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Hi I'm Joshua

I've lived in Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. I'm engaged to be married. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

 I am a 22 year old college student and am engaged to be married within the next couple of weeks. I love all types of outdoor activities and sports such as fishing, hunting, basketball, soccer, snowboarding, etc. Although I'm no virtuoso, I do play the violin and enjoy it very much. I have the goal to become an oral surgeon, although I think I could be anything from a farmer to an English teacher and be happy. I was born in California, and since then I've lived in Mexico, Canada, and many other states within the USA.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was little, I was a Mormon simply because my parents were. But, I did enjoy going to church and learning about God. As I grew older, I began to understand why my parents believed what they do. Most of this understanding came from following their example to live God's commandments, and then seeing how wonderful my life became in result I got good grades in school, I was healthy, I had good paying summer jobs, I had good friends, and I received endless other opportunities that have made my life rich. Some people call it coincidence, but I think it's impossible that so many good things could happen to one normal person like me were it not for God's hand in my life. Even during the hard times, I have always felt my Heavenly Father at my side comforting and guiding me. I feel that this church teaches His true nature and mission as well as our roles in mortality. Knowing that plan helps me to be happy each day and gives me a reason to keep pushing for excellence in every aspect of my life.

How I live my faith

In my church group I have the responsibility to be a Gospel doctrine teacher. About once a month, I lead a Gospel discussion and study on a certain topic during one of the periods of church. I'm not a scripture expert, but I do study the topic well during the days before the lesson. God doesn't expect us to be experts in doctrine in order to teach each other, but God does expect us to work hard at whatever responsibility He gives us. I have learned much more about God's commandments and principles because of this responsibility than I knew before. I love to see the look on others faces when they obtain a deeper understanding of the scriptures, and I love to see them apply what they learn in their own lives. Also, I enjoy singing in ward choirs, participating in service projects such as collecting food for the a local food bank and visiting the old folks' homes on holidays. Also, I recently got to volunteer as a dental assistant during a full day of free dentistry provided to the needy and poor. I feel good when I serve others and love the opportunities that I receive to do so from being a member of God's church. From Christ's example, I have learned to recognize these opportunities when they arise in any setting and to serve happily whenever and wherever I can, within or without the church.

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

 God selects His prophet be by the life or death of the 12 living Apostles through which He guides His church. The prophet always is the most senior Apostle of the Lord's church, the man who has been an Apostle for the longest amount of time. Now, who may I ask has the power to decide when we will die or how long we will live? Only God. Therefore, it is God who selects the prophet by lengthening the life of the one he wants to lead His church. The prophet prayerfully selects new Apostles when a death occurs. Because of this format, I know that God is the one who leads this church. If we selected our own prophet, it would be a church of mankind. However, that is not the case, and I am confident that God truly does lead this church through His divinely chosen and inspired leaders. Show more Show less