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Hi I'm Josh

I'm Josh, I love sports, I love the Book of Mormon, I love family, I love serving others. I'm a missionary and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I am a huge sports fan, I like playing basketball and football. I have a very large family being the youngest of 9 and with 34 nieces and nephews. Did stats for my high school football team for 3 years. Love BYU sports and Jimmer! I love listening to Brian Regan, he is so funny! I love comedy and laughter. I love the gospel of Jesus Christ!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that this is God's church once again established on the earth. I know this because I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. I have prayed to know that these things are true and I have received a witness by the power of the Holy Ghost that this is true. The church gives me a sure foundation with Jesus Christ being the foundation, it brings hope and joy to know that when I make a mistake, that through Jesus Christ's sacrifice, I can be cleaned from sin and enjoy blessings of peace and joy in my life. Because I know the Book of Mormon is true, I also know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and Savior of the world, I also know that Joseph Smith was called by our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ to restore God's church on the earth today.

How I live my faith

I am serving a mission to bring this great message and this gospel to everyone. I strive to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ as recorded in the Bible, Book of Mormon, and the counsel as given by living prophets and apostles. I do the small and simple things such as studying my scriptures, saying prayers, going to church, and showing love that help me do the big things in life. I strive to become like my Father in Heaven by keeping his commandments and developing my relationship with him.

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Josh
The gift of the Holy Ghost has blessed me in my life everyday, I can constantly receive guidance and counsel through its influence. We can't have that constant guidance and counsel when we haven't received the gift of the Holy Ghost. Not only do I receive those things but also comfort, peace, joy, and love when I obey and keep the commandments. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Josh
We donate this money to help build the Kingdom of God on the earth. We use it to pay for church buildings and pay bills to run the church. We don't pay our presiding authorities, that is all voluntary. It is to help every person on this earth to find out for themselves if the Book of Mormon is true and if this church is true. We pay the 10 of income not because we are told to, but because we have faith that it will benefit others and themselves. This principle is not giving up money, but is a principle of our personal faith in God. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Josh
If God had prophets in olden times, why wouldn't he have a prophet called in our day. We have evidence that there is a prophet on the earth today, like Moses had his staff that could turn into a snake, the evidence that Joseph Smith has is something we all can hold in our hands a book, specifically the Book of Mormon and read, ponder, and pray to know if it is true. Moses had to restore the children of Israel to the land of promise and to the gospel. Joseph Smith has done the same, through missionary work and the fulness of that gospel that other prophets and Jesus Christ taught. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Josh
We start out by doing what is called sacrament meeting, it is the main worship service, it consists of singing hymns, prayers by Church members in the congregation, communion or as we call it the sacrament, then typically 2 to 3 speakers from the congregation that have been assigned beforehand. After sacrament meeting, we go into classes based on age, following that we go to classes divided into age and gender. Anybody can attend church, we invite all to come and worship and learn with us. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Josh
There are three pillars to having a valid baptism. First, we believe baptism is a covenant or contract between us and God, we promise to keep his commandments and take upon us the name of Jesus Christ and in exchange, God will give us the guidance and comfort of the Holy Ghost in our lives. We need to understand that this is a covenant that that we are accountable for our choices. Second, we believe baptism should be done by immersion. Immersion is symbolic of the death of a person’s sinful life and the rebirth into a spiritual life, dedicated to the service of God and His children. It is also symbolic of death and resurrection. Finally we believe that it must be done by proper authority from God. These three pillars make a baptism valid. We believe that baptism is an essential ordinance of salvation. "...a man must be born of water and of the spirit, or he cannot enter the kingdom of heaven.." Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Josh
We have 12 apostles because that is how Jesus Christ himself established his church in the New Testament times. These apostles receive revelation that is important to the church and then they in turn tell us what we need to know to be able to go through our lives. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Josh
It starts by having a desire to increase your faith in Jesus Christ. It won't come in the snap of a finger, it takes action. Faith leads to action. The best way to increase our faith in Christ is to nourish it by diligent scripture study out of the Bible and Book of Mormon and sincere prayer to Heavenly Father. As we constantly begin to this, our faith in Jesus Christ will grow. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Josh
We need a Savior because we have a debt to pay to God for all that he has given us. The way that we try to pay that debt back is by doing God's will and not sinning. Because we do wrong God has to show justice, we want mercy so that we can be with God again. Without a 3rd person, that is not possible because if justice is served we don't receive mercy and if mercy is served God can't be just. That 3rd person is Jesus Christ, he suffered so that Justice can be satisfied and we can receive mercy through repentance Alma 42. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Josh
The way I came to know that this is true was to test it, to find out for yourself. I grew up Mormon my whole life, but there came a point in my life where I had to find out on my own. I did this by reading the Book of Mormon and prayed to our Heavenly Father to know if it is true. I received an answer in a way I can't describe to you, I can only say that it brought me great joy and peace. I knew than that this church is true, that God's church has been restored to the earth through a prophet. Everybody must search out the answer on their own and find out for themselves. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Josh
The Bible is definitely sacred scripture and is the word of God. "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness; That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works" (2 Timothy 3:16-17). I love and cherish the Bible and read it quite often. I do have a testimony of the divinity and truthfulness of the Bible as the word of God. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Josh
The Gospel of Jesus Christ was lost after the death of the 12 Apostles. The Great Apostasy or falling away was prophesied in the New Testament "Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God" (2 Thes. 2:3-4). With the death of the Apostles, men changed the doctrines that were originally taught by Jesus Christ. People like Martin Luther or John Calvin didn't agree with teachings being taught and tried to find the true church. True the Bible was still around, but so many churches today are based off of their own interpretation of the Bible. A restoration was needed as Peter explains "Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began. For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you" (Acts 3:19-22). Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Josh
We go out to teach all nations about the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. We teach that the church and gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith. The way that we know and others may know this is through reading and praying to know if the Book of Mormon is true. I know how important and joyful this message is because it has brought that peace and joy that I look for in life. This is the way and there is no other way to obtain eternal life, except through this gospel as it has been restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith and written in the Book of Mormon. We desire all people to be brought into this gospel, the only true and living gospel. Show more Show less