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Hi I'm James

I'm a software developer and father of three soon to be four!. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the San Francisco bay area in California and the suburbs of Denver, CO. At an early age I was fascinated by computers, starting with our Commodore 64, and that has led me to a career in software development. I'm married to a beautiful woman and have three lovely daughters and a son on the way. When I get some spare time, I enjoy reading a good biography or a sci-fi/fantasy novel or watching a great soccer game. A mission to Portugal and a study abroad in Mozambique have piqued my interest in learning about other people, languages and cultures as well. Years of food service jobs during high school have left we with a love of cooking (though I find myself hard-pressed to do it much these days).

Why I am a Mormon

My family has been in the church for a few generations; some of the first members in my family joined in Denmark in the 19th century. I certainly value the examples of my forebears, some of whom were among the groups of Mormon pioneers who migrated from Europe to the American West and built new communities from scratch. They made great sacrifices to live according to their faith in God and conviction to do what they understood was asked of them. However, each person must ultimately decide for themselves what they choose to believe and how they'll live their life. As a teenager seeking my own identity and looking for independence from my parents, I naturally started thinking more about whether this "church stuff" was for me. Through sincere prayer and study, a feeling of comfort and peace about continuing in the Mormon faith came. While I've had, at times, some doubts along the way for various reasons, the same pattern of pondering, prayer and "listening" on a spiritual level, still brings that feeling of peace. As the years roll by, there is also a growing body of personal life experience that makes me thankful for the gospel and strengthens my faith that this is the right path for me.

How I live my faith

As a Mormon, I've had a variety of opportunities to help in the church from leading the congregational hymns to helping out with the cub scout program. Some of my favorite activity in the church has been simply getting to know the other members; learning from their examples and looking out for their well-being. I lived in the Houston area during hurricanes Katrina and Rita and remember fondly joining with other members on repeated occasions to go help with the cleanup efforts for those devastating events. On a more personal level, I strive to bring my life into harmony with the teachings of my Lord Jesus Christ, lifelong pursuit. I make an effort to study the scriptures each day and teach the principles of Christ's gospel to my children.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

I had a good (and very religious friend) once express some concern about his understanding that we worshiped our prophets (the first in modern times being Joseph Smith). While we are very grateful that the Lord has restored the gospel by calling prophets, as has been His pattern from the beginning, it is important to understand that we don't worship Joseph Smith or any of our prophets. We believe these are men called of God, just as Moses in the Old Testament or Peter in the New Testament who receive inspiration and direction from God for the benefit of the entire world. However, they are only men and we do not worship them. We worship our God and his Son, Jesus Christ. Show more Show less