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Hi I'm James

I am a military brat. I love space. I can't wait to serve a mission. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have an awesome family with my parents and my three younger siblings. We love having fun together. My dad is in the Air Force, so we moved around a lot growing up. Even though it could be hard sometimes, it was really great to see so many places and make so many friends from all over the United States. Now, I finished my first year at college and I am studying computer engineering. I have always loved space, so I want to be able to use what I learn in engineering to work on space exploration projects. I am excited to serve the people in the Arizona Phoenix Mission speaking Spanish.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I really have come to know for myself through prayer and the power of the Holy Ghost that everything that is taught in the Church is true. I know that anyone can come to this knowledge if he or she prays with a sincere heart and really desires to know the truth. It may not be an overwhelming or unbelievable answer like a vision or anything like that, but I promise that if you really listen for the Spirit, He will testify to you of the truth and you will really know of the truth. It sounds crazy, I know, but it is real. I have also felt God's love for me on many occasions because I have been doing what I have been taught in the Church. These feelings are amazing, and there really is nothing like them. They cannot be denied, and they have helped me to know of the truthfulness of the gospel. There are also many things I love about the Church. I love that it teaches me to be more like my Savior. I love that the Church is always ready and able to respond during times of crisis anywhere in the world. I love that it really is a worldwide church. I love that the Church emphasizes the importance of families. I love that we have living prophets and apostles. I love that we can all come to know of the truth for ourselves through the Holy Ghost. Most of all, I love that when I go to Church, as I live the gospel, and as I repent I can feel God's love for me. I can't wait to share all of these things with the people of the world wherever I serve my mission and to help them be able to feel the amazing feeling of God's love as well.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is part of every aspect of my life. As a missionary, we try every day to be representatives of Jesus Christ and do what he would do. I strive to live my faith in everything I do. I try my best to read the scriptures, pray, and look for opportunities to serve people every day. I try to have charity, or the pure love of Christ, for everyone. Everyone is a child of God, and if we really love them and look for ways to help them, we can come closer to our Savior and feel His love. I know that by doing these simple things that I can feel God's love more in my life and help others to feel it more as well.

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

James
The purpose of Church welfare is to help those who are going through hard times in their life to get back to being self-reliant. While they are going through these hard times, there are many resources that the Church has to provide for their needs from food to employment. The Church encourages recipients of welfare to work in the welfare program as well to help bless others and receive blessings themselves. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

James
A testimony is what we know to be true because the Holy Ghost has born witness to us that it is. Usually testimony comes as a result of sincere prayer. As we pray and listen for answers, we can feel the Holy Ghost bearing witness to us of what is true. While we may not experience unbelievable things like visions, the feelings of the witness of the Holy Ghost are powerful and we can know that they are of God. Show more Show less