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Hi I'm Joshua

I work in the film industry. Recently traded 'fast lane' CA for small town AZ.

About Me

I grew up in northern California, went to college to study film/animation. After a 2 year mission to Nicaragua for the church, I got married and moved to Los Angeles to enter the film industry. I am now a freelance motion graphics designer and animator, working from home, but often making the trip back to LA to work at various studios and agencies. I'm a father of three young children. We love to read together or play board games. My happiest times are when we are all together playing or learning or just being silly. My wife and I felt different in LA, like people thought we were weird for having kids and believing in Christ and trying to uphold traditional conservative family values. So we recently moved to Arizona, where we have lots of family and great support in our faith.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the church, but I didn't really start making my own decisions about faith until I was twelve years old. I was starting to see all my friends from school getting into parties and activities that involved behavior inconsistent what what I had always been taught to be correct. So I decided I better find out for myself if these teachings were the truth or if religion was just some man-made way of "guilting" people into submission. I needed to know, because if it was all a hoax then I wanted to go to those parties! I read the Bible and I read the Book of Mormon all the way through for the first time. Then I prayed to God and asked if the scriptures, in particular the Book of Mormon, were truly his words. During that honest, heart-felt prayer I felt a great feeling of peace and gratitude. I felt that this feeling was an answer from God that the gospel of Jesus Christ as taught in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was the truth. I decided then that I would continue my studies. Once I knew the truth for myself, it was easy to continue living that gospel. I never did make it to any of those parties! Now I am grown and married, with kids of my own, and my testimony of the truth of this gospel has been strengthened by countless experiences, prayers answered, and moments of peace and joy each time I make good choices. As a teenager my experience was largely intellectual. I loved studying and learning and teaching the gospel to others. But as a parent my experience with the gospel has been more emotional. When I follow the teachings of Christ, I feel happier. I feel peaceful. I feel grateful for what I have. I feel a sense of purpose and direction in life. I feel loved, and I feel love for others, especially my family. I feel great satisfaction in helping others in need. On the other hand, when I become casual in my living of the gospel and start to pay more attention to worldly things, I feel anxious. I feel needy. I feel insecure. I feel lazy. I feel the need to complain about life. I feel that I don't have enough of the things that I want. Not enough time to myself. Not enough toys that I want. Not as much money as I wish. Me, me, me, me, me. It doesn't take great intellect to know which of those two groups of feelings is more desirable. More fulfilling. That's why I choose to continue living the gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

As a family we are very active in our faith. Every Sunday we attend church, where we have made many friends with other families that have kids the same age as ours. Belonging to the Mormon church provides an instant network of people who live in close proximity to each other, and who all share similar values and faith, so only a few months after our big move we already had a circle of friends for our kids to play with and for us parents to relate to at church. My wife and I are both instructors for adult Sunday school classes, in which we teach the doctrines and values of the scriptures and the life of Jesus Christ. Throughout each week we also look for any opportunities to live and/or share our faith. Every Monday night is a special family night, when we sit together for a short lesson from the scriptures and then a fun activity for the kids. I remember doing this growing up with my brothers and parents; it's great now to see my own kids get excited for Monday nights to roll around - our special family night is usually the highlight of each week for me. At first the kids were just rowdy and unmanageable, but over time they have come to enjoy the lessons and participate appropriately. Also, every night at bedtime also provides great family time as we read a quick scripture story and then kneel together for a family prayer. Things don't always go smoothly. The kids don't always pay attention or behave well, and sometimes we all get crabby or annoyed or tired. But trying to be consistent with these practices has strengthened our bond as a family. The teachings of the gospel of Jesus Christ have shown me how to be a better father and husband. It's been years since I just plopped down in front of the television at night and flipped through the channels for hours. We don't even have TV anymore! Each night after work is now filled with family - whether eating dinner or playing a game or reading a book. We sit together, we laugh together, sometimes we just listen together. The church has shown me how to live this way. I will always be grateful for that.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Joshua
The purpose of this life is to discover - through our own experiences - the true source of real joy and happiness. This joy and happiness comes from following the teachings of Jesus Christ: Love others. Serve others. Families. Kindness. Patience. Forgiveness. Honesty. Moral purity. Every experience in this life (and especially the tragedies and challenges) will help us to refine these attributes in ourselves, as well as provide opportunities to help refine these attributes in those around us (our families especially). Show more Show less