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Hi I'm Josh

I love people. God shows us His love for us through each other. I want to give that to everybody. I'm a member His church.

About Me

I am a brother, a son, and an aspiring husband and father. I love playing soccer, and all sports really. I love good music that can pump you up, or help you relax. I love trying new things, especially food! I'm a big fan of flourescent shoes! I'm still only a student, but I'm studying to become a Pediatrician. I have always loved spending time with those I love. While Solitude is good occasionally (sometimes a blessing;) a day I spend without people is incomplete! I feel strongly that we have been sent here to this life, together, to bless each other. The people that surround us and we interact with have soo much to offer, and on the flip-side, we have so much power and opportunities to bless the lives of those around us! We can be literal light to help each other better see in this darkening world, and literal strength as we encourage, lift, love, and serve our brothers and sisters around us.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints because of the Peace, and the strength that comes from exercising Faith in Jesus Christ and following His teachings. Life is difficult, for EVERYBODY, yet completely different for everyone. We can receive much needed guidance, support, and strength from family, and good friends, but that alone is not enough. God lives, and He loves us! He is not just sitting back enjoying the last years of the world! He wants terribly to be part of our lives. To lift us, to strengthen us, to heal us, to comfort us. I have felt that. I have witnessed that through following the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I know that Christ lives. He gave his live that we might have ours. He has made it possible for us to overcome the trials and temptation of this life; to overcome; to become clean, spotless, and pure, again. Regardless of what my issue is at the time, whether my pride, my lack of planning, or something that has just been thrown at me, I find peace in the teachings of prophets; Prophets in the Bible, and Prophets in the Book of Mormon, but especially Prophets today! They are men subject to imperfections, but like Peter, James, and John, like Moses, or Abraham, they have been called of God. They have been given His Authority to perform His work in these final days before our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ returns to the Earth. They Invite all Men everywhere to come unto Christ. They exhort all unto Faith, Repentance, Baptism (in the same way, and by the same authority of John the Baptist), Receiving and following the Holy Spirit, and enduring to the end. They are literal representatives of our Savior Jesus Christ, and do what he would be doing if He walked the earth today. I know this personally. This is why I am a Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by striving to hold strong to Morals and standards that lift and bless me and those around me. Though I have a ways to go, I strive to follow Christ. His example, and His teachings. Despite my shortcomings, I am given hope to press forward; both, as I trust His promises that He will never ask us to do anything that we cannot do (1Nephi3:7), and as I see miracles all around me as I'm trying to follow Him. He lives. I too, can live.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Josh
The same way anyone can come to the pure truth on ANY subject. Pray. Sincerely reading the Book of Mormon is very important in coming to know the truth, but most important is to Ask God. He is literally our Father, and He want's us to know Him. If we are truly sincere about knowing something God will help us. He will teach us, and He will talk to us. He will not give us too much to handle. He will show us line upon line, precept upon precept. He will often softly encourage us by His Spirit, with light, and principles of truth. When we Follow those small, sweet promptings He can continue to bless us giving us more light and truth. Consider the amazing blessings that God has given you personally, and the plausibility that He wants to bless you with so much more. Consider that possibility of Living with your loved ones, having the same relationships with them, after this life. Consider the fatherly, yet incomprehensible love that God has for you His desire to see you succeed, to learn, to grow, to be happy the same, yet on a much smaller scale, as the great care a loving parent has for his or her own child. And then talk to Him. Ask Him in the name of Jesus Christ if these things are true. He will speak to you. Trust that He really is there. God answers prayers. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Josh
It's the way God wants His Kingdom to be run. The Prophet and Apostles today are Just and holy men that, though not perfect, have been called of God, to serve in those positions. When speaking of those men who spend much of their waking hours serving in the church, (though many of them are well rounded and highly accomplished men in their different chosen fields of labor) they have each left those behind to serve God completely the rest of their days. Most members of the church though, from the age of 12 to 112, are given different opportunities of service and leadership to encourage and bless people around them! His, is a church of sacrifice, of love, and of service. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Josh
God sent us here to have joy! As we follow the example of Jesus Christ as taught by the Apostles and Prophets in the Scriptures, and the Apostles and Prophets today, we can have that happiness and peace that only God can give. We follow Christ and His servants. The Blessings that come from following the commandments of God are very real. Being a Mormon helps me to really appreciate many of the wonderful blessings that God has given me! God doesn't bless me for being Mormon and not bless someone else because they aren't; He blesses us for making good choices, serving others and following his commandments! Being part of the Church helps me to do those things! Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Josh
In the New Testament Paul preaches against homosexual behavior, as does Moses in the Old Testament. In this day, God still speaks against homosexual actions through His holy prophets. Regardless of the good and bad choices we make in this life, we are each beloved sons and daughters of God. We were spiritually begotten of Him before the world was, and He offered the Plan of Salvation to us so that we could return and live with him again after this life. Not one of us here on the earth is perfect. We each struggle with different things on this journey and because of those things we could never return to Gods presence unless a greater power came to our aid. Christ has provided the means whereby we can overcome these things and return to God again. Anything can be overcome, for Christ has already overcome the world (Alma 7:11-14) We strive to love everyone, for everyone deserves that. The Family is being bombarded on every side with the evil influences of Satan, and to stem that tide we must stand for the Sacredness of our Families. We celebrate and honor the Sanctity of the Family, and invite all men and women everywhere to do the same. In the words of Beloved Prophet Gordon B. Hinckley, "We believe that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God. We believe that marriage may be eternal through exercise of the power of the everlasting priesthood in the house of the Lord. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Josh
A poet once described faith with an illustration of someone on a Journey through a dark cave, He has a lamp, but barely seeing a couple feet ahead is obviously nervous at the darkness surrounding him. Faith is stepping into that darkness trusting that he will make it through. It's not always that ominous, but often takes great courage to trust in our Father in Heaven. That is a large part of Faith. Though we may not see Him, trusting that God is there, that Christ has come to earth, that He has preformed the Atonement! Faith is ignoring the evil doubts and fears that Satan tries to bring us down with and turning instead to light, hope, and confidence that we CAN overcome the darkness around us. That God does answer prayers, and regardless of how worthy we feel He DOES want so badly for us to turn to him and be healed! We're promised in the scriptures from prophets of old that even with very small amounts of Faith we can powerful forces for good in the world!! Ways to build our Faith are studying the scriptures, sincerely praying to God, and following the Commandments. If we struggle with believing any specific commandments, the best way to come to know, or to develop faith in that principle is usually to keep that commandment. When we do that God will usually strengthen our Faith by showing us the truth of that commandment. And we will see the blessings that come from it! Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Josh
Well, before were born into this life, we lived with God our Father, so there's got to be more for us to do here than to just return to Him! When a wealthy father or grandfather nears the end of his life, it is very easy for him to leave a lot to his children/grandchildren. They will be blessed with his money, probably good advice, and love...but he cannot just pass on his experience, his wisdom, his learned patience, discipline, and integrity...etc. Our Father could have given us Kingdoms, Dominions, riches, power, and glory without ever sending us away...but He wants more for us than that! Our Father sent us here because He wanted us to learn and grow. In the same way a loving father wants his children to grow up to be as good or even better than he himself is, our Father in Heaven wants the best for us, and so has provided the way for us to have that! Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ we can overcome our weaknesses. Through the Atonement we can overcome our shortcomings. He has already conquered both Physical, and Spiritual death, and through the Atonement as we exercise faith in Him we can become like Him! We will accomplish what our Father has sent us here to do, and we will return to Him with celestial bodies, with our loving families, and with pure hearts and clean minds we will feel at home by His side. Show more Show less