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Hi I'm Josh.

I have a Ph.D. in Computer Science and an Amateur Radio license. I'm a swim coach. I love Kimchi. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married with three children. My daughter is severely developmentally delayed and has seizures (among many other things), so I'm becoming versed in raising a special-needs child. My boys are swimmers and I am heavily involved in swim team year-round, both as a board member and a coach. I'm pretty much a full-time husband and father, but when I have some time to myself I enjoy reading science fiction, bicycles, and most science-related things. I have an Extra-class Amateur Radio license, and prefer Morse Code. Having served as a missionary in South Korea I take a keen interest in most things Korean.

Why I am a Mormon

As I study the Scriptures and live Gospel teachings I feel the influence of the Holy Ghost, confirming to me that yes, this is all real, and it is true. One of the greatest things the Gospel has given me is perspective, allowing me to better understand what is truly important in my life, and what is superficial. A knowledge of who I am and my potential as a Child of God has helped me better focus my life on filling that potential. I am grateful for this knowledge as it is what truly gives my life meaning and purpose.

How I live my faith

What is perhaps my favorite scripture about the Savior states simply that He "went about doing good". I try to do the same, and offer my assistance to or do something nice for someone when possible. I want to live a Christlike life serving others as He did. By choice I am a very happy person. The Gospel gives us great reason to rejoice, and I try to share that through a smile and a positive attitude.

Are Mormons Christians?

Josh.
Yes. I have believed in and worshipped Jesus Christ my entire life. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Josh.
This helps ensure that the clergy's reason for serving is a true desire to serve others and do the Lord's work. Once the potential exists for monetary gain, the clergy run the risk of their efforts becoming focused on themselves, rather than the Lord and the people they are called to serve.  Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Josh.
Nope. We give him due honor and respect as a Prophet of the Lord, and especially as the one who was instrumental in restoring the true Church to the Earth and translating the Book of Mormon. Our worship is rightly reserved for our Heavenly Father and his Son, Jesus Christ, and they only. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Josh.
There are a couple of reasons, all important. The first is a practical one. Like it or not, any modern organization--including a church--requires money to operate. There are utilities to pay, costs for the construction and maintenance of buildings, official travel expenses, etc. This is all paid for through tithing. The second reason is paying tithing keeps us humble. It's easy to be selfish and materialistic, and tithing reminds us that the Lord is the source of all that we have; all things are His to give and to take away (see the Book of Job). Personally, I don't see paying tithing as giving the Lord 10% of "my" money. Rather, I'm returning to Him 10% of what is already His, and He is allowing me to retain 90%. Paying tithing has never been a burden for me and my family, and I have received many blessings from doing so. Show more Show less

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Josh.
I look at it two ways. First, my body is what I have to carry me through my life here on Earth. Like my car or my bicycle, the greater the care I give it, the better the chance it will serve me well for a long time, with the least amount of breakdowns and problems. If I take care of my body by not taking substances that are harmful to it, by eating healthy foods, by getting sufficient exercise, etc., I have the greatest chance of enjoying health and strength, even later in my life. As the dwelling place of a spirit created by our Heavenly Father my body is a Temple of God. As such, like any other temple, I need to keep it free from uncleanliness. My body is the home of my spirit, and it is through my body that my spirit interacts with and perceives the world. If I harm my body, through things like taking addictive substances, or eating unhealthy food, etc., I am impairing my spirit's ability to grow and develop. The consequences of this can be severe and eternal: time spent succumbing to and fighting, say, an addition is time that could have been spent more fully becoming the kind of person the Savior needs us to be. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Josh.
No, and I have never heard any official communication from the Church that sounded like an endorsement of any sort. The Church will take a stand on issues that relate to things like Freedom of Worship, or that affect the importance and sanctity of the family, but the Church does not endorse specific parties or candidates. We are instructed to study the parties and their candidates, and make our own decisions as to who or what we will support. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Josh.
I was raised in the Church so I've never known anything different, but I'll see if I can describe it. It's very active. The scriptures teach us we should be "anxiously engaged in a good cause", so most Church members are involved in serving in some sort of capacity. As of this writing I serve as President of the Elders Quorum. In that role I am responsible for overseeing the Ward's Elders, making sure they are properly instructed in doctrine and their duties, and that all is well with them and their families. I have regular meetings with my counselors, where we plan future activities, do lesson planning, discuss ways to strengthen the Elders and their families, and also how we can support the Bishop and Ward Council. Much like kids from other churches my kids are involved in things like weekly youth activities, attend Sunday School, etc. On a family level my wife and I raise our children much as any other good Christian family would. We pray together morning and evening. We take the time to read from the scriptures (currently making our way through Proverbs, in the Old Testament), and also discuss lessons from Sunday School and other places. We teach our children to do good, be responsible and kind, and generally be as Jesus wants them to be. I get a lot of happiness from my Church membership and service. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Josh.
No. There are members of splinter groups who do practice polygamy, but they are not part of nor affiliated with the Mormon Church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints). The Church forbids the practice, and anyone found practicing polygamy is excommunicated. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Josh.
Absolutely. If you look at the scriptural record God has had prophets on the Earth since the beginning. The Gospel is such an important thing it is crucial that there be someone entrusted with the responsibility of making sure God's word is taught and His will is made known. As such, it would be hard for me to believe there is not a prophet on the Earth today. I know of no revelation or prophecy stating that past a certain point there would be no more prophets. And believe me, I'm really happy there is a Prophet today. It's comforting to know that my Heavenly Father has provided one so that, as in the Bible, I can listen, be taught, and, if obedient, be blessed, just as the Children of Israel and many others were. Show more Show less