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Hi I'm Josh

I moved around all over the country. I'm studying Areospace Engineering. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My father's work required us to move frequently. As children, we were always excited to move. Although difficult at times especially for my mother who was still learning the language, we've grown and learned much. At last, my dad reached age of retirement and we settled down. I grew up, and was called to serve a mission in New Jersey. I've always had a fascination with rockets and space ever since I was in fifth grade. Naturally when I found out that I could actually be a person who designed them, I found one of my life's dream: to build rockets! I'm currently in school studying aerospace engineering and so far, I'm loving it! Sure it's hard, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents have always taught the gospel of Jesus Christ while I was growing up. There was one important concept that they always repeated, “If you want to know the truth for yourself, you must ask God.” They reminded me frequently that the ultimate source of truth belongs to my Father in Heaven. People may tell you what they think is right, but I must have my own witness of spiritual truth. I diligently read the scriptures, I went to church, and I tried to keep the commandments. I could feel that the thing I was doing was right, and after much prayer and fasting, I gained stronger affirmations that those principles that I abided to were also true. On my mission I contemplated what would be the most important thing for anyone to hear. How could one be converted to the Gospel of Jesus Christ? I reflected on this subject, I carefully considered the messages I taught. After some time, I came across a part in the Book of Mormon where Christ is visiting the ancient American people and explaining his gospel. He says, “…whatsoever ye ask the Father in my name, which is right, believing that ye shall receive, behold it shall be given unto you… And ye see that I have commanded that none of you should go away, but rather have commanded that ye should come unto me, that ye might feel and see…” (3 Nephi 18: 20, 25) As I read, I remember hearing the voice of the Savior inviting all men to come unto him. It was a calm, quiet voice but it was clear. I understood the answer to my question: The Gospel was restored so that everyone would have the chance to feel and see the Savior just like how those people did long ago. I know his message is universal; that is all men to be as little children, putting off the natural man and follow him so that they can receive all the blessings God has in store for all his children. I know this by the Holy Ghost and through Jesus Christ, amen.

How I live my faith

Currently I am called as a secretary. I help establish appointments for people to meet with the bishop. I enjoy the blessings of watching as the bishop receives revelation and inspiration for those that need him. I also have the privilege to serve as an elder in the church; to visit families or individuals in order to help with anything they need whether that need is spiritual, physical or educational.

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Josh
In the Book of Mormon the prophet Nephi answers this saying, “…he inviteth them all to come unto him and partake of his goodness; and he denieth none that come unto him, black and white, bond and free, male and female… all are like unto God…” (2 Nephi 27:33) Anyone is invited to come to church. If they wish to receive the blessings of baptism and membership, they must first become humble before God, desire to be baptized, have a broken heart and a contrite spirit, witness to the Church that they have repented of their sins, willing to take upon them the name of Jesus Christ, have a determination to serve him to the end, and manifest through their works that they have received the Spirit of Christ for the remission of their sins. We must remember that God’s power and authority belongs to God and he delegates it to those whom he chooses. It has been that way ever since the he created man. This is so that all things are done in wisdom and order. His priesthood can only be handled upon the principles of righteousness, therefore those who hold the priesthood must be worthy to minister with it, otherwise it's administration is misrepresented. Show more Show less