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Hi I'm Josh

I am a school counselor, I am a traumatic brain injury conquerer, a husband, father, philosopher...and I am a Mormon.

About Me

Life experiences can change your whole focus on life--I didn’t go straight to college after high school, but after living in Rome, Italy for two years as a missionary for my church, I immediately began my schooling at a local university. I loved school and couldn’t think of any place that I would rather be than on campus…life was good. And so during my freshman year of college philosophy became not only my major, but what informed every decision I would make afterwards. By April of 2001, I was married, had started a family, graduated from college, and had been accepted into a law school program. My life was exciting. But, as I said, life experiences can change everything. During my first year of law school, I was driving my car when another car crashed into mine. I was in a coma for almost four months. Back in school, after many months of rehabilitation from a traumatic brain injury, I realized that my priorities had shifted. It was clear to me that I wanted a career in a service field in which I could make a difference in the lives of others. Everything that I had gone through as a direct result of the accident had made me want to play a role in helping others along their individual journeys in life. More specifically, I wanted to work with young people and help guide and mentor them. So, I began to prepare for a career in counseling. More specifically, school counseling. Even though my life has had ups and downs, my faith in Jesus Christ has remained constant.

Why I am a Mormon

I have chosen to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because I know that it's true--that is, I know that the church is Jesus Christ's church restored to the Earth. God, mine and Christ's father-in-heaven, wants me to be a member of His church on the Earth. I have read the Book of Mormon and I have prayed to my Heavenly Father to ask him if those feelings that I felt were from Him that tell me that the Book is a true book. He sent me feelings of of happiness, feelings of joy, and I have felt His love while praying. I have felt that my Heavenly Father was telling me that the Book was true, that Joseph Smith was his prophet sent to earth to translate that scripture and restore His church, that he did restore God's church to the Earth. Because the church is true, that means that I needed to be baptized and follow His prophet and His church. I knew that I needed to follow them to a life of happiness that it would lead me to. I am a Mormon because God wants me to be a Mormon and because He will bless my life forever if I follow His will.

How I live my faith

I love my God and I love my Savior. I have made promises to both of them and I try to keep all of my promises. I also have made promises to others, like my wife, my parents, my children--I try to make all the promises I've made work together, so that I am never breaking the promises I've made to my God while I'm living my life with my wife and kids. I try to enter and engage in every relationship that I'm in a way that I can act wholeheartedly. Jesus Christ is my example in everything that I do and all I need to ask myself is, "How would Jesus have me act now?"

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

Josh
I wonder why the churches and people of the world aren't looking for a prophet alive today. There has always, always been a prophet on the Earth so that men and women would be able to hear and follow God's will and His commandments. Why not now? From Adam to Enoch, from Abraham to Moses, all the way up to Jesus Christ there was a prophet on the Earth. After Christ was crucified and His apostles were all martyred or killed, His church was taken from the Earth. Now, since God doesn't change and He loves his people here on Earth now as much as He ever before, it only makes sense that He would continue to send us these special witnesses to the Earth today. Indeed, He has chosen special witnesses to be called to help lead and guide His church called prophets. We have prophets today as well--latter-day prophets--the first prophet in these Latter-Days was Joseph Smith in 1830. Jesus Christ's priesthood, the power and authority to act in His name, was handed down to Joseph and he was given the authorization and commandment to lead His church here on the Earth. I know that my God and my Heavenly Father would not leave me or any of us alone on the Earth without sending a prophet to be with us and to lead His church, just like He has always done. I know that today, in the year 2011, that He has sent the prophet Thomas S. Monson to be that prophet. I feel God's love through His prophet. Show more Show less

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

Josh
I believe that all of us--all the people that have ever lived or will ever live on this Earth--need to be saved by Jesus Christ and His atonement. All people, at some time in their lives, do something or act in a way that isn't how God would have wanted them or us to act. We may break a commandment or just act in a way that Jesus wouldn't have acted--this is what is called a sin. Jesus Christ was the only perfect person to live as one of God's children or to have lived without sin. Jesus always acted in full accordance with His Father and never did anything that His Father wouldn't have done Himself. Christ's atonement is how God has let us be forgiven of our sins. We can return to live with God just like Jesus returned to be with His Father along with His only perfect son: Jesus Christ. All we have to do is repent of our sins and follow Christ's example. Jesus Christ is our older and elder brother and He chose to come down to this Earth, to teach His Gospel, to suffer, and to bleed and die so that all of us, His brothers and sisters, could repent for the sins that we've committed and be forgiven by our Heavenly Father. Because of His sacrifice, we can be forgiven, and we can live together with Him, Our Heavenly Father, and with our families in heaven. Repenting is the only way that we can return to live with God and is the most merciful thing that God has let his children do--repent--and all thanks to Jesus Christ and His sacrifice! Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Josh
Why wouldn't families be able to live together forever? I'm not saying that it's easy or that all you need is a little piece of paper that is stamped by a government or a man and that you can be married forever. Ever since man and women were put on the Earth, they were commanded to be together and to even become one! But God doesn't want us to become one just for these few short years here on the Earth. I believe that every one of us will live for all of eternity and that we can also stay together--being married--for all eternity, when we follow what He tells us to do. In the Gospel of Matthew, sixteenth chapter and nineteenth verse Jesus Christ gave power to His disciples to seal families together forever. He said, “And it will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven." If couples will follow Christ's commandments, love each other, and be married and sealed by this same power from Jesus Christ, we also can live together forever with our spouses and our families. I am so grateful for this promise and for this blessing--I love my wife and can't imagine ever being without her or my three sons and one daughter. I know that families can be sealed together and be forever families and families forever! Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Josh
Broadly speaking, there are three ways to know our Father in Heaven: Pray--what better way can you get to know your Heavenly Father than to speak with Him and hear His answers? He will show and tell you of His; follow the example of Jesus Christ--there is no better way to know the character and personality and perfections than to boldly come before Him in prayer; keep or obey His commandments--read the scriptures to learn what God's will is for all of His children and then obey the things that He asks you to do! He is your and our Father and is saddened when you or any of His children don't speak to Him through prayer and we all can do and be so much better when we develop and maintain a personal relationship to Him and to His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ, by reading and understanding His scriptures--when in doubt or confused or just need help--Pray! Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Josh
In order to understand how the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints understands gay or lesbian lifestyles and sexuality, we need to travel to the days before this world was made and before any human was ever born. In order to see and understand the official church answers on this topic, you must accept the truth that before this world was made or created, every person that has been or ever will be placed on this Earth already had their own identity. The proclamation to the world tells us that, "ALL HUMAN BEINGS—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny. Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose." Given that we were either a son or a daughter of God before this world was and were born here with a divine sexuality--given to us by our Heavenly Father and Heavenly Mother--plus given the divine commandments first given to man's first parents, Adam and Eve, to "multiply and replenish the Earth," we know that our sexuality is known and fixed and that acting contrary to that is a perversion and sinful. Life on Earth is designed to help both man and woman become more like Our Heavenly Parents. Our life is to help us inherit our divine potential--become like Our Heavenly Parents. When anybody sexually acts otherwise, we are perverting God's eternal plan and our divine destiny. Show more Show less