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Hi I'm James

I'm a science-minded software developer. I'm a husband and father. I love the earth, reason and liberty. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've always had an interest in science, engineering, computers, and the outdoors - particularly deserts. As I've aged, I've surprised myself as I've found interest in history and social-political-economic systems - which I have now studied for several years, though I continue to work in software development. I have a firm belief in the importance of liberty - my passion for which seems to strengthen each year. I'm a fan of the U.S. "founding fathers" - though I do not think they were perfect, they were certainly uncommonly excellent men and women. I love Ben Franklin's personal motto of living usefully. Aside from my love of Jesus Christ, my passion for liberty and choice, along with my respect for science and logic are what keeps me grounded in and loving Mormonism.

Why I am a Mormon

Read and find out. The gospel of Christ is amazing, and this Church empowers each person to find the most complete and true essences of His gospel - on their own (but with support). My respect for science and reason comes from two main aspects: 1- the incorporation of experimentation to find proof - proof through empirical testing and observation, which anyone can do it and find out for themselves, and 2- the fact that all truths interrelate and reinforce and further validate each other. Mormonism is the same way. We are all expected and encouraged to find out for ourselves whether what we believe in is true. The Church does not want members who are acting on blind faith or thoughtless acceptance of what parents have taught them. Want to know if the Book of Mormon is true? Read it through and find out. Want to know if a gospel precept is true? Start living it and find out. Want to lean to follow the Spirit? Start acting on its promptings, and receive more. Every step of the way - from the most fundamental points of the Gospel, we are invited, and expected, to discover for ourselves where truth lies. Christ taught this principle as we read in many passages of the Bible, including the Gospel of John: "If any man will do his [God's] will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God..." As we act on (experiment) what scripture and prophets ask us to do, we discover the actuality of truths. The Book of Mormon also explains this in Alma 12:10 "...he that will not harden his heart, to him is given the greater portion of the word, until it is given unto him to know the mysteries of God until he know them in full." And our Articles of Faith 13 states our desire: "If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things." This is the essence of Mormonism, and why I love it: I can know for myself what is true, and the completeness and harmonizing of the available truth is satisfying to reason.

How I live my faith

I try to incorporate my faith into all aspects of my life. That certainly means within the home, where the whole family (myself, wife and three kids) are always happier when we act toward each other in Christ-like ways and work together to find useful ways to help our neighbors and community. I love that as I study and improve myself in any positive way, I gain more knowledge, truth, and strength that expands my belief in the gospel of Christ, and in Mormonism. No scientific knowledge has yet challenged my faith - and in fact most has strengthened it. In my local church unit I currently serve in multiple capacities. I help coordinate the missionary teaching and service efforts in my area - including various forms of service work in the near by communities. I love seeing not only the happiness that this brings to those who are helped, but most of all the joy that comes into the hearts of those who come to participate in the service. I also act as the leader of our Sunday school program - assisting, coordinating and supporting those who teach our various adult and youth classes each week. I have fantastic people to work with who love teaching gospel topics and inspiring the youth (teenagers) to learn and decide on their own. Our church is completely volunteer based. We find joy in serving and waste no funds on salaries. There are many opportunities for everyone to grow and expand their horizons as they find joy in being useful. Bring the truths and good talents that you have and love, and join us to gain more!