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Hi I'm Joshua

I'm a father, a graduate student in psychology, and a research scientist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am husband, father, brother, and son. My family is the most important part of my life. I am also a graduate student in Neuropsychology, a rock-hound, and aquarium enthusiast. I love people, and that is why I chose the profession of psychology. I enjoy working with others to solve problems, strengthen relationships, and to know themselves.

Why I am a Mormon

The gospel of Jesus Christ is central to the way I view the world and the choices I make. I am thankful for guidance from my heavenly father in my life, whether it is with my family, or in my professional life. In know that I am a child of God and that he loves me and is mindful of my needs. I know he hears my prayers, and that all will work out for the best what ever happens. For Heavenly Father is a God of love, this is why he sent his son Jesus Christ. Though I do not always comprehend why things must happen the way they do, I trust that God knows what is best, and that there is more than just this life. The gospel as restored through Joseph Smith teaches us to not only follow a modern day prophet, but to receive personal guidance in our lives from our Father in Heaven. I am so glad that I can feel the constant companionship of the Holy Spirit in my life as it gently leads me down the path towards Christ, that is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

In The Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints we are often given callings or duties to help in the lay clergy. In my time as a member of the church I have taught Sunday school classes for children and adults. This is particularly enjoyable, because as I prepared my lessons each week I found my self learning more and more about my Savior, and the way he would have me live. I have been put in leadership positions being charged with the spiritual and physical well being of a group of men to make sure that they receive monthly visits in their homes, and that they are instructed weekly with the word of God at church. I have also been given clerical positions in which I was able to help keep records and the finances of the local ward in order, for Gods house is a house of order. I was privileged to also be able to work in the Temple of the Lord. This was a most sacred experience and taught me much about my Savior and his love for us. Membership in the church brings many opportunities for service within the church and the community. It fosters a sense of responsibility for your brothers and sisters a way to express the love of Christ in the life of another. In an effort to fulfill my responsibility towards other I try to lift where I stand. This means that I look for the opportunities that present themselves naturally in life to uplift and help others. We all have opportunities each day to say a kind word or to make small gesture to let others know we care. Living your faith is keeping in mind that every body is a child of God and treating them with that divine potential.

What is the Book of Mormon?

Joshua
The Book of Mormon is a book of holy scripture, translated from plates of gold by the Prophet Joseph Smith. They contain the witness of an ancient civilization from the American continents regarding the divinity and mission of Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon serves as another witness of and companion to the bible, in declaring that there is no other means whereby men are saved except through and by the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ. It teaches the gospel of faith in Jesus Christ, repentance, baptism in his name, and the receiving of the Holy Ghost. Furthermore the Book of Mormon leaves us with a promise that we can come to know of its veracity through humble sincere prayer. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Joshua
Many people believe that science and religion are in conflict, believing that each seeks to disprove the viability of the other. However these views fail to recognize their common goal, truth. Many of us are taught only to use our physical senses to determine the veracity of a position, however God has endowed each of us with spiritual capacities that allow us to sense his presence in our lives. As we sharpen these senses we become sensitive to the information being given. Just as an unused physical sense decays and atrophies, unused spiritual senses do too. I know God lives, because he has given us a variety of ways to know him. Not only can we view all of his miraculous physical creations, that instill a sense of grandeur in our hearts, but we can come to sense all the evidences that God will and has shown us by sharpening our spirits. This is done through prayer, scripture study, serious reflection, and worship. As I have honed not only my physical and mental abilities, but my spiritual abilities I have come to know and recognize the hand of God in my life. I know God lives because all things testify that he is. I see his hand in all things, because I have come to know what his signature looks like through study and prayer. There is no better way to get to know another being, than by speaking with them. If your question is God are you there, then ask it to him, and then listen with your heart, your mind, and your ears, and watch his creations unfold his reality to you. Show more Show less