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Hi I'm Josh

I'm a son of God, husband, father, book worm, computer geek, and am tickled pink to be Mormon. Say "Hi," I won't bite.

About Me

Happily married with six kids (6!) and living the dream in Hawaii. A licensed pilot, HAM technician, technology evangelist (a.k.a. "geek"), RPG enthusiast, university professor, amateur astronomer, and nice guy. I work for Brigham Young University - Hawaii as a faculty member in the Computer and Information Systems CIS department. Overall, life is good. How about you?

Why I am a Mormon

Because the doctrines and principles espoused by Mormons, as contained in the Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, Pearl of Great Price, and as revealed by Prophets and Apostles, are true. I'm a Mormon because Jesus Christ is the Son of God, our Brother, and best Friend. I'm a Mormon because Christ is a distinctly separate individual in physical manifestation from the Father, who is the Father of my - and your - Spirit. I'm a Mormon because I seek to follow the Master in daily living (see above), with daily recognition notwithstanding of my imperfections. I'm a Mormon because the Holy Ghost has borne witness to my Spirit in a way that transcends mortal experience that God loves me, I am His son, Jesus is my Savior, and this is His Church. Why am I a Mormon? Because it's true.

How I live my faith

One day at a time. After all, imagine your busiest day. Go ahead. Now imagine you had double the business in the same amount of time. No thanks. Living one day at a time is enough - and sometimes it seems more than enough!

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Josh
Grace is a fundamental belief of the Mormon Church. Indeed, grace is at the heart of our Second Article of Faith: "We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel. Mormons additionally believe grace is eternally coupled with the doctrine of agency. God's grace is sufficient to save all His children and creations - that is, if they will let Him. Our individual agency is of utmost importance to Heavenly Father. Accordingly, His full grace is available to all that desire His fulness, as He will not coerce anyone into heaven. Do our actions justify us for salvation? May I realistically expect salvation when I but merely express belief? No, because we're still sinners. Only His atonement - His grace - can justify us. To the extent we emulate the perfect pattern the Lord lived and taught in scripture, we manifest our sincere desire for the fulness of His grace, reflected in our thoughts, words, and deeds. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Josh
No. Emphatically, unequivocally, no. Mormons worship God the Eternal Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. Those three individuals comprise the Godhead, and are the only individuals whom Mormons worship. Joseph Smith was a Prophet of God on the North American continent during the 19th century. Under divine guidance he was responsible for the restoration of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We honor and revere him as a chosen Prophet of the Lord, like the children of Israel revered ancient Prophets such as Moses and Elijah. We sustain Joseph Smith as a Prophet, Seer, and Revelator - as with Apostles in our time - whom the Lord selected to direct the affairs of His Kingdom established on Earth. However, it is God the Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost whom we worship, exclusively. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Josh
We believe the Holy Ghost is a member of the Godhead, together with God the Father and God the Son Jesus Christ. We believe those three individuals to be separate, distinct persons. Although the Father and Son have physical, tangible bodies of flesh and bone - though perfected and glorified - the Holy Ghost is a personage of Spirit and does not have a physical body. God the Father is the literal Father of our spirits and Jesus Christ is His Son, born into physical mortality on Earth and resurrected to a perfected body following the crucifixion. However, the identity of the Holy Ghost or personal relationship to the Father, Son, or us, if any, has not been revealed to the Church. We do know His purpose or role in the Father's plan to redeem His children, though. The Holy Ghost is a testator and revelator. His is the mission to instill a testimony within the soul of all those that diligently seek. Moreover, His is the mission to progressively perfect mankind - through the operative power of the Atonement - as sins are purged and replaced with spiritual qualities and gifts. Ultimately, it is His mission to testify to mankind Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God the Father and furthermore, to testify that ordinances performed on Earth by duly authorized representatives and held inviolate by faithful Saints are binding in the hereafter. Show more Show less