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Hi I'm James

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a husband and father of five young children. I enjoy sports (tennis, basketball, football, softball, mountain biking, skiing, etc), the outdoors (hiking, camping, backpacking, hunting, etc), and music (singing and piano). I have an MBA degree, and am a professional project manager. I've found true peace and happiness in my life through following Jesus Christ by loving and serving others, living his gospel, trying to raise an honorable family, reading the scriptures, going to the temple, and feeling the influence of the Holy Ghost on a regular basis.

Why I am a Mormon

Both my parents are Mormon (my mother as a teenager converted along with her mother during World War II), so I was born a Mormon so to speak. Over my life however, I have discovered for myself the truthfulness of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (also called Mormons) through feeling the Holy Ghost as I've read the Bible and the Book of Mormon (a record of God's dealings with the ancient American people-- just as the Bible is a record of God's dealings with people in the ancient Palestine area). I have learned for myself, independent of my parents (or anyone else for that matter), the truthfulness of Christ's gospel and Church.

How I live my faith

Although I don't claim perfection by any means, I do try to live my faith by following the example of Jesus Christ. I believe that includes being a good citizen of my country, serving and being kind to others, serving in my community, donating money to the poor and other worth while causes (as I'm able), and serving in my church (we have no paid clergy, so members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, of their own free will and choice, donate their time and efforts to maintaining church services, congregational needs, and church buildings).

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

James
Often people ask me why non-Mormons can't go inside our temples. I respond that they are always welcome to any of the our chapels, which is where we worship each Sunday and have activities. However temples are sacred places that only members of the church that live up to Christlike standards are allowed inside (so even some Mormons who are struggling with their religion are not allowed inside). Some also wonder if what happens inside is secret. I respond that it isn't. It's sacred. One way of looking at it is just as there are types of prayers that are for everyone-- prayers at political gatherings, prayers from the pulpit at church, prayers to bless food, etc. And there are personal prayers, just those ones that are between you and God. These types of prayers are not secret, they're just sacred, wherein you can open the feelings of your heart to Him that probably aren't appropriate from the pulpit, or in other public settings. In the temple I feel that same sense of direct connection between myself and my God, just between us. It's sacred and special. I wish that everyone could be worthy to go to the temple and have this experience! Show more Show less