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Hi I'm James

I'm a newly-wed that's still growing up. I finally have a major in college. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a senior in college. I love media and started out pursuing film-making. I also like business and looked into accounting. After my three years of exploration I've finally settled on a major in communications! I found the love of my life and now we've been married for less than a year. I love music. I've written songs on guitar. I like playing board games with family and playing disc golf.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were members when I was born. I was raised in the church and I always felt good about the things I learned. When I was a teenager I went to a church camp put on one summer for young men in my area. At one point we were given time to be by ourselves and pray to God about whatever we wanted. I remember praying to know if the Book of Mormon is true. When I prayed, I felt feelings of peace that I know came from God. That was the beginning. Now as I've learned more of the doctrine and teachings of the Church and I have asked God about them, He has continued to tell me this Church is true through feeling the Holy Spirit. Now I know that I am a son of God and He has placed me on Earth for a purpose. As I experience life, I have challenges that help me learn how to make choices like my Heavenly Father and my Savior would. This knowledge makes me happy to live life.

How I live my faith

I teach young- to mid-adult men on Sundays about gospel principles such as obedience, faith, or service. My favorite aspect of this service is what I learn from those I teach. There are fathers, husbands, single-fathers, and single men in this group. Being a newly-wed, I don't feel like I have much to offer as far as experience is concerned, but the Spirit leads me to ask the right questions so that we all are edified from the lessons. My wife and I also help with the 9-year-old cub scouts. I learn a lot from these boys as we do different activities with them. We've baked cookies, talked about leadership, and even written letters to their favorite companies. Their untainted love for life reminds me to enjoy every day in my week.

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

James
Of the many topics debated today, this one has many conflicting opinions. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches that the creation of life is a special gift from God. So it's important not to mess around with that special gift. With this viewpoint, we believe that abortion should be avoided unless the health of the mother could be endangered or if the child was a product of rape and there would be some serious emotional problems from its birth. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

James
Heavenly Father wants all of his children to be with Him through eternity, but He gives them the choice to decide to follow Him or not. We believe that after death our spirits go to a place where we wait until we are reunited with our bodies in their perfect form. Some people live in areas of the world where they don't have an opportunity to accept and live the gospel of Jesus Christ their entire lives. Baptisms for those who have passed away don't mean they are baptized by force into our church. But since baptism can only be performed when we have a body, we perform this ordinance for those who have passed away so they can accept baptism if they would like. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

James
Yes! I have had experiences where I had a question and wanted some divine advice. After each time I prayed, the prophet, Thomas S. Monson, answered my question in a general conference for the church. Having read the words of past modern-day prophets and the prophet today, I know that they are men called of God to lead the world in spiritually perilous times. Show more Show less