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Hi I'm Josh

I'm a Chinese major. I'm a husband. I'm an Iraq war veteran. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Having grown up in the Pacific Northwest, I love being outdoors: camping, hiking, backpacking, climbing, spelunking, you name it. I love the coast, I love the rain, and I love the snow. I also enjoy reading. I'll read anything that's good from bibliographies to Harry Potter. I love this nation and am proud to serve in its Armed Forces. I served a tour in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom VII and Operation New Dawn, in support of on-going Special Operations. Above all else I am devoted to my wife, my family, me country, and my religion.

Why I am a Mormon

Have you ever wanted to just separate yourself from the busyness of everyday life and stress and escape into nature? Maybe it sounds cliche, coming from Oregon and everything, but I did all the time. And then once you get there you feel peaceful and relaxed? That was a feeling I wanted in my life all the time. I wanted to have the feeling of contentment that what I was doing with my life, and in my life, was good and right. I realized at that time in my life, that nowhere else was I able to feel closer to my Heavenly Father than when I was alone in His outdoors. It was there that I found the courage to ask to be guided to the knowledge that would enable me to always feel that peace and contentment in my life. His answer solidified my faith and belief in this church. I will be forever grateful for the love He has shown me in guiding me to this knowledge. It has shaped my actions and resolve ever since. The happiness and peace and joy was well worth the time it took for me to find it.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being as upright a member and citizen as I can. We are all God's children and we all deserve the same respect and chances in life. The guys I serve with know I don't drink, swear, smoke, look at pornography, or belittle others. And they're always ready to defend me when someone who doesn't know or understand my standards gives me a hard time about them. This to me is just another example of why I try to be understanding of and compassionate towards others. Because in the end, we've got each others' backs.

What is being a Mormon like?

Being a Mormon is simply great! Let me explain. I have never, at any point in time, felt more peace and contentment in my life than when I am living the principles and precepts as set forth in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. From following the Word of Wisdom to honoring the Sabbath day, everything results in added joy and happiness in your life. It can be tough sometimes to stand up for your morals and standards (especially when deployed to a combat zone and to be considered as "one of the guys" you're expected to joke, drink, swear, etc.). But the satisfaction of knowing that you are living your life according to the way the Savior wants you to disperses all fears and doubts. There is nothing more rewarding than to be able to look at yourself in the mirror and be pleased with the way you are living (and to know the Lord and your Heavenly Father are pleased with you too). Show more Show less