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Hi I'm Josh

I was born and raised in Hawai'i. Not a lot of Texans get to say that. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of 4 and a husband to my one and only. My wife of 20 years, Trish, is the true love of my life and my eternal companion. Without her I could never reach my full potential in this life or the next. We met in Hawaii and were married and sealed for all time and eternity in the La'ie, Hawaii temple. I love music. I loved it so much I studied it in school my entire life, from ukulele and recorder and singing in elementary school to percussion, bass guitar in middle and high school, to string bass, piano and composition in college. I have been blessed in life to be able to follow my bliss as far as music goes in college but along the way, pick up valuable skills involving computers, electronics, videography, writing, imaging and database management. I have been able to support my family thanks to these skills and the opportunities the Lord has placed before me to use them to earn a living. I love to spend time with my family and friends. I have been blessed with very good friends both in and out of the church. I have a fairly dry sense of humor and am constantly telling jokes that maybe 3 people get. But when those 3 people laugh, it really makes my day!

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of the church all of my life and have been blessed because of it. Sure, there have been key moments in my life growing up when I had to find out for myself if the things taught in this church were really true. Is the Book of Mormon true? Did Joseph Smith really see God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ? Do we really have modern prophets, even today? I have had so many wonderful responses to these questions in my heart and they have always been, YES! How happy I am to have such knowledge about who I am, where I came from and what to expect in this and the next life. I was blessed to be able to serve a full time mission (yes, the people with white shirts and ties and black name tags on bikes going door to door). I served in the Washington, D.C. North mission which serviced all of mainland Maryland and Washington D.C.. It was a life changing experience. I strengthened my testimony as I shared it with hundreds of others. I continue to be a member of this church because of the pure joy it brings to me and my family. It's all about the family. It has helped us stay together, work together, play together and pray together. Without the gospel of Jesus Christ in our lives, we would be lost at sea with no beacon or guide. I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer. I know that He knows me personally and I am grateful for that. I know that His priesthood authority is alive and on the earth today, in the hands of His church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Without the priesthood, the ordinances necessary for our salvation would not be possible. Through sacred ordinances performed with this priesthood authority and by obedience to God's laws and commandments, I know that I can be with my family forever. I know that I can return to live with my Heavenly Father some day. It is part of His plan. It is what He wants for us. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

How I live my faith

I have served in the church in a handful of different ways. I currently serve in my local congregation's leadership, known as a "bishopric". Specifically, I am a counselor to our local leader who is known as the bishop. This is a different type of bishop than the kind many may think of from the Catholic church. A Mormon bishop is the leader of one local congregation, or "ward". We have lots of meetings and discuss the members of the ward, trying to identify their needs and ways we or others can help them. I won't lie, it takes a lot of my personal time away, but it is time I am sacrificing on behalf of others and in doing so I am being more like my elder brother, Jesus Christ, who does nothing but serve his brothers and sisters, us. I tell my boss at work sometimes that coming in to work on Mondays is somewhat of a break from the busy schedule I have had lately with church. My sons are very active in the scouting program which our church sponsors. Also, my daughters are actively engaged in church activities and service projects that happen once a week on a weeknight. I am definitely not perfect. I do try to live my life in a way that is consistent, no matter where I am. I was once taught that character is built based on the things you do when you think nobody is watching you. If I can be the same person on Sunday at church as I am at work on Monday, then those around me will be seeing the real me.