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Hi I'm James

I grew up in Virginia with three siblings. I am attending BYU and I love playing volleyball & basketball. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Virginia born and raised, I have two wonderful parents, a great older brother, and two of the best little sisters. My family means the world to me. I started playing volleyball at the beginning of high school and played varsity and club volleyball throughout high school. I worked at Chick-fil-A during my junior and senior years to help pay for my education. I graduated in 2013 and am now attending Brigham Young University and I'm still trying to decide what to study. In my free time I love to listen to music, play volleyball & basketball, and watch The Office. I took six years of French classes, and leave in June 2014 to serve a mission in Montreal Canada!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Mormon church, and my parents have always taught me the the Gospel of Jesus Christ in my home and brought me to church every Sunday. I had no reason to not believe the things that I was taught by my parents, but when I was 14 I realized I wasn't quite sure if I believed in God. I always felt that this earth had to be have been made by a higher power. I saw the hand of divinity in the in the majestic beauty of life and regeneration, in the smallest caterpillar, in the small creek in my neighborhood. But it still troubled me that I couldn't see God. How was I supposed to believe in someone who I had never seen? I was going through some tough times in middle school, and felt alone, isolated and vulnerable. I couldn't sleep one night, and I decided to pray to my God, asking for some sort of response. As I lay there praying, I felt God's love encircle me. Despite the darkness that surrounded me, I only felt one thing. The everlasting, infinite, and unconditional love of God surrounding me. It was one of the most beautiful moments in my life. After that experience, I have an absolute knowledge that God is there, He is our Father and He loves every single one of his children. However, when I was 16, I realized that I still wasn't sure that the Mormon church was the right one. I decided to put the Book of Mormon to the test, and the results were indisputable. For two weeks, I spent nearly all of my free time praying, reading the Book of Mormon, listening to hymns. I pondered the words of the Book of Mormon for hours on end. During those two weeks, I was the happiest I have ever been. Almost nothing could make me upset and going to work became something I enjoyed. The temptation to curse and express anger became almost nonexistent. Showing love and gratitude to others became easier than it had ever been. Only one word could describe me: HAPPY. For me that was evidence enough that the Mormon church was God's church on earth. And that is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

While I am very imperfect, I work at hard every day at simply improving myself and following the example set by Jesus Christ. I read from the Bible and Book of Mormon everyday, and pray to my Father in Heaven, which helps me to live with a spirit of gratitude and love for the rest of the day. I live my faith by participating in service when I have the opportunity and showing love to God's children. I try to set a good example for my two little sisters, and try to brighten their lives despite the thousands of miles that separate us while I am at BYU. But the biggest way I live my faith is by trying to emulate Christ and live as he did, which means serving, loving, and helping those in need. I also try to follow Christ by sharing his Gospel, which has brought me so much happiness, with others. I can not wait to serve God's children for two years in Montreal!