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Hi I'm James

I am a pre-med. student at BYU-Idaho, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am the eldest of six boys (five living and one deceased). I grew up in a house devote in two things: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and Texas ATM football. When I was eight I saw Michael Jordan play the Utah Jazz for the NBA World Championship. That day started a great love of basketball in me. As a teenager I moved to Rexburg, Idaho with my family. That was a culture shock! When I turned nineteen I served for two years as a missionary to the beautiful people in Ecuador. I had to learn Spanish and an entirely new culture at that time. I loved that time! After coming home, I began my college education at BYU-Idaho. When I was sixteen I learned about a doctor named Patch Adams. Since that time, I have harbored a deep ambition to become a doctor. I am a chemistry major, and will take the MCAT (the medical school entrance exam) this next summer. For obvious reasons I hope to attend medical school at Texas ATM! Much to my surprise, I met a beautiful girl about a year-and-a-half after coming home from Ecuador. What was most surprising was that she showed interest in me! Earlier this year we wed for time and all eternity in the Snowflake Arizona temple.

Why I am a Mormon

My family have been members of the LDS faith since its founding in the early 1830's. Initially, that is why I was Mormon. As I grew, though, I had to come to find the truth for myself. I felt that I knew the church was true, but I wanted to KNOW. I decided that the entire church's truthfulness hinged on one simple principle: whether or now the Book of Mormon is true. I also knew that the only person that could confirm its truthfulness of God. I read that book as quickly as I could. Every day I prayed to the Lord saying, "Lord, I am studying the Book of Mormon, and doing my part to learn whether or not it is true. When I finish the book I will ask you if it is not true, and I know you will answer me." I will never forget what happened the morning that I finished the book. I began to feel as if my whole being was full of "light." As I knelt to ask Father in Heaven whether or not the book was true I felt an answer burning in my heart before I could even formulate the words. I have received similar answers confirming that Joseph Smith was called of God to be a prophet, and that Jesus Christ is the literal Son of God, the Savior and Redeemer of the world. I know that the Savior really lived. He was born the Son of God and the mother of Mary. He taught men how to come unto God, and then provided the way for us to do so through his atonement, death, and resurrection. I know He will come again. Because I know these things it seems obvious to me that we do have a living prophet today. He communes with God on our behalf, and learns that which we need to do to protect ourselves from the evils we face today. When I was thirteen I lost a brother. I know that through the power of God, righteous living, and promises that my family has made with God in the temple I can be with my brother, and all of my family forever. Why am I a Mormon? I'm a Mormon because Jesus Christ is the key to happiness.

How I live my faith

One of the many great things about the LDS church is the opportunity which every member has to serve. Over the last few years I have served in leadership positions and teaching positions. Currently, my wife and I teach a class of eleven and twelve year-olds every Sunday. I think that I have learned more from them than they have from me. I am also called as a home-teacher to visit two families at least monthly. They are people that I never knew before receiving this calling. It's great how these callings never allow us to stay in our comfort zones; they constantly stretch us, and help us to grow and make more friends.