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Hi I'm Joshua Aufderheide

I'm a Mormon. I served in the U.S. Army for 5 years. I am currently a Student at U.C. Santa Cruz, studying economic development.

About Me

I am a Army Veteran. I try my best to honor that and those that came before me to protect our nation and pay the price for freedom. I grew up as non-member. In my childhood I was very rebellious, I had to experience everything, which a large part concentrated on bad things. Though I knew everyone could see my good heart and it stayed true. I also spent time on good things in life: skateboarding, snowboarding, collegiate wrestling, baseball, theater arts and some really great friends that did not let me quit. I currently still try to skateboard and snowboard, but my body doesn't heal like it use to, so I have started surfing. Which is awesome at the moment because I live in Surf City USA. Currently I am a student studying economics and concentrate on international and development economics. I perceive economics as a way to help alleviate tension for the poor and needy so as to allow them to progress in life. I saw in my military experience that "Soldiers prepared for way are not the best way to make peace". I have tried to understand how to make better decision for people so that loss of life and threats to resources don't occur.I hope to soon work with agencies that provide assistance to the impoverished, and use my background in economics to find incentives so that all people can live providently.

Why I am a Mormon

I am Mormon because I have to be.I testify that this is the church that has the fullness of Gospel, that pertains to all we need to return to our Heavenly Father. There are 4 main questions that our church will answer that now other church can. One, who are we? Two, Where do we come from? 3, why are we here?. And finally, where are we going? These answers are pertinent to have faith and set goals that will make you the best and happiest person you can be. Being Mormon, is a gift given to me by Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost saved me by testifying the truth of the Book of Mormon and that I should be baptized. Like Saul I was a man in anger, I live today with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, from the Iraq war. I struggle with the acts I partook of in Iraq and the pain I saw in my friends and the people there. Like Saul, I was in anger on the road back from work one day, wondering why I was here and in such pain, why I was losing all the people I loved and held closed. The Holy Ghost basically could no longer whisper to me, the spirit yelled to me that I needed to be baptized and become a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Since then, by my faith, humbleness, and the light inside of me, I have the will and strength of Heavenly Father to complete any task and bear any burden, without the full weight of the world to hold me back. This is because of my callings, the people I surround myself with, and the Godhead who shares my burdens (Jesus Christ), who loves me no matter what (Heavenly Father), and comforts me in my weakness (Holy Ghost).

How I live my faith

I live my faith through my acts. I strive everyday to be a disciple and representative of Jesus Christ. Some days I am better than others. That is life, there is a constant struggle between society today and my faith. Society has become so natural and instinctual in pursuing temporal pleasures, I try everyday to keep my eternal perspective to once again live heavenly father in the celestial kingdom, sealed with my family for time and all eternity. I share my beliefs with friends inside and outside of the church.With non-members sharing starts most the time when I am asked to drink coffee. With members, I help as the Elder Quorum President in my Branch to lift up, and help my fellow brethren to realize their goals in this life and achieve them by love, and a nudge. I have never been so happy in my life before I received the "Gift of the Holy Ghost". The Holy Ghost inspires me everyday to do better at everything. I love my Heavenly Father, my brother Jesus Christ (the only perfect person that ever lived on earth), my parents in their iniquity as the love me in mine, my family and friends who have always supported me in all my endeavors.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Joshua Aufderheide
Pray! It can be hard when you do not have a strong faith in Jesus Christ and the lord. But just humor yourself and become humble one time. Ask Heavenly Father to know that the Book Of Mormon is true. I did this one time 7 months before I was baptized. I simply said " Dear God, please let me know if the Book Of Mormon is true" Quickly and rapidly the Holy Ghost testified to me that it was true. Though at that time I was not ready to act upon this revelation, I could not deny it in my heart. Show more Show less