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Hi I'm Josh

I grew up in Utah valley, I am a missionary in Santa Maria, Brazil and I'm a Mormon

About Me

I love to play the piano whenever I can. I am 20 years old and right now I am serving as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon Church) in Santa Maria, Brazil. I love to play sports and be with my family, but being a missionary I have to leave all that at my home in Utah and go out to a place where I have never been, and talk about the message of Christ's gospel being brought back to the earth after hundreds of years. I am the oldest of 4 kids. One sister, two brothers, and I'm a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I see the tangible evidence and blessings of being a member of Christ's church. The blessings of being a member of this church range from the miniscule to the miraculous. The things we teach and live involve living a healthy life without drugs, alcohol or tobacco. We keep ourselves sexually clean and in the end, it proves to be a healthier, longer life span to serve the Lord. I have grown up in the Mormon Church, but I have had those questions that I think everyone has had at least once. Life questions such as; Where did I come from?, Why am I here?, Where am I going?, and other questions like: Is there only one true church on the Earth? How would I know if this church could be the only true church? So I went to the scriptures. In Ephesians (New Testament, King James Version of the Bible) chapter 4 verse 5 says "One Lord, one faith, one baptism" so that made the idea of only one true church concrete. I kept searching and came across the book of James. In James 1:5 it says, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." So I did as James directs. I prayed to our Father in Heaven and asked Him if this church was true. The answer didn't come right then, but it did come. I didn't hear a thunderous voice, I didn't see any angels, I wasn't struck by lightning, but I did feel it was true. The feeling was soft whisper, but it was powerful feeling that caused me to act. I know this church is true. No man is in charge of this church because it is no man's church. Jesus Christ Himself is the head of this church, and the One who we center our worship to. The message that the missionaries share is intended for anyone and everyone. We don't intend to take away the faith you already have in Christ, but to hopefully add to it and strengthen your relationship with Him on a personal level. I am a Mormon because I chose to be one.

How I live my faith

Right now I am living my faith by serving a full-time mission. That only means that I leave my family, friends, work and school at home to completely devote myself, my service and my will to the Lord. Many people recognize the Mormon Missionaries (white shirts, ties, black name tags) because sometimes we have a tendancy to stand out. A lot of people don't know that we are just regular people. Our message is simple; The church that Christ set up when He was on the Earth has been restored again by a prophet. We invite all to hear our message.

What is the Book of Mormon?

Josh
The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. Like many other churches, we use the Bible with the New Testament, the Old Testament and the Book of Mormon is Another Testament. It also was written by prophets on the American Continents from around 600 BC to 421 AD. The Bible is a record of the doings of Christ over in the Jerusalem area, and the Book of Mormon is a record of Christ's doings over here. In the entirety of the Book of Mormon, it refers to Jesus Christ 3,415 times. It truly is another testament of the divinity of Him who lives. Show more Show less

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Josh
The church has over 52,000 missionaries all over the world. If you ever want to learn more about what we believe, what missionaries do or just want to talk about faith, you can get a hold of mormon missionaries be clicking here http://mormon.org/missionary-work/ Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Josh
No. We worship and follow Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith was a prophet (just like Moses, Noah or Adam) who had a question as to which church was true. He was the prophet who was prophesied of in Isaiah 11:1 (...shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse); 29:12 (...book is delivered to him that is not learned) and Malachi 3:1 (...send my messenger … prepare the way) who was key in restoring Christ's church on the Earth. That was back in the 1820s and since then we have had a prophet on the Earth. Evern today we have a prophet who directs the church under the authority and direction of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Josh
Being a Mormon is being a person with life answers. My life is very different than many of those who live in this world. I don't smoke, steal, drink, have sexual relations before marriage, I try to live a life without lies, R-rated movies, hurt feelings and sarcasm. I ask myself, 'but why do I abstain from these things?' Then I ask myself, 'well, what good do they bring into my life?' The answer is always either nothing, or not much. I want to search and hold wholesome things close to myself in this life. Is it easy? Not even a little, but I know and testify that in the end, it is absolutely worth it. You feel better about yourself, and know that God is proud of you as well. I know that I am happy, because I understand my purpose here on earth, and I know where I'm going after this life. I know that I am here to become like our Father in Heaven and I testify that He is ever so aware of every situation we are in. Being a Mormon is knowing where to turn for true help, and forgiveness of sins. I know Christ lives, and that He loves us. Show more Show less