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Hi I'm James

I grew up in Idaho. I am an Eagle Scout. I am a missionary in the Philippines Bacolod Mission. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a Boy Scout of The United States of America. I am an Eagle Scout, a Denali Scout, and a Ranger Scout. I earned the Idaho State Eagle Scout of The Year Award in 2012. I have worked at a local Boy Scout camp for five summers. I love the scouting program and what it does for the youth in it (both young men and young women (yes young women can be in scouting as well). I have made many new friends through scouting program and the scouting program has helped me to become the successful man that I am today.

Why I am a Mormon

Through the scouting program, I have spent much time in the outdoors. In the outdoors you are able to take a step back, breath in the fresh air and recognize our heavenly fathers plan in the beauty of our universe. I have witnessed many small miracles while in the outdoors. One week, while at scout camp, it was raining very hard. So hard that we nearly had to cancel our Order of The Arrow ceremony. Order of the Arrow is the honor society of scouting. It is a program in scouting to recognize those scouts who best exemplify the scout oath and law in their daily lives. Our ceremony is meant to recognize those scouts who have exemplified the scout oath and law, and have been chosen to become a part of the Order of the Arrow. It's a really neat experience because it helps the boys see the example that those scouts have set, and it helps the boys to want to become better scouts. Unfortunately our ceremony was about to be canceled ,due to the rain. We decided to go ahead anyways, despite the rain. All the staff were in their positions and were ready for the ceremony to start. Before the ceremony started however the key speakers, who happened to be LDS, knelt down together and began to pray. In their prayer they asked Heavenly Father to allow the rain to stop during the ceremony. Thirty seconds before the ceremony the sky turned from black to a brilliant orange, and the rain instantly stopped. Through their faith in our Heavenly Father, their prayer was answered, and we had one of the best ceremonies that we have ever had. But the sun did not stay out forever. As soon as the ceremony ended it began to rain again. This experience helped my testimony to grow. I knew that the reason their prayer was answered was because of their faith in our Heavenly Father and his love for us. Since then my faith has grown and I have gained a true testimony of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

How I live my faith

As a member of the scouting program, I have many opportunities to live my faith. I have worked as a merit badge councilor and a commissioner at a local scout camp. As a councilor I have had the opportunity to teach the scouts that I work with various outdoor skills. It's always amazing to see how excited they are to learn those skills. Throughout the week that they are there, you get to know and become friends with the scouts that you work with. Many of the scout I work with are LDS (many of the scouts in Idaho are LDS), but some of them aren't. The wonderful thing about scouting, is that it doesn't matter who you are or where you come from, we are all brothers in the scouting program. We are all respectful of each others beliefs, because that is what it means to be a scout. There have been many times where I have had a conversation with scouts around a campfire, and I was able to share my faith in a friendly environment. Non LDS Members where able to ask me questions about the church and I was able to answer their questions about the church. They were very open to discussing it, because I wasn't just another Mormon, I was their friend and brother in scouting. I think one of the best ways to be a missionary is to be a friend. A scout is friendly.