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Hi I'm James

I come from the prairies of Canada. I enjoy geeky things. I'm secretly an introvert, though you'd never guess, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy various fine arts. Drama, Choir, Band, and attempts at Art have all made their way into my life at some point in time or other. I have Managed and Co-managed Theater productions as well as acting in one. I still have good memories of those experiances though. When I'm not in foreign countries, I also enjoy video-games, the company of a few friends, music, reading and doing most of the normal stuff I like to imagine that other normal people like to do. At least, I like to imagine that. I'm sometimes a bit of a weird duck to put it shortly. Although I sometimes seem to be extroverted and thrive off the limelight, I naturally shy away from such things, and just try to make the best of whatever situation I'm in. My favorite place to shine is where the rest of the lights aren't, taking on more of a supportive role by preferance. That's likely why I was only acting for 1 year, and then moved to the technical side, where you don't see the guy working with the lights or sound or what have you. Even in games, I usually pass the ball, try and come up with 'ingenious' tricks to try and help others succeed, even if it's waving my arms back and forth while making crow sounds to distract opposite team members. Or in videogames, I usually find myself as a medic, healer, or something that people normally go unnoticed but oftentimes can make all the difference. I do like to feel like I made a difference, I just don't like people to notice it.

Why I am a Mormon

I've grown up with it all around me, but as of the last few years and serving for a mission, I've really come to learn and love the Gospel and the impact it has had on my life. I've no doubt that it's played a vital role in shaping my identity and who I am now and want to become. I know that the teaching of the church are true, and that though living it, one can become closer to God. As I've grown older and enjoyed more experiences, I have changed my base knowledge and teaching from my youth into real, tangible experiences that tell me one thing. God is real, and he loves me. Okay, maybe more than one thing, but the rest of them mostly hang off that singular point. I know that God is a God of love, truth, justice, mercy and that he tries every day (harder than I do, and significantly so) to have his children pick up the receiver on the other end and gain all the blessings he has in store. And it's not ever a one time thing, nor will it be ever anything but constant and throughout eternity.

How I live my faith

Well, I'd say that easily the most recognizable thing that I've done thus far is go to the Belgium and Netherlands area to serve a mission for my church. I've met with wonderful people, and gained so many various experiences that I would otherwise have never had, all leading me back to the Gospel and one simple point of knowledge, that God is real, and that he not only loves me, but loves all of his other children as well. It has been my pleasure to search out and find his children wherever they are, and sometimes even have them find me! I've seen and helped people change their lives for the better, and I feel like each time I improve a little bit as well, right along with them. I've done a few other things though in my life that have at least found their way into the public eye, or at least, a very small public's eye. Everything from helping out with Operation Christmas child and volunteering time, effort and two arms when High River flooded to returning to my ol'high school to help a teacher (I actually never had) run an extra-curricular club. Now, being back home, I serve in my local church building, all the while attending school and working.

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

James
Well, Mormon women are normal people too, as I'm sure many can attest to. You likely even know a Mormon women and never even knew. And yes, we believe in equality, but this isn't to be confused with identicality. Women often have a whole slew of talents and capabilities vastly different from men, for example, they are often more empathetic and caring. This does not ever apply as a blanket statement, as each person is a unique individual not meant to be compared to any other. End note- Men generally tend to have more protective and defensive natures, while Women lean toward compassionate subjects like sympathy, empathy and charity, and both have their own seperate parts in building a family together (note family, that's teh center of all the church does). Seperate tasks, unified purpose, and equal responsibility and importance. No one person is better than another, and if the world I've seen already is anything like what the world will be when I myself have children, than I'd better hope that I have my own wife who can hold her own and push forward with me on the same stroke, just on different sides of a boat. Show more Show less