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Hi I'm Josh

I grew up in Utah. I'm a husband and father of three very active little boys. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I got my Bachelor's of Science degree at Utah State University and my Master's of Science degree at the University of Texas at Austin. Both degrees were in civil engineering with an emphasis in structural engineering. Growing up I never thought that I would end up as an engineer. In fact, my early interests centered more around the arts, including writing and music--I still enjoy playing the piano whenever I can find a minute. As I matured, however, I discovered that my real passion is for solving problems. I particularly enjoy the process of finding solutions through group discussion and cooperation. As an engineer I get to solve complex problems that require input and coordination across many engineering disciplines. This work is very challenging and rewarding. Although work is challenging, I don't think it compares with the challenge of fatherhood. I grew up in a very loving home and I try to emulate that pattern, but it's not always easy. My three young boys have an endless amount of energy and can really wear me out. Despite that fact, I love my boys and my wife very much and they are one of the greatest sources of joy in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints when I was 8 years old. At that time I wanted to make a promise to my Heavenly Father to be obedient and follow Jesus Christ. Because of this decision I established good patterns in my life that helped me stay close to my Father in Heaven. As time passed and I was exposed to the ideas and philosophies of the world, I entered a time where I had to reevaluate the faith of my youth. During this time I experienced many doubts and questions. Luckily, I had been taught how to seek answers from the scriptures and from my Heavenly Father through prayer. I came to know for myself that the teachings of the church are true. I'm a Mormon because I believe in the doctrines and teachings of the church. They ring true to me. I believe that Jesus Christ himself leads the church through the organization of the priesthood just as he did in ancient times. When I hear modern-day prophets and apostles bearing witness of the Savior, the Spirit of the Lord whispers in my heart that their words are true and that they really are who they claim to be: men called of God to be his special witnesses. What is most amazing to me is how all of their teachings are in line with the words of the Master. Love your neighbor. Keep the commandments. Love your wife and your children. Pray to the father with faith. Repent of your sins. Believe in Jesus. Be baptized. Receive the Holy Spirit. The teachings of the church are not at all dogmatic, convoluted, or difficult to comprehend. They are straightforward, bold, and true.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith everyday by praying and reading the scriptures. I try to keep the Sabbath day holy by attending church services and avoiding work and recreational activities on Sundays. I fast once a month and give donations to the poor. I am the president of a priesthood organization. One of the main responsibilities of this organization is to visit members of the congregation in their homes once a month. I serve in the presidency with two counselors and a secretary. Together we make assignments for the men to go out two by two to visit the families, give spiritual messages, and assess any physical needs. In my home I pray with my wife and children in family prayer every morning and night. We are teaching our kids to say their own prayers. Once a week we have a family night where we sing hymns, have a lesson, play games, and have a treat. We try to read the scriptures with our children. I try to be an example to others by avoiding profane language, elevating those around me, and treating others with civility and kindness. I try to be open-minded when others express opinions that differ from my own. Sometimes people will say disparaging or untrue things about the church and I try to defend my faith without being combative or belligerent. I share things about my faith when I can, but I try not to push it on people who haven't expressed an interest. I try not to take advantage of work relationships to promote my views, but I am always willing to answer questions.