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Hi I'm Josh

I'm a student, I'm happy and I'm so Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Belleville, Ontario Canada to my mother, Christine, a Sergeant in the Canadian Forces and my best friend. My father was an enlisted man in the U.S. Army at the time but was killed shortly after my birth. I was raised by another Senior NCO in the Canadian Forces, my dad, Len who isn't a member of the Church but definitely one of the greatest Dads you could want. I am currently engaged to my best friend in the whole world, Jessica. I love her a lot and she's the answer to every prayer I have ever offered. I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints a week before my ninth birthday, when my mother who had been a less active member, started attending again. I attend Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada studying Political Science and Economics. I want to get my MBA, with a goal of being an asset manager and business consultant. I believe that smiling is necessary for everything.

Why I am a Mormon

Like a lot of youth in the Church, I gained my testimony at Youth Conference, a weekend of activities geared towards teaching the youth of the Church gospel principles and how to apply those principles in their lives. Naturally I went for the girls. A tradition back home, and in the majority of youth activities in the Church, is somthing called a 'testimony meeting'. In such a meeting the people of the congregation are allowed a chance to stand and basically tell what they believe and why. If you ever attend a Church service on the first Sunday of the month you'll have the opportunity to see one of these. It's an amazing experience and I felt a firm witness that all of these kids, people my age, were telling the truth. Since then I've been able to practise faith and see the fruits thereof! I've accepted callings like teaching the Primary aged children 3-11, being a Ward Mission Leader and currently a Full-Time Missionary. I've found that the only way to know if this is the true Church and if Christ has really restored His gospel to the Earth is to do somthing about it. Faith is an action word in my opinion and we have to knock in order to be answered.

How I live my faith

As a student in University, sometimes I am faced with situations and groups of people that make living the standards of the Lord difficult. It's by doing the small simple things like reading my scriptures no matter what, praying earnestly daily and opening my mouth about the joy that is in me that help me to live my faith. In my opinion, Faith is an action word.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Josh
Firstly, you can ABSOLUTELY come to church! Everyone is welcome, and the important thing to remember is that no one there is perfect. As Christ said 'Do the healthy need a physician?' The point in coming to church is to fellowship with the members and receive that support in our desire to do better and to help us change for the better. A general service will start with Sacrament Meeting, which is held in the chapel. There, we partake of the Sacrament bread and water in remembrance of Christ's Atonement for us.Moroni 4 & 5 The people will be dressed up nicely, but don't feel like you have to, we just like people to know before they come so they don't feel uncomfortable. The missionaries in your area will even give you a tour of your local building while no one is there so you feel more at home on Sundays. Then we have Sunday School, a time to reflect on and discuss the scriptures and how they apply to us. Questions are most definitely welcome. Last, but not least, we have our Priesthood meeting for men 18+ and Relief Society for women of the same age. Both are designed to help us better fulfill the roles we have in our lives as Husbands and Wives, Fathers and Mothers or Sons and Daughters. Each meeting is about an hour long, but if you can only stay for the first hour that's A-OK! Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Josh
I think this is a really important question! The missionaries goal in meeting with you isn't to tell you you're wrong or that you're going to a sad and angry place. Their goal is to help you develop or strengthen your relationship with God. That's it. They'll answer any of your questions and teach you some of the things that are important to our Heavenly Father, things He wants you to know. Remember this is about you and the Lord, so they'll ask you to do things like read and pray. These are simple things that can make a HUGE impact on you and your spirituality! Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Josh
In our society today one of the major institutions that is being destroyed is that of Marriage and the Family. The Law of Chastity is a law that Heavenly Father has put in place to protect the families of his children here on Earth. The law consists of things like no premarital sex, that after marriage we must practice full fidelity to our spouses, that things like pornography are damaging to the spirit and must be avoided at all costs and that homosexual relationships aren't sanctioned by God. The important thing to remember is that in accordance to the teachings of the Savior, we as a people only condemn the sin, NOT the sinner. Everyone will make mistakes and everyone has different hardships in this life, the Lord is aware of that and He has set up a process so that any one of us can overcome any of these problems. That process is called repentance, the act of changing and becoming more Christlike. Anyone can repent and in fact the Lord wants us to repent, like any Father he wants us to do better. This is one of the greatest gifts we have been given. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Josh
Nope. In fact, Joseph Smith was a servant of the one true God, someone we call a Prophet. His goal was to teach and help strenghten the people here on Earth on behalf of our Lord. Like Moses in times of old, Joseph Smith led Gods children in the paths the Lord wanted them to go, the paths that would bring them the most joy. We only worship God, the Eternal Father and his Son, Jesus Christ.  Show more Show less