Hi I'm Joshua Camp
I love to study history and mythology, i am currently working on an American Studies degree with an emphasis on Folklore. I also enjoy being out side hiking, mountain biking, hunting, fishing, skiing, and especially camping. I love to be in the mountains, it is one of the places i feel close to God. I come from a classic big Mormon family, my dad, my mom, 2 brothers, and 5 sisters, whom I love vary much. My family is one of the most important things to me in my life, and I can't imagine my life being happy if even one of them was not there, and I am so thankful to God for my family and for the opportunity for me to be with them forever.
Why I am a Mormon
The way i see it everything I have is a gift from God, down to the vary air I breath. He has given me things that have made my life happy, such as my family, my home, and the scriptures. I love to study religions which is why I am working towards a degree in folklore. I have read many different sacred texts and have found truth in many of them, but the ones that struck me as 100% true would be those that testify of Jesus Christ. I have read the Bible, and through the power of Gods holy spirit he has let me know that it is true. I have also read and studied the words of the Prophet Joseph Smith, and through that same power of God I know that he was called of God to bring back the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I have also studied the words of the living prophet to day Thomas S. Monson and just as I know that the Bible is of God and that Joseph Smith was called as a prophet of God, I know that he has been called of God to lead us in these days. I have read The Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ, and I know through the same spirit of God, that it is the word of God and that it truly testifies that Jesus Christ is the savior of the world, and of his love for all his children. I know that these things are true, but don't take my word for it. Gain this knowledge for yourself by kneeling down before your God and praying to him through Jesus Christ, and he will let you know through the Holy Spirit that these things are true.
Please explain the part prayer plays in your life?
Prayer is so important to me because it is how i talk to God. I pray several times a day because i know that God will listen to me, because he loves me. Because he loves me, and because he is all knowing he answers my questions and gives me council on what i need to do to make my life happier. I know that God will help me with all my concerns and decisions, he is my heavenly father as well as yours, and as such he knows you personally, and he loves you. He waits to hear from you just as any parent waits to here from their children, who have gone away.
How has your knowledge of the Plan of Happiness changed/benefited your life?
The Plan of Happiness is the greatest message anyone could ever receive, this plan changes how I look at life every day. Because I know that death is not the end of this life I can take great comfort and reassurance that as long as I am following Gods will and keeping his commandments, that everything that will happen to me in this life will be for my good and something that I can learn from. Even though our trials may be hard we can now that as long as we are in line with God, all of our suffering and pain will be rewarded. That reward is greater then anything that we could possibly imagine in this world. I know that through God's Plan of Happiness that I can be with my family and my friends, those that i care about most, forever and that we will live with all those that we love in eternal happiness if we can but follow God's will, that is God's promise to us and he can not lie. because of this I strive every day to follow God more Obediently, and that alone has increased my joy even in this life, the best part about God's plan is that we can receive that happiness as soon as we choose to follow his will.
How I live my faith
I am currently serving my God by serving a mission. As I said before God has given me everything and by following his commandments I have been blessed with uncountable blessings and happiness. I am doing as he commanded in the Bible to serve him by serving his children, or my fellow man. I wish simply for others to share the immense blessings and happiness that i have received, by knowing that I am a literal child of God, and that he loves me. Because he loves me he has sent his son Jesus Christ to give me a way that I may repent of all the mistakes that I have made. Because he loves me he had his prophets of old record their stories to witness of him and to let me know what I need to do, and he has given me prophets to lead and guide me to day.