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Hi I'm James

I grew up in southern Alberta Canada. I'm a carpenter heading back to school to get my B.Ed to teach carpentry. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised on a ranch, and I think that aided in my love of the outdoors. I love camping, hiking, fishing, backpacking, mountain biking and the like. Sadly I live in a northern climate which means I miss doing these things for about 7 months of the year. =( My wife and I have a little boy who I can't wait to get bigger so he can join me on my adventures, though he already out-fishes me. I recently found an enjoyment, as I have gone back to college and soon to be university, in wall climbing. In looking at it I never really saw the appeal, now I love it. I also enjoy a lot of sports. Basketball, volleyball, ultimate Frisbee, badminton, and others that I hardly get to do anymore, but love to when I can.

Why I am a Mormon

Well, I was brought up in the Mormon church, in a small town of really good people. I still love to return there as often as I can. However, being raised in the church is not why I continue to go, and strive to live the gospel as best I can. The simple answer as to why I am a member of the Mormon church is that I have come to find out for myself it is true. Despite the vastness of this world, this universe, and places so far beyond our reach we may never know about them, I know God loves me, individually. One of the greatest things I have learned in this life. He loves me, and wants me to succeed. I know it by the same means that anybody can know it. It changes everything.

How I live my faith

I enjoy chatting about the deeper meanings in life. It's nice once in awhile to forget about work and talk about what really matters. ie. family, helping each other in this life, and the hope of the life yet to come. I have worked with the youth a bit in the recent past, and in the Scouting program. Getting kids outdoors and away from the screen is one of the hardest tasks these days, but well worth the effort. (Geez that makes me sound old.) I have been involved with the church my whole life, and have learned so much from it. A lot of times not even realizing how much I have learned, until that particular thing is tested, and then I am so grateful.