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Hi I'm Joshua

I'm an eagle scout. I'm a thespian. I'm a friend. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a guy with many interests. In high school, my activities included academic decathlon, band, water polo, and theatre arts (Although it was the theatre that eventually caught my interest!) Since starting college, I've gotten involved in rock climbing, dancing, and philosophic debate as well. My dad got me involved with blacksmithing for a while, and I've dabbled with historic recreations. Basically, I'm not afraid to try any wholesome activity at least once, and the odds are that I'm going to enjoy whatever I decide to do. I'm a pretty laid-back guy; I love hanging out with my friends and I believe in letting people be themselves without judging them negatively. I'm a pretty liberal guy, and I get along with just about anyone who doesn't decide to dislike me first. About the only thing I can't stand is bigotry in any form.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I have experienced first-hand the joys of knowing God's Plan of Happiness and I know that there's no other way to find that joy. Although both my parents were members of the church, I learned for myself very early on that the things I was being taught were true. My faith in Christ has gotten me past many trials, and every good decision I've made can be traced back to my fundamental knowledge that I am a child of God, that He loves me, and that if I behave in a way that makes Him proud of me, I'll be happy as well. I know that He has a plan for us all, and that when I do my best to maintain an eternal perspective when making decisions, I'll be stronger and happier in this life and the life to come.

How I live my faith

Currently, I'm serving a full-time mission for the church. I've decided to take two years of my life and dedicate it to sharing the gospel with anyone who wants to hear it.

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Joshua
This is kind of a tricky one for me to answer. As I've stated, I disagree with any form of bigotry, and believe that discrimination of all sorts goes against God's will. I've received personal assurance that I am supposed to be fighting against discrimination and bigotry in all forms, and that includes discrimination against homosexuals and anyone else in the LGBT community. But please do not take that statement, or my previous political activism (completely on hold during my mission) and believe that I disagree with the teachings of the church. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not actively discriminate against homosexuals. It is fully possible for those who are attracted to the same gender to be exemplary members of the church in full standing. That being said, any sexual relation outside of a legal and lawful marriage is a violation of the Law of Chastity, and The Family: A Proclamation to the World declares that marriage is a religious ordinance with eternal consequences that is to be performed only between a man and a woman. As such, although homosexuality, meaning the attraction to people of the same gender, is not condemned, any active member of the church is expected to live the Law of Chastity. For homosexuals, youth, and any other unmarried members, this means no sexual relations whatsover. For those married members (which may someday include civil marriages, though the Church will never seal such a marriage eternally; but this is neither the time nor the place to discuss that), this means complete and total fidelity to their spouse. Though there are those that cry foul, claiming that this would prohibit homosexuals from ever being able to be sexually fulfilled, this doctrine is rooted deep within God's plan of Salvation, and the same obedience to the Law of Chastity is expected for ALL members. Also, though the church has come out against homosexual marriage, it has supported anti-discrimination acts ensuring basic civil rights such as a right to housing and hospital visitation. It is only when the issue is marriage, with the eternal consequences that implies, that the church is active against. Any discrimination or hate crime against homosexuals or anyone else is NOT condoned by the church, and goes against our core beliefs in God's love for ALL his children. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Joshua
TRUTH. I know that we make a lot of claims that sound extraordinary to people. We claim that God speaks to a prophet on the earth today, just like he did with Moses, Noah, Abraham, or any of the prophets of the Bible. We claim that a group of Jews left Jeruselem during the reign of Zedekiah to come settle in the Americas, that their civilization thrived for about a thousand years, and that their some of their descendents are still around. We claim that a young man, barely twenty years old found a record of this people, and that he translated it without any knowledge of foreign languages or formal learning; that he was led to it and translated it under the direction of God. We claim that only we have the authority from God to act in His name and perform His sacred ordinances. We claim that we existed before we were born as spiritual children of our Heavenly Father, and that we will exist after we die in a spiritual world awaiting the time when Christ comes again and that everyone will be resurrected and judged of God. We claim that families are eternal, and that we will be able to live with our parents, ancestors, spouse, children, and descendents forever. These are strong claims. They are either true or they are not; there is no middle ground. They are true, and God will tell anyone who asks Him about these claims with an open heart and a sincere desire to know that they are true. That is why the Church is growing so rapidly. Show more Show less