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Hi I'm Joshua Mathews

I am from Salem, Utah. I enjoy sports, reading, talking with others, having a good laugh, and just being me, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

There is a lot I could say to tell you about myself, I could tell you a lot of things, but the easiest thing that I could say is that I like having a good time. I really enjoy playing sports, from rugby to ballroom to Tae Kwan Do to golf, and even a game of chess; it's all good, I love it all. In my down time I love reading; my favorites fall in the High Fantasy genre, books like the Wheel of Time Series, or The Lord of the Rings. Someday I might just write something.... But really I just enjoy reading in general. What I want to do with my life is get into Crimminal Psychology, and Law Enforcement. I want to go into the FBI or be SWAT; but ultimately, I want to be able to help people get through their rough and sometimes shady lives they may be living, and give back to the community. I enjoy being with my family. They are so important to me. I have an older sister who is on of my hero's; her husband is really chill and an all-around great guy, and they recently had their first child. I also have two younger brothers that are twins (they are the best bros one could ever have). My dad is my best friend, and my mom is the greatest mom ever (she makes amazing enchiladas). Growing up was tough. I often fought with my parents, but my senior year of high school I was able to start developing a stronger relationship with all my family. I am grateful I was able to do this, it has blessed my life and has helped me appreciate them all the more!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I was raised in the church, and if I hadn't of been born a mormon, I don't know where I would be today. But that's not the real reason why I am a Mormon; I am a Mormon because I have fonud out for myself that this is God's only true and living church. As a teenager, I only went through the motions of faith. A Sunday-Saint, if you will. I never gained a testimony of this church and faith until I was seventeen. During those years I was never truly happy, in fact I was rather angry with everything. But thankfully, I was able to ask God for myself if he was there and if He loved me, and if this was his truth. This knowledge brought happiness; a happiness and joy that I cannot deny, nor is imagined. It is real. I am Mormon because it makes me happy, and brings joy and peace into my life; as it will for any sincere searcher of truth. I know that Our Heavenly Father and his Son, Jesus Christ, live, and they love each and everyone of us perfectly. I know that Joseph Smith restored God's one and only true and living church, and that he translated the Book of Mormon. I know that the Book of Mormon is true, and is the most correct book on the earth today. It will bless you and your families lives. It has for me and mine. I know that by following Christ and His Gospel we will return to live with our Father in Heaven. The knowledge that I have received in my lif is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I recently returned from serving a two year mission in Long Beach California. Now I live my Faith by studying the from the scriptures, and praying everyday. I also live my faith by relying on and having faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement. To put it simply, to rely on His grace. I know that because of His grace I can not only be saved, but by his grace I am able to change and pattern my life after Christ's. I know that I often fall short of following His example, but because of the grace he gives us I am able to try again and continue learning what is right. Living my faith is at the core of who I am, and because I know that Christ lives, we can find true joy in our lives.

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Joshua Mathews
We have Twelve Apostles because that is how it is established in the bible: [The Church of Jesus Christ is] built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone (Eph. 2:20). If the apostles were only meant to be in the time of Christ, then why was Judas Iscariot replaced with his betrayal and death? It is because the Twelve Apostles were to direct the Lord's church. The reason is still the same today. we have Twelve Apostles because this is the Lord's Church. Christ is our ever-living head. The Twelve Apostles along with the First Presidency (the Prophet and his two counselors) direct the affairs of the church under the direction of Jesus Christ himself. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Joshua Mathews
"Faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things; therefore if ye have faith ye hope for things which are not seen, which are true." (Alma 32:21) We read in Hebrews 11:1, "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Faith is a principle of action and power. Whenever we are working towards a worthy goal, we are exercising faith. Alma 32:16 states: "Therefore blessed are they who humble themselves without being compelled to be humble, or rather, in other words, blessed is he that believeth in the word of God, and is babtized without stubborness of heart." True faith is humility before God to believe and act on his word. Alma compares faith to a seed. If we were to plant a seed and nourish it, and if it is a good seed it will grow and eventually bear fruit. The growth of the seed and the eventual fruit is the evidence that the seed we planted is good. It is the same with faith. When we are obedient to God’s commandments, study His word, and have a desire to believe in Christ, faith will grow inside of us. As this happens, the evidence of truth is seen, and eventually understood. Faith is not complacency, it requires diligent work. Faith requires us to act, and follow God's commandments; and as we do, God will bless us, and we will be happy. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Joshua Mathews
We must of faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement. Only in the name of Christ are we able to be saved. In the book of Acts, chapter 14, Peter states and testifies: "Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazereth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." (Acts 14:10-12). Because of the glory and goodness of God; He sent Jesus Christ, that through him, we may be saved as we believe in his name. When we trust in, and have faith in Christ, we will desire to all that we can that is good. We will want to repent of our sins and be baptized in his name, and "be called his people, and are willing to bear one another's burdens that they may be light; yea, and are willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in, even until death, that ye may be redeemed of God and be numbered with thouse of the first resurrection, that ye may have eternal life-" (Mosiah 18:8-9). All this comes as we have faith, a faith that requires action, a faith that will bless us beyond mesure, a faith centered on Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Joshua Mathews
The Atonement of Jesus Christ is the most supreme act of love and sacrifice. In ST John 15:13, Chirst said: "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his own life for his friends." Truly there was no greater act of love then the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Because Jesus Christ committed no sin, and he suffered horribly. Ultimately, he willing gave up his life; taking upon himself the consequence of sin and sorrow, enabling compassion, hope, and mercy to come about, and over power the demands of justice (Alma 34:15). In making this sacrifice for all, he has the power and right to demand certain actions from all men. -Just like a mother paying the price for her child's piano lessons. A price that the child could not pay themselves; and in so doing, she can ask her child to practice at home between lessons and performances, so does Christ asks things of us.- He could have asked anything of us, but all he asks of us is that we have faith in him, repent of our sins, be baptized by immersion and then confirmed a member of his church by one having authority, receive the Holy Ghost, and then endure to the end by our willing obedience to his commandments. Only in so doing (because of our hope and faith in his Atonement) can we return to live with Christ and our Heavenly Father! Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Joshua Mathews
The law of polygamy was given because it was of a question that Joseph Smith the Prophet asked the Lord while translating the Bible. The question arose because of the multiple wives of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David, and Solomon. So the Lord gave this commandment to his people for a time. As it has been said, this is the Dispensation of the Fullest of times, and all things that were revealed in dispensations past were and are to be revealed in this dipensation, and polygamy was on of those revelations. God had his people live the principle, and then after the Saints lived the principle, in 1890, he Lord commanded a cease to the teaching and practice of plural marriage (Official Declaration 1). The Lord only uses polygamy as the means to establish his people upon the earth; once this is accomplished, his law of marriage is monogamy. One Man, One Wife- One Eternal Family. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Joshua Mathews
NO!!! The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints does not practice polygamy, nor support it in any way. Any member that is found practicing polygamy is excommunicated. Yes, mormons did in the past practice polygamy, but at the time it was not against the laws of the land to do so; and plural marriage was to be practiced only when under the direction of the Prophet and President of the church. The law of polygamy was given because it was of a question that Joseph Smith the Prophet asked the Lord while translating the Bible. The question arose because of the multiple wives of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David, and Solomon. As such, the Lord gave this commandment to his people for a time. As it has been said, this is the Dispensation of the Fullest of Times, and all things that were revealed in dispensations past were and are to be revealed in this dipensation, and polygamy was one of those revelations. God had his people live the principle, and then after the Saints lived the principle, in 1890, he Lord commanded a cease to the teaching and practice of plural marriage (Official Declaration 1). The Lord will use polygamy as the way and means of establishing covenanted people upon the earth, so that they may take his gospel and blessings to all the earth. Once this is[was] accomplished, his law of marriage is monogamy. One Man, One Wife - One Eternal Family. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Joshua Mathews
I love the doctrine of grace. Of ourselves, we cannot hope to return to live with our Heavenly Father. We would have no hope of resurrection (which really is, by grace, Christ's free gift to all mankind). Grace gives hope to our lives. it is only because of grace that we can be forgiven our our sins as we repent. In so saying it is important to remember that is because of Christ's Atonement that we are saved from the woes of sin. It is as we trust and have faith in God that we are able to return to live with him. As we rembember grace and mercy we also must remember justice. They cannot exist without the other. God is perfectly just; just demands perfection. But being perfectly just, he must also provide a means of redemption and forgiveness (grace and mercy), but his law must be followed as well. In knowing this God, our Heavenly Father, sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to redeem mankind from the fall as they believe on his name. We are free according to the flesh, but the choice is ours to accept the Gospel, and live it faithfully (unto eternal life), or to continue in our sins and choose eternal damnation. (2 Nephi 2). As we live accordingly to the teachings of the gospel, we can feel the love and grace of God in our lives. Christ said: "What manner of men ought ye to be? Verily, I say unto you, even as I am." It is through living the gospel that we are able to return to live with our Heavenly Father, because of the grace and mercy given through Christ.. Show more Show less