of high school, and it left a profound impact on me. Going to church on sunday was something that I always did because Dad wanted me to, and I wanted to be like Dad. When he died, my world was literally turned upside down. I came to the haunting realization that I had never searched to have a testimony of my own as to if there even was a God, or a Christ who loved me and wanted what's best for me. I stopped attending church for most of my high school career, and began to succomb to intense fits of depression. I eventually gave up hope that religion could offer me any form of solace at all. Between working multiple jobs because finances were now tight with my Dad gone, and still trying to be a normal high school kid, I began to grow exhausted. The familiar warm light I knew growing up was now gone, and I felt lost. One day, I knelt down on my knees and said my first sincere prayer to my father in heaven, asking him if he was really there. After praying, I stayed kneeling, sincerely pleading to try and feel God's love and to know that he was aware of my being. The resulting action was something I cannot begin to accurately put into words. I was overcome with God's love, assuring me that he was my father in heaven, and that my earthly father was aware of my struggle and loved me. I began to read the Book of Mormon for the first time, and found that it's teachings were not only wholesome and appealing, but true. A few years after my Dad had passed away, that same light I remembered growing up was restored. I want to be a positive influence on this world, and I know that this church has had a positive influence on me. I am a mormon because I choose to be, and because the colors literally seem brighter here.

How I live my faith

Living this faith is something that we try to do day in and day out. While Sunday is my designated day of worship, I try my best to show how I live my faith throughout the rest of the week as well. I can live my faith by trying my best to be christ-like with every person that I come in contact with. Whether it is school, work, or being with my friends on the weekends, the number one way to live my faith is to center my life around christ.

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

James
The number one way to come to know your father in heaven is going to be through prayer. If you have a willingness to know of his existence, and a hope that He is out there, then take some time to kneel down and humbly ask, day in and day out, and I promise you that he will bear a witness of not only his existence, but his unconditional love for you. We are all actual son's of our God who is our heavenly father, and we can each gain a testimony of that. After thoughtful prayer, reading the scriptures and trying to follow after christs teachings will allow you to feel closeness to God. Show more Show less