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Hi I'm Josh

Dad. Teacher. Filmmaker. Mormon.

About Me

I am married to my best friend and we have one son who turned one in April of 2010. I am passionate about everything I do. I loved pursuing a degree in film production in college. After working in the film industry for a few years, I prayed and felt to transition to teaching. Now, I thoroughly enjoy teaching film at a charter high school. I'm so glad my Heavenly Father lead me to this place because the opportunity to form relationships with students and share with them my passion for film and for life is the most fulfilling professional work I've ever done. And, thanks again to my Heavenly Father, my family life is even better than my professional life! My wife and son and I (and baby # 2 who is on the way!) have our fair share of problems (again, baby # 2 is on the way) but we experience so much joy as we play, work, and worship our way through life. Life is a great thing that's best enjoyed in the service of others. Those relationships with God and with other people are what make life larger than life. It's a wonderful thing.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents raised me Mormon but when I was at college, I began to really question the Mormon faith. Prior to this time, I had had many spiritual experiences while living my faith but I was not sure if these experiences were really from God or simply emotional experiences. During this time, I read the scriptures a lot. Two scriptures were really helpful for me: Moroni 10:3-5 in the Book of Mormon taught me to pray to know what's true. John 7:17 in the New Testament taught me that living a doctrine can help me know if it is true or not. So, after having read and thought about these verses, I went running one morning. While running, I prayed to God and told Him about my concerns. I told Him that I wanted to follow whatever is true. I told Him that, up to that time, I'd been happy being a member of the Mormon church so I would continue doing so. I asked Him to show me, in his own time, as I kept living this faith, if the Mormon church was really His church. I told Him that I just wanted to do what's right and if the Mormon church was true, I would continue in that path, but if He showed me that some other church was true, I would follow that path instead. That same day, I had a powerful spiritual experience. Throughout the day, I felt something in my bones that was definitely not emotion. It is difficult to describe. I just felt the physical sensation of truth in my body that said to me that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is indeed Jesus Christ's church. That was a turning point in my life. So, even though I was raised Mormon, that is not why I'm Mormon. I continue to live the Mormon faith because I know it's from God. Every day that I continue to live it, I experience deep joy and satisfaction and form a deep relationship with my Heavenly Father. I love it.

How I live my faith

I pray and study the scriptures everyday, usually first thing in the morning. I just don't feel ready to live each day until I've done that. I strive to be a true friend, following my Savior's example of showing love and respect to everyone. I work especially hard to selflessly be there for my family, putting them before everything else.

Are Mormons Christians?

I think the best way to answer this question is to point out that the subtitle of the Book of Mormon is "Another Testament of Jesus Christ". Everything in the Mormon faith is focused around Jesus Christ and His sacrifice for us. I came to understand Christ's sacrifice and what is means for me personally by seriously studying the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Life's purpose is two-fold: (1) it is a test; and (2) it is a growing experience: 1) Life as a test: God sent us to earth where we cannot easily sense spiritual things and where we are prone to be selfish to see if we will follow Him even though we can't see Him and to see if we will put Him and the needs of our fellow man above ourselves. 2) Life as a growing experience: All of us know that life is hard. Responding in positive ways to those hardships helps us become better people. The hardships which I've faced in my life (which range from growing up with a bipolar mother to caring for a newborn baby to dealing with my own weaknesses) have been refining experiences that have enabled me to become the person God has made me into. I love that person. The test and the growing experience work together to help us become godlike people so that we can come together to form a godlike society in heaven. Show more Show less

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

We believe that God is our Father and that Jesus Christ is our Savior. We believe everyone is our spiritual brother and sister. We believe we are sent to earth to face challenges so that we can grow from the experience and, if we follow God's plan, we can return to God having learned to be better people. We believe that God has a prophet on the earth today who acts as His representative to reveal His plan so we know how to return. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Jesus Christ. Period. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

I give 10% to the Church to show my gratitude to Jesus Christ for giving His life for me. I love His Church and am grateful to be able to contribute to its growth. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Because it is true. Show more Show less