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Hi I'm James

I'm in my early 50's and have been a member of the Church since I was 16. I'm a CPA and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

As a member of the Church, my family refers to me as the white sheep of the family. I'm a CPA, I live and work in the Los Angeles area I am grateful to be a member of the Church. In fact I count it as one of my greatest blessings. I'm the 4th of 5 children and always felt a closeness to God from my childhood. I enjoyed attending church yet my parents stopped attending church when I started kindergarten. In second grade I met my now longtime friend, Mike, who's family introduced me to the Church little by little. The encouraged me to attend Primary for children under 12, encouraged me to go to Priesthood and other Church meetings with Mike when I turned 12. When I turned 14, they invited me to take the missionary lessons. At 14 I did not know what they were talking about, "missionary lessons." Shirley, Mike's mother just asked me to ask my parents for permission. The granted permission. The missionary lessons were great and introduced me to the Church yet out of fear of being different, I did not join the Church at that time. I had to pass through my own spiritual journey. Then my friend since second grade announced he and his family would be moving away. At 15 I had grown very fond of my "second family" and sad they would be moving. Attending a youth event called, Road Show, I started to realize that the Spirit in Mike's family home was the same Spirit I felt at Church. I was going to miss that Spirit. So I asked, and at age 16 Mike baptized me. Very cool!

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because a woman named Shirley, told me, "James, the Church is true." Not knowing what she was saying my friend Mike's mother believed the Gospel of Jesus Christ had been restored and not wanting to miss an opportunity would exclaim, "James, the Church is true!" when ever we had a quite moment together. I delight in our Sunday mornings when I'd occasionally sleep over Mike's house as I entered my teen years. As the Richard and the boys headed out to Priesthood in the morning (used to be that there were three separate meetings on Sundays, today only one 3 hour block of meetings). I would sheepishly creep out of Mikes room, knowing that had left, and head to the kitchen where the smell of breakfast stood in the air. Shirley would ask me if I wanted eggs. I loved eggs and would of course agree. Then she'd ask how I'd like them. I would nine times out of ten ask for them "over easy" please. She would then ask, "Do you want pepper on your eggs." At this point she was already shaking the pepper shaker and I would always say, "NO!" Oh well, what's a little pepper... She and I would talk, I don't really remember the topics, except when she would affirmatively state, "James, the Church is true!" The Spirit did confirm to my soul that what she said was right. Eventually I joined the Church and have enjoyed the fruits of the Spirit many times as I have attended my Church meetings. So in the end, I learned two things 1) The Church is True! and 2) I do like pepper on my eggs!

How I live my faith

I have served as a member of the Church in various capacities. Each of them has added to my life in so many ways. Each member of the Church is asked to serve in what ever capacity the Lord sees fit to call. These callings are done by inspiration from one of the leaders of the Church, a bishop, mission president or other ecclesiastical leader. I am an ordained Elder in the Church and currently serve in what is commonly referred to as the Elders Quorum Presidency, where I am the 1st Counselor. My greatest joy is that of being a home teacher where each month I reach out to families in our congregation (which we call "Wards" - which is a neighborhood community). I have made great friends over the years yet find that the Lord blesses me to be there for them as I serve to be the "eyes and ears" for our Ward's bishop as he, as a lay minister does not have time enough to visit all members each month. I cannot say that I'm perfect in visiting each family every month, yet they do know I'm their home teacher and that I am there should they need me. I also find joy in signing in the Ward Choir or sharing my musical talent of playing the violin. Another calling I have is being the Stake Auditor, where I use my skills as a Certified Public Accountant on a volunteer basis to audit other Ward's in our Stake Area (usually made up of 4-5 contiguous wards). This gives me comfort to know that the donations made and the moneys expended are handled properly and with reverence and honor.