What Is a Church Community?
Loading.....

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Joshua

I'm a geek. I enjoy cooking, photography, science and technology. I have four daughters and a very busy home. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've worked in the computer business for over 15 years now testing software. In my work, I am passionate about process improvement and data analysis. I spend time trying to make software development more efficient, but also more fun. I'm excited about crowd-sourcing and games at work. I have four daughters, and they keep me hopping. The oldest is hitting the teenage years and the youngest is starting school. There is no end to the list of things to do at our house between school activities and extra-curricular activities. We also have a lot of pets including a hermit crab, two leopard geckos, and three rabbits. The girls would love to have more animals... we'll see.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised a Mormon, with two parents who joined the church as adults, but I stay a Mormon because I believe having faith in something makes me a better, more well-rounded person. But that is not the core of my beliefs. I have been blessed greatly in my life to learn about my Savior, Jesus Christ, and the power of forgiveness that can be part of my life. I have that power in my life when I put aside my selfish desires, and serve my family and others when I attend meetings with friends and other people looking for completeness in their lives. Of course I face challenges in my life, but my faith, along with good friends in my neighbors, but also at church help me and my family. Those are values I want my children to learn. And, though those values are not unique to being a Mormon, I believe that those values are found in nearly all Mormons, and I am honored to be counted among that group.

How I live my faith

I live my faith with some personal priorities: - I strive to never been offended, but to listen to and understand other perspectives - I strive to be kind to everyone I meet - I strive to be patient with colleagues, friends, family and occasionally bad drivers I live my faith by serving my congregation in a role where I can help people nearly every day I live my faith by being willing to listen and learn whenever I can I live my faith by treating others with respect

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Joshua
This is a question that is particularly interesting to me. The Church's official stand is neutral when it comes to political parties. Yet, in the United States, it does seem that many Mormon's seem to align themselves with a more conservative approach to governance. But, I don't believe that ends the story. The Church's official statement includes this phrase: "Principles compatible with the gospel are found in the platforms of all major political parties." I really love that statement. That tells me that even people who are passionate about other political opinions are welcome to be a member and participate fully in church activities. Since I am one of those, whose opinions may fall outside the "conservative" views, I am happy that my own family and I are warmly welcomed to attend, participate and become part of the church family. There aren't a lot of people who vote the same as I do, but there are some, and we are all welcomed the same way. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Joshua
Faith is more than just believing in something. Faith is what it takes to act upon a belief. In other words, faith is the combination of belief and action. By acting in accordance with what we believe, we can be blessed, and receive a strengthening of our faith through the Holy Ghost as we act on beliefs that are true. That blessing from the Holy Ghost helps us to know that our beliefs are true. But, that blessing requires action on our part. Show more Show less