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Hi I'm James

I'm a mountain biker and a longboarder. I love reading and fixing things. I'm serving a mission in Nagoya, Japan. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I have always loved music. I began playing trombone in 6th grade, and I played up until I graduated high school. I also was in choir, and I still enjoy singing. In high school, we had to write a paper on what we wanted to do as a career. Before then, I hadn't given it much thought, but through writing the essay I discovered my desire to go into engineering. When I return from my mission, I plan on attending a university to become an engineer. I love going outside and being with nature. I love the thrill that I get from weaving and jumping through trails on a mountain bike, and cruising down the street on a longboard. I love reading books, from fantasy, to Sci Fi, to historical fiction, and especially the scriptures. I always planned on going on a mission. My brother in law is from Japan, and we were both excited when I was called to Japan on my mission.

Why I am a Mormon

I was fortunate to be born to parents who were members of the church, so I learned about the gospel from a young age. My whole life, however, I have admired the courage and strength of converts, as they had to change their lives when they found the truth of the gospel. Even though I have always been a member, I have had my share of trials. Because of them, however, I have a strong testimony of forgiveness and the power of the atonement. I know that the church is true, and that through Christ we can return to the presence of our Father in Heaven

How I live my faith

I participated in the youth program in the church for many years, and I really enjoyed it. I try to live my life as well as I can, and set a good example for others, and especially for my family. I try to live my life in such a way as to let others know of the joy and peace that the gospel brings into my life. After graduating from high school, I was called as a ward missionary. In doing so, I have gone on many visits with the missionaries in our ward and with our ward mission leader. I am currently a full time missionary for the church. I am training in the MTC, and will be serving in Nagoya, Japan, to help others to find the peace and comfort that I have in my life.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

No, we are not required to serve missions. I know several members who have not served missions, but they are still phenominal people. My adult leader for the 16-17 year old youth didn't serve a mission, yet he is one of the people who have helped shape my life and made me who I am. Although it is not required, many young men and women choose to serve, me included. They, like me, know the happiness and truth of the gospel, and want to help others to know of the comfort the gospel brings. A mission is an amazing thing, and I am humbled to be called to take the gospel to Japan. Show more Show less