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Hi I'm Josh

I am an avid sports fan, I am studying to be a Civil Engineer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in several different places up until I was 8. From then until I graduated high school I lived in Parowan, UT. I absolutely love playing and following sports. Nothing is more enjoyable to me than playing a game of basketball or football. I also follow college and professional sports very closely. NCAA football and basketball, the NFL, and the NBA are what I enjoy the most, but I also follow many other sports such as tennis, soccer, and even a little golf. When it comes to my fanhood, BYU football is king. I love getting out and enjoying the outdoors, whether it be hiking or just site seeing. I enjoy traveling and seeing new places, especially going to BYU football games in various parts of the country with my Dad and brothers. I have a great family and enjoy spending time with them. I love my life and look forward to what the next phase of life will bring as I finish my education, pursue a career, and start a family. Although I have a passion for sports, I know that the gospel of Jesus Christ needs to be the first priority in my life and I will always be conscious to make sure that I don't put sports before God. I owe all of the happiness that I have to this amazing gospel and to my Savior, Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints because this church is Jesus Christ's church and he literally leads it. I know with all my heart that God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith and restored the fullness of the gospel to the earth through him. The Lord doesn't make us have to rely on Joseph Smith's testimony to know this...he gave us the Book of Mormon as evidence that we can hold in our hands and read, ponder, and pray about. I have done this, and in doing so have gained my own very powerful testimony of the truthfulness of this gospel. I didn't always have such a strong testimony of this restored gospel. I grew up living the gospel for the most part, but I didn't truly understand the importance and significance of the things I had been taught until I decided to serve a mission for the church. Through many amazing experiences on my mission of teaching other people that the full gospel of Jesus Christ is again on the earth and that he has called a prophet for us in our day, I have had my testimony of these truths strengthened and solidified exponentially. Nothing will ever shake my faith, I know without a doubt that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, that he has restored His full gospel and church to the earth, and that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. If you haven't ever read it, READ IT, it will bring you more happiness than anything else the world has to offer. Don't take my word for it, read the book, ask God to know if it is true, and "he will manifest the truth of it unto you by the power of the Holy Ghost" -Moroni 10 3-5-. There is incomprehensible joy and happiness in store for anyone who will do this. Trust me, if you choose to do this, it will be the best decision that you have made in your entire life.

How I live my faith

Because I am currently serving a mission, I am dedicating all of my time, energy, and efforts to my faith. I know how important this gospel is and so I am doing everything that I can to help other people find out about it and experience the many blessings it can bring into their lives. It's not always easy, but as I continue to study the scriptures and pray every day, the Lord strengthens me to be able to overcome all of the challenges I face. When I teach other people about the gospel, it strengthens my own testimony as well. When I finish my mission, I am going to continue doing the little things every day, like reading the scriptures daily, praying frequently, and going to church every week. Satan is trying his hardest to bring every single one of Heavenly Father's children down into temptation with worldly things. He is miserable and his goal is to make us miserable like unto himself. He does this very cunningly by enticing and deceiving us into thinking that sin will bring us happiness. In order to combat him, we need to do all we can to focus our lives on Jesus Christ. In this way only will we be able to avoid falling into the devil's trap that eventually leads to eternal misery (see Helaman 5:12). It's not always going to be easy, but my goal is to keep my life focused on the Gospel of Jesus Christ so that I can ultimately have eternal life and eternal happiness in His presence.

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Josh
Yes! That is what makes it so exciting that the Lord has given us the Book of Mormon in these times. It is literally another record of Jesus Christ and his dealings with his children in another part of the world. Just as in the Bible, people in the Book of Mormon who lived before Christ's birth looked forward to his coming and prophets were called to teach the people about the future coming of Christ to the earth. They were promised that Jesus would come to the Americas after he was crucified by the Jews and was resurrected. Just as promised, Jesus does come down out of heaven and powerfully teaches his gospel to the people in the new world. This account adds a powerful witness of the divinity of Christ to the record we already have in the Bible. It also helps us to remember truths that have been lost and clouded as the Bible passed through many translations and revisions through the centuries. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Josh
We need the Savior because none of us are perfect. No matter how hard we try to live in complete accordance with God's will, we all make mistakes. The scriptures say that all men sin and come short of the glory of God Romans 3:23. When we sin, we become unclean, and no unclean thing can live in the presence of God 1 Nephi 15:34. Jesus Christ, through his great mercy and love for us, made it possible for us to be washed clean from these sins. He did this by performing the Atonement, in which he paid for all of our sins with his blood by suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross. He invites all of us to come unto him and partake of this atonement by repenting of our sins and he will make us clean so that we can return to live with our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less