Hi I'm Josh
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.
Why do Mormons go on missions?
I think this is probably the question I can answer best. Members of the Church go on missions for a lot of reasons, but most commonly it's becase the members know they have somthing everyone needs. The fullness of the Gospel isn't for a select predestined few, or a certain people or country. 'God so loved the WORLD that he gave His only Begotten Son.' John 316 We feel it's our responsibility to our fellow man, whom we love, to give them the opportunity to know these things that've made us so happy! it's only fair.
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.