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Hi I'm Joshua

I'm a father. I'm a pilot. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a family that moved often. We lived all over the United States and in Norway, Italy, Germany, and England. I also served as a missionary in Uruguay. I loved traveling the world, so after my mission and graduating college, I fulfilled my dream to become a pilot. As a pilot I've traveled to most parts of the world and have learned to appreciate the beauty of God's creations. The most rewarding part of my job has been bringing relief supplies after a natural disaster, and seeing families reunited after long periods apart. I am a father of three wonderful children who are my greatest treasures.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family that attended the church, but I didn't really think too much of it until I got to high school and started being a little more skeptical of things. I was rebellious and proud and wanted to be my own person, not just follow my parents. I stopped going to church, and stopped following the commandments. I will admit, for a time it felt quite liberating, but I never really found happiness. I became popular, and had a lot more friends than before, but somehow, I felt so alone even with so many friends. When I went away to college, I realized I wanted to figure out once and for all what I believed, and I wanted to know for myself. Though I had attended church while I was growing up, I had never really thought too much about it outside of my social life and Sunday school. When I read the Book of Mormon for the first time all the way through at age 20, I felt it was the Word of God. It changed my life, because once I knew the Book of Mormon was true, I decided I'd start doing the things I had stopped doing in high school, like going to church, and praying. I also had to stop doing certain things, but I had realized long before that those things hadn't made me happy anyway. I found a purpose to my life much deeper than just having a good time. I felt my life had a purpose, and meaning, and that I was responsible for how I used the time I had here on earth. Also, because I knew the Book of Mormon was true, I knew that Jesus really was my Savior, and God really was my Heavenly Father, who loves me. He hears and answers prayers, and has answered mine many times. As soon as I started coming back to church, and praying and reading the Scriptures, my life changed. I love this Church. I love it and know it really is the Church of Jesus Christ, like the name says. Its members aren't perfect. At least I'm not. But Jesus is, and this is His Church.

How I live my faith

I love teaching the Gospel in church. I love being able to talk to the class about what's going on in my life, and why I live the teachings of Jesus Christ, even when it's hard and sometimes it's unpopular. I used to teach a group of 30-40 singles ages 18-30 about the Bible, especially the Old Testament. It was a very rewarding experience, as I had to really study the Bible and understand why these words that were so old were still so important. I realized that even prophets from so long ago know about God as their Father, and Jesus Christ as their Savior. The people even so long ago knew that God answers prayers and would be with them when they needed Him. Well, I've needed Him so many times in my life. I could relate to their problems and struggles. And it was yet another witness that God loves me, and blesses me when I do as He commands.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

I know that we are saved by the Atonement, or the sacrifice of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This is the core, shared belief of Christians throughout the world, and the main message of the Holy Bible. However, sometimes we disagree on whether we must and how to apply the Atonement in our lives. Applying the Atonement is more than a verbal declaration of belief. If we truly have faith in Jesus Christ, we trust Him, love Him, and appreciate Him. Yes, we verbally acknowledge Him as the Son of God and as our Savior, but we also show that faith through our works. Good works are not what save us, Christ does. However, Christ always taught that if we loved Him, we would keep His commandments. He has commanded that, among other things, we repent of our sins and are baptized in His name. We need to follow Christ's example and teaching of being baptized by someone with authority. Then afterwards, we change our lives to follow Christ's teachings and example. He was loving, kind, truthful, a good neighbor, a good friend, pure, and holy. We need to do the same. Then He will give us that marvelous grace to cleanse us of our sins and become clean, even as He is pure and holy. I am so thankful for Jesus Christ and His saving grace. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Mormons believe, and I know, that when we die, our spirits live on. I have lost many friends and family members whom I love and miss very much. I think of them often and cherish what they mean to me. The first time I lost someone close to me was when my grandfather passed away. At his viewing, I felt an emptiness and sadness which caused me to excuse myself and go to an empty room to be alone. As I sat crying and praying for Heavenly Father to comfort me, I felt a presence and a hand on my shoulder. I didn't know anyone was there, and I felt embarrassed, so I quickly wiped my eyes before I turned around. When I did so, I saw no one. I was temporarily confused. However, I felt a wonderful peace wash over me which I believe was the Holy Ghost, oftentimes called "the Comforter" in the Scriptures, reassuring me that I would see my beloved grandfather again. I have felt that Comforter time and time again, comforting me through the many losses of friends and family members in my life. I have had other experiences that have helped me believe that death is not the end. Many others have as well, and when we read the Scriptures about the Resurrected Lord, Jesus Christ, I have felt a powerful witness in my heart tell me that the Scriptures are true. Faith is hoping for things we have not seen, which are true. Death is not the end. This is true. I have felt it many times, and feel it even now sharing my feelings. Death is not the end, thanks to Jesus Christ. Show more Show less