Growing up in Utah there is one thing that everyone knows about this state, there are a lot of Mormons and they play a part in the lives of anyone living here. A couple of weeks ago I was asked to go and speak at a symposium with the intent to help spread the message that there is more than one way to do Mormonism. This wasn’t easy for me to agree to because my views are very much my own and they are not necessarily mainstream for someone in the LDS church or outside of the LDS church. But I decided to do it anyways because I wanted to help spread this message of love that they were promoting.
I shared the stage that day with an active LDS bishop, a man who currently has 5 wives, a gay man in a marriage with his partner and 2 adopted kids, a black woman who is single and raising a few children, and myself a single 36 year old that loves his Mormon background but also has carved enough of his own path that he is no longer considered mainstream LDS.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from the event but it was beautiful and amazing and something that I wish everyone in the entire state could have been to. It was a message of love and I think above all else that is what God wants out of his children. It was a similar message to what I have experienced every time I have talked with James the Mormon.
James took on a very controversial name in the sense that it isn’t always popular in Utah to be considered a Mormon. Especially not when you are singing rap and pop music with that title attached. James though doesn’t care because he is a unifier and he wants to help bring both sides of the religious community here in Utah together. That is his message, that is who he is, and that is why I wanted him to be one of the first people that I welcomed on to the podcast. His interview will surprise and inspire you as you get to know a man that isn’t trying to throw religion in your face but rather is trying to share love and compassion for all.
I was with a close friend of mine as we interviewed James and this friend happens to be atheist. He used to be a member of the LDS church but left several years ago and no longer believes in any of it. What I loved most about this entire interview was that after James left this friend turned to me and said, “What an amazing guy and example of what a great Mormon is”. I have nothing but love for James, he spreads love as do I. To me nothing is black and white anymore, it is all about the gray and in the gray it is all about love, motivations and intentions. This is why I can bring someone like James on here because I know his heart and I know whether you are Mormon or not, you can be uplifted hearing his story and how he launched his exceptional life and very successful music career. Enjoy!
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