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Hi I'm James

I'm happy and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hey, I am James and a convert to this church, I have been a member since September 2006. I completed a 2 year mission for the Church in Manchester England. I love my wife so much and enjoy spending time together. Right now I am studying history at university and enjoy spending time with my friends and family. I spent two years teaching brand new missionaries in the England Preston Missionary Training Centre. I have been really blessed to see so many of God's sons and daughters who have chosen to serve others in a missionary capacity. I love to go camping and hiking, any kind of outdoor pursuit or sport. I spend alot of time travelling to many different countries spending time with people and enjoying this beautiful earth. I try to be my best and consider myself to be a good guy. I am so happy!

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 14 I began to attend youth activities with my sister and as time went on I decided to attend the church. There I enjoyed spending time with members of the church and always felt so much better after going to church and being around members. After a while I allowed missionaries to come to my home and teach me about Jesus Christ and God's plan for me. They explained to me that I had a purpose and that God loves each of us. They taught me from the Book of Mormon and helped me to understand the Bible. As I continued to study, they encouraged me to pray and ask God if these things were true. As I kept praying there came into my heart and my mind no doubt in the truthfulness of the things the missionaries had been teaching me, questions I had always had were answered. But most importantly, was the feeling that I had when the missionaries came to my home, or when I was at church, even as I prayed and read the scriptures. The spirit of God entered into my heart and confirmed to me that these things are true. I made the decision to be baptised just before my 17th birthday and it is the best choice I have ever made. My life has been so blessed by my decision to follow Jesus Christ and to live His teachings, there is no way I would ever go back to my old way of life. I know that this is Christs church on the earth today, that He died for me and so through repentence I have been able to feel that forgiveness of sins. I have experienced the Saviours love for me and that, means everything to me.

How I live my faith

Each day, I turn to the Lord in prayer and seek His will for me from the scriptures. Sometimes this leads to certain promptings to do different things to call certain people to visit others. Even go to obscure places. Each time I follow these promptings I have seen miracles take place, not always immediately but it has been a true blessing every time. Each month as a hometeacher I go to visit members of the church in their homes. Along with another member of the church we share a spiritual message to help them, sometimes they need help with certain tasks in their home, for instance decorating, etc. So, we go and help them - I love it!

In whom should we have faith?

James
All faith should be founded, centred, based and built upon Jesus Christ. We trust and believe not only that Jesus Christ lived and walked on the earth performing miracles, but we trust what he said, what he taught. We need to have that courage to leap out and rely upon Jesus Christ. It is not impossible, it is not a one time event, continually throughout our life we need to turn back to the basics and that is that jesus is the Christ, that he died for us so we can be clean from sin. Allowing us to return one day to live with God again and to be with our families for eternity. No one else can do this for us! Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

James
Typically because they misunderstand what a cult is. It seems that quite generally they have never invested much if any time to understanding the Church or its followers. Usually they don't know any mormons personally and so have a skewed perspective. Come to church and you tell me if you think it is a cult. I would be interested in hearing about what you think as a result. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

James
We help everyone and anyone! Doesn't matter who you are, where your from, what you have done. We are all God's children and want to help one another without letting invisible boundarys limit us! Christ taught us to love one another, we can show our love by looking outwards to helping others. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

James
No way! Great man, did so much good, but deffo don't worship him. Show more Show less

What is faith?

James
Faith is believing in something you cannot see but yet feel or know within you to be true. Not seeing or touching, but being sure that it is real/true. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

James
The common vision that we as members of the church have, to share what we have with others. Whether that be knowledge, understanding, love, happiness, comfort and spiritual security. We want everyone to have the most meaningful life they can have, and for eternal happiness after this life. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

James
Yes. (For further information come to church and see how we worship) Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

James
To serve a mission is a great honour. One that I am grateful for. I did not have to serve a mission and I was never forced to make such a decision. I wanted to serve and actively sought the opportunity - it is true that you don't have to be a missionary to help others or to share the gospel. But I wanted to devote all of my time and attention to sharing the gospel with others. This is what Christ taught, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations”. I have friends who have not served missions and friends who have. I do not view them differently and don't treat them differently. So, whilst there is a strong tradition of missionary service in the Church there is no compulsion or punishment if you choose not too! Show more Show less