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Hi I'm Josh

I'm an epidemiologist, a musician, an athlete, a husband, a father, and a Mormon.

About Me

I've been in school for what seems like forever, and I still have three or four years to go. In college, I have studied French, Italian, music, biology, laboratory medicine, and I am currently in a PhD program studying Epidemiology. I'm married to a brilliant, beautiful woman who has been going to school side-by-side with me and is currently getting her PhD in Clinical Psychology. We are lucky to have two miracle babies, the first who we adopted and is two, and the second who came to us after 6 years of waiting and is brand new. We have also been lucky to have flexible schedules at school so that we can spend lots of time together as a family, watching movies, going to the park, and just talking. Other hobbies we have together are reading, playing the piano, singing, water-skiing, running, and studying languages.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a long heritage of "Mormonism", but the story of why I'm a Mormon comes from me coming to believe these things for myself. When I was a senior in high school I only had one dream, and that was to play college football. A week before my first football game that year I broke my leg in a scrimmage, and in a second I lost the ability to pursue the only thing that I had ever really wanted. At that point I started wondering about what in life really mattered. Up to this point in my life I had never really internalized the religion I had learned growing up. I had been taught, like many families, that the answers to all of life's questions could come through prayer and by reading the scriptures, so I began to read about Jesus in the Bible and the Book of Mormon and to talk with my Heavenly Father through prayer on a daily basis. I began to focus on my inward person, and on others, rather than my athletic abilities. I also prayerfully considered what I believed about God, and how I wanted to personally worship him. Through this introspection, I became a believer in my faith, and I decided that I would follow its tenants to the best of my ability throughout my life.

How I live my faith

I do all I can to participate in my religion in a way that reflects my belief in Jesus Christ. For me, this entails being very active in many of the voluntary programs of my church. My church has given me the opportunity to serve many different people from all walks of life, many of which are not members of my faith. Just over that past year I have had the opportunity to help with relief efforts of tornado victims, to be a den leader in cub scouts, and to help several neighbors and friends move in and out of their homes. For me, living my faith also entails trying to be a good husband and father, and always trying to improve myself.