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Hi I'm Josh

I'm a father of three and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I married my beautiful wife a some years ago and now we have three crazy, wonderful boys. I had always wanted to be a dad, but now as a dad I love it more than I ever thought I would (that is even with the 'occasional' screaming, sickness, stubbornness, hitting, kicking and stinky diapers that come with the territory). I wouldn't trade this new job of mine for anything. Currently I'm working in the silicon valley. In my scattered few moments of "spare time" I love working on entrepreneurial ideas and creative writing projects. I love creating and fixing things. And most weekends you'll find me out with my boys, in my garden, or at church with my family. I also love talking about virtually any topic (although if you want to talk about how much you love the "Twilight" series I may not be the one to talk to, but if you want to talk about it... I'll try). I love life, despite its challenges.

Why I am a Mormon

The faith and example of my parents played a large role in why I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints today. I grew up being taught from both the Bible and the Book of Mormon hand-in-hand. From the pages of the Bible I was able to learn of Christ's life as he healed the sick and taught his gospel openly and though cherished stories called parables. From the pages of the Book of Mormon I was able to learn that Heavenly Father doesn't just speak to one group of people about his son Jesus Christ, he uses his prophets to speak to as many groups as will listen. From both books I learned that Jesus Christ is indeed the savior of my soul. I learned that God does speak directly to his children here upon the earth, and that he gives us his gospel in its most pure form by revealing it to his prophets, which pattern started with Adam and continues today. From both books I learned that in order to act in God's name you must have authority given to you by someone who has the authority to give it. I am a Mormon because I prayed with all my heart to know if God lived, if Jesus really was the savior of my soul, and if God's word really was found in both the Bible and the Book of Mormon. From my pleadings to God I felt the strongest confirmation of truth I have ever experienced in my life. I felt a peace that warmed my soul. I am a Mormon because I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the church of Christ.

How I live my faith

Despite being busy with work, and family one of the most fulfilling parts of my life is the time I spend serving those I attend church with and those within my community. Through church I have had the opportunity to serve my neighbor in so many ways, from helping a neighbor move to helping someone find work. Within the gospel of Jesus Christ come many opportunities to act as Jesus Christ would act and serve our brother or sister as he would. Wanting to use whatever time I could to serving those around me, I have spent time working with autistic children helping them develop the skills needed to concentrate, develop, and grow. I am currently not active in this, but while I was active it was amazing to me to watch children who could barely say a few words to then grow and become a child who could fully interact both verbally and physically with the world around them in a relatively short period of time. Parents were able to communicate with their children in ways they may have never thought possible. My life is full of weaknesses and challenges, but I am grateful that what little I can do can be of some benefit to my neighbor. I think it is important for everyone to destroy discouragement, frustration, and even depression by using our time to serve each other. Nothing has ever made me happier than forgetting myself and going to work.

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Josh
Central pieces of God's plan are families and human life. Our life on this earth is most precious. If you are someone that believes in the Bible you can see that God has placed some stern commandments on not taking human life. He has also given us guidance as to when it is just to take the life of another person. For example, when your life is being threatened by another, God teaches us from the scriptures and from modern day prophets that it is okay to take the life of that person in defense. What does this all have to do with abortion and the Church's position? We believe that abortion should never be used as a form of birth control. That even advising abortion as a method of birth control is a serious sin. The only times we have been counseled that abortion may be an option is when the mother's life is in danger and a professional doctor confirms it, or when a woman has been raped or involved in incest, or when a doctor says the child will be born with defects that will not allow it to live much beyond birth. The church's position isn't that you SHOULD have abortions under those circumstances, but that those circumstances are the only ones where a potential mother can justify an abortion and not sin against God's laws. Even then, abortion should only be chosen after careful consideration and prayer. No matter when you believe the spirit enters the body, the growing baby inside a woman is a growing person and must be treated as any other person should! Show more Show less