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Hi I'm Josh

I study the Hebrew Bible, I love my family, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm at grad school getting a degree in Hebrew Bible. I'm originally from southern California and live with my gorgeous wife, two cute little boys, and beautiful little daughter.

Why I am a Mormon

I know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Savior of the world. The Holy Spirit has witnessed to me that Jesus and His atoning sacrifice are realities, and that through faith in Him we can overcome our weaknesses and ultimately return to the presence of God. I have experienced the strength, forgiveness, and comfort of the Lord, and know for myself that the gospel of Jesus Christ works. That is why I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ. Through the same Spirit that has confirmed to me that Jesus is the Christ, I also know that Joseph Smith was called as a modern prophet, and that through him the Lord restored His gospel in its fullness. The first time I read through the Book of Mormon I was 13 years old. I prayed about it many times. As I was reading almost at the end of the book, the Holy Spirit assured me that it was God’s word. There was nothing earth-shaking, just a quiet but definite certainty that what I was reading was true. I love the Book of Mormon because I love the Savior. More than any other book, it has helped me appreciate that “there is no one that can dwell in the presence of God, except it be through the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah” (2 Nephi 2:8). I am a Mormon because as I do what the Church teaches, I have felt that God approves of my choices. I have received answers to my prayers. I have seen miracles in my life. I know God lives, that He loves us, and that He is pleased when I do my best to keep His commandments.

How I live my faith

I have always been impressed with Jesus’ declaration to His apostles, “A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another as I have loved you, that ye also love one another” (John 13:34). I think that one thing He is saying is that being a good Christian means being a kind person. I still have a long ways to go to be where I need to be, but I try to apply this as best I can each day. Being married and having little kids has definitely helped me learn to be patient! :o)

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

I can’t get enough Bible study into my day. I am in graduate school right working for a PhD in the Hebrew Bible / Old Testament. I love learning about biblical languages, history, interpretation, archaeology. I am at a great school and am grateful to be able to study the Bible in a detailed and rigorous way. My hope is to be able to teach college courses some day. I have met many people who love and cherish the Bible and wonder how Mormons can have extra-biblical books of scripture, like the Book of Mormon. They wonder: Isn’t the Bible enough? Doesn’t having more books detract from the importance of the Bible? Those are good questions, and I believe they arise because people have found through experience how much the Bible can teach, comfort, and inspire them. For us, scriptural books are like good friends: the more the merrier! As long as books of “scripture” are truly God’s word, well, the more of God’s word we have the better. I love how the New Testament builds upon the writings of the Old Testament prophets, explaining their teachings and clarifying how they teach of Christ. Similarly, modern scripture builds upon both the Old and New Testaments, clarifying what they say and providing additional witnesses of the Savior. To anyone who wonders about the Book of Mormon, I extend this invitation: read it, try it out. See how it makes you feel, and ask God in prayer to confirm that it’s right. I promise you the experience of a lifetime. Show more Show less