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Hi I'm James

I grew up in Tennessee. I am a CEO of a media and public relations firm, My wife and I have four amazing kids and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in East Tennessee in a college town name Johnson city. I grew up attending a large Baptist church in Johnson City had wonderful mother and step father. I joined the army at 17 years old and after my initial enlistment was over I attended East Tennesee State University. I later moved to Tampa Florida after graduation from college and earned my MBA at the University of South Florida. I met my lovely wife here in Tampa and we have been married since 1999. We have four amazing children. I am the CEO of a media and public relations firm here in Tampa with clients throughout the United States and I am active in my community serving on numerous boards and charities.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Baptist church and was saved at the age of 10. I attended church often growing up and always had a desire to have a closer relationship with my savior Jesus Christ. Even though I attended church often and read my scriptures, there were so many questions that I could not answer, like where did I come from? What is my purpose here? Where am I going after this life? What about the people who die without ever hearing even the name of Jesus Christ. As I grew up and moved away from home and began my career I met a friend that was a Mormon. I invited them to church with me and then I attended their Church. I can still remember the difference I felt at their Church. There was something there that was different. Something that I felt was from God. I continued to attend my own Baptist church, still remembering that wonderful feeling that I had at my friend's church for a couple of years. Finally my friend invited me to Church again and I jumped at the opportunity. I didn't know anything about the mormons, but I knew what I felt when I was at that church and I wanted to be there again. Later that day my friend introduced me to two young ladies who offered to teach me more about what the Church believed and what Jesus Christ ment to them. I agreed and met with them several times over the next few weeks. I remember how I felt when they taught me and that things that were new to me seemed to make so much sense, like it was something that I had known before but had been forgotten. I just remember nodding my head in agreement to so many of the things they were saying. They challenged me to read the Book of Mormon and then pray about it and ask God if it were true. I did read the book and I did ask God and I knew for myself that the book was from God and if it was indeed from God then the man who translated it must have been a prophet and if he was a prophet then the Church must also be God's Church. Shortly there after I was baptized in to God's Church

How I live my faith

I live my life trying my best to follow the example of Jesus Christ. I am active in serving in my community. I helped start an annual community event in the Tampa Bay area called "The Week of the Family" and look for every opportunity to try to teach my children to serve others, just as Christ did. I love my life in Christ's Church. In our faith, everyone has an opportunity to serve one another and since I joined the Church I have had many opportunities to serve others and to grow closer to my Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ from those experiences. I currently work with the missionaries in our congregation and help them teach other people who are interested in learning more about God's plan for them.

What is the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. It testifies of the truthfulness of the Bible. Everything you read in the Book of Mormon speaks of our Savior and his sacrifice for our sins. I have gained a better understanding of my Father in Heaven and my Savior Jesus Christ by reading the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Every willing member of the Church has many opportunities to render service, share talents, and gain new skills. Every week, women preach, teach, and lead in the Church on local and worldwide levels. In addition, women in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints belong to and lead the Relief Society, an organization of several million women worldwide. Women also lead the Church’s Young Women organization and the Primary, an organization for teaching children. The leaders of these organizations meet regularly in executive councils to help make decisions that affect the worldwide Church. These organizations also exist on the local level, with women participating in council meetings to discuss and direct the work of the Church in local units. A woman—the president of the Relief Society in each congregation—has a special role in working with the congregational leader, or bishop, to meet the needs of members who may struggle financially or who may face other special challenges in their lives. The priesthood—the authority of God to perform ordinances and act in His name—is conferred only on worthy male members of the Church. Men who hold the priesthood have no advantage over women in qualifying for salvation or eternal life through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less