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Hi I'm James

I am a convert to the church after investigating for 23 years. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of two boys with another on the way - and at 45 years old I will need Heavenly Father's help with this third one! I work managing factories for a Fortune 500 company, and I work a lot. My hours are many times very long and I work some distance from home but I enjoy spending all the time I can with my family. First of all, I love to cook. When I was dating my wife I always told her that if we got married she would never have to cook another day in her life. I was wrong, because of my schedule I don't have the opportunities I would like but I cook on the weekends and I love to serve my family in this way. I like to do things with my boys, like play frisbee golf and train with my youngest son while he gets ready for wrestling season. My family is most important to me so whatever we are doing together is my current favorite thing!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Catholic home and was always attending church. I spent much of my youth studying about religions, both Christian and Eastern philosophies. I studied because I always felt that there were things that were missing, that there was more to the story than I knew. In my senior year in college I met my wife, who was a Mormon. We were married in the LDS chapel, and I remained a non-member for 23 years. My attitude toward the church fluctuated between indifference and strong resistance. My two boys were born and I always supported them going to church but it was never for me. Throughout this time I continued to study, and at one point last year I picked up my engraved copy of the Book of Mormon which my wife had given me over 20 years earlier. I started to read. It was unlike any other scriptures I had read before, and I have read everything from the Bible to the Koran to the Tao de Ching. We always had the missionaries in our house and I started to really engage with them and learn from them. I had been exposed to the church through my family for so long but I never really put my heart into it. That is what you have to do. Pray and listen to your heart, because that is how Heavenly Father will speak to you, and He will speak to you if you let Him. I was baptized a little over a year ago and I have been married and sealed to my children in the temple. The Lord has always blessed our family but never so much as after we really started living the gospel in our home. The teachings of the church give us the guide we need to truly be happy. That doesn't mean that all our problems have gone away, far from it. We have had some of our most challenging times and most difficult trials in the time since I got baptized. But with the strength I receive from actively living the gospel I know that my family can weather the storms that come our way. My decision to be baptized changed my life and the lives of my family and I wish I had not waited so long to make that decision.

How I live my faith

Since joining the church a little over a year ago I have been very active in the church. I was helping as an assistant scout master in the Boy Scouts of America program even before I was a member. I love to work with the young kids because I never had an opportunity to do scouting when I was a kid. I am learning along with them, and I love that. I also have many opportunities to teach others and I have found that my Heavenly Father has given me a gift to do that. I teach on Sundays whenever I have a chance because it allows me to share my testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ with others in the church as well as visitors we may have. I also live my faith every day while I am at work. While my position in my company does not allow me to proactively discuss my beliefs, people know I am different because of how I act. They know I am different because of my language, and because of how I treat others. And when they ask why I am different, I tell them it is because I have found the gospel. It is because I am a Mormon.