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Hi I'm Josh

I'm 30 years old and still in school! I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As my wife puts it, I'm "half way to 60". The first 30 years have been alright. Grew up on a farm in Idaho moving sprinkler pipe, hauling grain, and feeding cows. Now I've lived in Ohio for almost 4 years and am just finishing up my dental schooling. My wife and I have been married for nearly 8 years! Lots of changes coming up soon. Not only are we finishing dental school, but we're also trying to adopt our first little baby. It's been a crazy process, but we're making progress and hope to have a child within a year or so.

Why I am a Mormon

To be honest, being a Mormon is hard...and I'm not perfect so that's even a little harder. There are so many good examples around me that I can easily feel inadequate. I read the scriptures, but not for as long as I'd like. I pray often, but not as sincerely as I should. I try to be a selfless person, but sometimes I find myself thinking about just me. Despite the shortcomings, I do my best to continually progress, even if progression is really slow at times. What keeps me going is something I call a tender mercy. This is the name I've given to moments when I feel God very close to me...to the feeling I get that makes me feel as if God is saying, "Remember me. I'm here for you. Keep trying." Sometimes it comes as a feeling of warmth that fills my whole body and other times it just comes as a single tear in one of my eyes. I'm not a Mormon because of tender mercies, but because of tender mercies, I know being a Mormon is right for me.

How I live my faith

I go to church every Sunday. That's the easy part. The hard part is trying to keep the spirit from Sunday lessons with me all the rest of the week. Each Wednesday night, some of us meet to discuss people that have recently become members or recently started coming to church again. We try to make sure their needs are being met so they don't fall through the cracks. I find that when I help them find their special place in the gospel, I renew my special place in the gospel as well.