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Hi I'm James or Jamie Pemberton

Gentle, Big Heart, Lawyer, I suffer from one learning disability and two mental disabilities. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Oldest of three children. Two nephews and one niece. Aged 29. Lawyer. Legal Studies And Law graduate. Love sports. Enjoy spending time with family and friends. Love reading, watching movies, relaxing, sleeping, learning, thinking deeply about life and eating food (especially chocolate :) ). RM, served in Australia Melbourne East Mission from 2008-2010. Suffered minor brain injury, which resulted by a car accident from age 10 onward. It lengthens time to learn new things. I especially struggled in school under exam conditions. I suffered from ADHD and depression. The latter, at present, foists sadness upon me in a snap (figuratively speaking, of course). I find this hardest to deal with, as I am an easy-going and enthusiastic normally. Such is life, aye, warts and all. These struggles refined me into becoming a better brother of the brotherhood of man and woman.

Why I am a Mormon

I love it! I believe each of us always have room to grow. This Church encourages this more than any institution of which I am aware. The Gospel offers perspectives during both good and bad times. It helps me focus on the good and forgive human ills. It shows me the way to be happy and at peace in this world. Being born a Mormon, my parents taught me from a young age by study, faith and example. I thank my God for this. I consider myself as more of a convert than a life-long member. I say this because I needed to build my testimony from scratch. I went through Seminary from whence I learnt that my testimony and faith must have Jesus Christ the foundation thereof. I know now that faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement must be central to the blueprint of my structure otherwise, my faith and testimony will shake and fall during trial or tribulation.

How I live my faith

I seek to live my faith on a day-to-day basis. I seek to magnify my calling by learning my duties then do my best to fill them. I seek to be kind to everyone without discrimination of race, orientation etc. I feel pain when I look at the degenerate condition of the world as I feel upset at the thought of the suffering that many families must endure. So, I seek to 'do my part' and love my neighbour by looking only for the good in them. I seek to be the 'best' that I can be. I seek to share the burden of another through various means. I seek to serve anonymously. Without the Gospel, I would be a 'basket-case'. I couldn't cope with life, work etc. It offers me strength that I need to get through each day. It answers my daily questions about life. It shows me the only way is forward holding fast to the rod of iron (Word of God) through the mists of darkness and whirlwind of adversity. Also, the Atonement of Jesus Christ strengthens my shoulders, to bear with long-suffering and patience, trials foisted upon me. I know that Jesus truly understands my situation better than even my beloved sweetheart. So, I turn to Him when I'm ready to throw up my hands in defeat. I know God is an unchangeable Being of Flesh of Bones. He is the Father of my spirit. I know that Jesus is the Christ. He is the Creator of this planet. He is my Advocate with the Father. I know Joseph Smith was and is a Prophet sent from God. He translated the Book of Mormon. This book is the Word of God and contains the fullness of the everlasting Gospel of Jesus Christ. Daily study of this book pulled me through many trials. I know that we are led by a living Prophet sent from God today, his name is President Thomas S. Monson.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

James or Jamie Pemberton
I both endorse and support the Church's stance upon the topic. In addition, some call Mormonism a cult due to lack of understanding and false innuendo or gossip concerning our beliefs. The common denominator here is confusion and a war of words and opinions. The bridge between understanding and the lack of it comes thereby asking honest questions, reading and examining the Church's beliefs, doctrine and materials. Thus, knowledge triumphs over indifference and intolerance. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

James or Jamie Pemberton
It is a daily effort to attempt to be a better and more Christ-like person each day. We face the same challenges everyone else does but we have a greater comprehension of the Plan of Salvation, which gives us an eternal perspective that helps us to face each challenge with confidence that all will be okay. We are asked to study the words of God's Prophets both past and present. We seek to serve the community, spread the Lord's restored message to all and practice what we preach. Indeed, like Nephi of old, "...we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach and we prophesy of Christ." Show more Show less