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Hi I'm James

I grew up in Los Angeles County. I am an Eagle Scout. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am now on a mission to the Colorado Colorado Springs Mission. I plan to go to college after my mission. I love how my family has supported my efforts to improve myself. I grew up in the church and through it have learned to love my Redeemer. I hope to express that love to many as I am on my mission.

Why I am a Mormon

I may have grown up in this church, but my faith I know is my own. Often I have felt alone and afraid and found joy in realizing that my savior loves me and knows with a perfect knowledge of the difficulties I am going through. I feel his love and wish to improve so that I may return to him with the knowledge that I did as he wanted. Because of this, I work everyday to become who Christ and I wish to be. I know Christ wants me to be a Mormon so I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I am an example to my brothers and sisters as well as to the youth in my church of missionary service. I read my scriptures and prepare each day to teach the gospel.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

James
Having grown up in a Mormon family with several sisters, I learned from an early age that while men and women are different, they are equally important in God's eyes. Families are far more important than some people realize. Without parents that have mutual respect for one another and the duties for which they are each assigned, children can have difficulty learning the lessons that God wants them to learn. If both parents are unified and intimately involved in the upbringing of children, they will receive blessings to help them raise their children in love and righteousness. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

James
Eternal life is the ultimate reward we all can receive for striving to keep all of God's commandments and showing our willingness to follow our Savior, Jesus Christ. This reward contains being able to return to Heavenly Father and their families forever in His eternal glory. Those who choose not to follow God's commandments and Jesus Christ will receive a reward according to what they have done in this life, but they will not have the joy of living in the presence of God. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

James
From studying biblical events in Acts Chapter 1, we find that the 11 apostles, under the direction of Peter, choose Matthias as the new apostle to replace Judas. From this event, we can extrapolate that the apostles were not supposed to die off and leave men to lead the Church of Jesus Christ their own devices, but rather in every dispensation of the Gospel that men are called to lead Jesus Christ's Church and are given the revelation and abilities necessary to perform those holy duties. In these the latter days, the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored by the Prophet Joseph Smith including the duties of the apostles. Paul, an author of a number of books in the New Testament, was also chosen as an apostle. Paul indicates that the church is built upon the foundation of apostles and prophets(Ephesians 2:19-20) and lists their functions to “bring us to a unity of the faith” (Ephesians 4:11-14). Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

James
As one who grew up in the Church, I find it a great opportunity to share the gospel through a mission. Although missionary service is not a required to be a Mormon, it is a tradition with strong reasons behind it. We have the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ and, whether we go on a mission or not, we have a responsibilty to share it. Show more Show less