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Hi I'm Josh

I'm a future civil engineer, I'm a huge sports fan, I'm married to my best friend, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up with 4 sisters, and no brothers, in the Salt Lake area in Utah. Growing up, a piano could usually be heard in the house 12 hours in the day. I enjoy playing the piano and singing. I'm studying to be a civil engineer and I`m one of those nerds that likes physics and math. I served as a full-time missionary in Oaxaca, Mexico. I met and married my best friend soon after returning from my mission.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of this Church all of my life. My parents, and my parents' parents, and so on were all members of the Church. So, my parents took us to Church when we were growing up. My parents have taught me and my siblings principles of this gospel, and have let us govern ourselves. As a teenager, I started to read the scriptures and the teachings of Jesus Christ to find out if this was really the path I should follow. Little by little, I have gained a strong testimony that this really is the true and only way to return with God again. I learned it was true by the power of the Holy Ghost, who gives us feelings a love and peace. Each day I learn a little bit more about my Savior and try to be a little better. It is the only way of true and everlasting happiness. I have been blessed too much to deny that. Throughout my life, I've seen how certain, good choices I have made have brought blessings from God. I know from the Spirit that God has a plan much greater than this life. I have also learned from the Spirit that the covenants we make in this Church are what is needed to return to God's presence.

How I live my faith

My faith in Jesus Christ motivates me to be a better person. Christ lived a perfect life (without sin) when he was here on earth. Not only did he refrain from doing bad, but he went about doing good. I try to follow his example by keeping God's commandments and serving others. However, I am not perfect. That is why Christ gave a sacrifice called the Atonement. I rely on that sacrifice to gain strength and to ask for forgiveness when I do something wrong. I try my best to serve the Lord and other members of the Church as I serve in Church callings. It is beautiful that the Church is a group of imperfect people who serve each other. We build each other up.

How does the Church finance its operations?

The Church finances its operations through the ancient law of the tithe. As Abraham paid tithing to Melchezidek, we also are asked in these days to pay 10 percent of whatever we earn to the Church. The Church leaders then use that money for missionary work and to build and sustain temples and chapels throughout the world. The promise is huge if we obey this law. It says in Malachi that the windows of heaven will open and blessings will be POURED out onto us that we just might think we are too blessed. Now who doesn`t want that kind of blessing? Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

The prophet today is chosen as they were in Moses' time: by God. Under the direction of Him, selected worthy priesthood holders are called to be apostles. When a prophet dies, the senior apostle (or the apostle with the most time) becomes the new prophet. Our Father in Heaven knows who he needs to lead his church in every time period. Moses led the house of Israel across the Red Sea. Noah built the ark. Each prophet has a work to do for the work of our Lord and Savior. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

What goes on in temples ISN´T SECRET, it is only very SACRED. A member of the church once explained it to me that to enter the temple we need to prepared ourselves. Its like a university. We need to complete certain requirements in order to enter in that university. The temple is the house of the Lord. We need to live a life worthy to enter into a place such as that. Even Moses had to remove the shoes off of his feet in order to walk in holy ground on the mount. Once somebody achieves access into the Lord´s house, they realize that the sacrifice was all worth it. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

A testimony is the confirmation we recieve from the Holy Ghost. Everything starts with faith. We must believe in our Savior. After, we act on that faith we have by going to Church, reading the scriptures, praying, etc. As we do those things and pray to know if we are in the right path that will lead us to our Father, the Holy Ghost testifies to us of its truthfulness. That´s the job of the Holy Ghost, to TESTIFY. That witness of the Holy Ghost gives comfort that what we are doing is right. Afterwards, we are able to share our ´testimony´ with others. As we share with others our experience, it strengthens our testimony even more. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Let me answer that by asking you this: who wrote the Bible? The answer to both of those questions is: prophets called and ordained by God. As we read the words of prophets like Moses, Isaiah, Amos, and Jesus Christ in the Bible, we read of Nephi, Alma, and Moroni in the Book of Mormon. What changes with the Book of Mormon is the place it was written. The prophets of the Book of Mormon lived in the American continent and wrote prophecies and doctrine that was taught to the people there. Those prophets testified of the coming of the Messiah, who is Jesus Christ. We read of his coming to the American continent after his resurrection. The last prophet, Moroni, finished the record off and buried the plates. Hundreds of years later, Joseph Smith, a prophet of this time period, was guided to find those plates. He was given power from God to translate the plates so we could have them today. Every person is invited to read the Book, to meditate the message it contains, and to pray to know if it is true. Everybody who does just that will know if prophets really did write the Book. I have tested that promise and know that the Book is true. Show more Show less