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Hi I'm Josh

I'm an accounting major, I've lived in seven U.S. states, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a graduate accounting student and preparing for a career in business. I am the oldest of four children and find tremendous happiness from my friends and family. My life has been full of change and adjustment as I have lived in seven U.S states and moved ten times. Having been born in the Church, I have grown while trying to understand how to learn and live the gospel. I am a sports enthusiast and enjoy exercise and outdoor activities. I served a mission for the Church in Houston, Texas, and I will always be grateful for that experience.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in the Church and diligently taught by faithful parents. As I was exposed to these truths, the spirit gradually confirmed to me they are true. However, I have had experiences where my faith was tested. Just like everyone else, I had to know for myself whether the Church was true. This knowledge has come like a sunrise, slowly but surely. As I attend Church, guidance comes. As I repent of my sins, I feel the Savior's sweet forgiveness. As I read the Book of Mormon, the Spirit gives me a powerful witness of its truth. As I follow the counsel of my leaders, especially the prophet, safety and peace comes. As I share the gospel with others, the light of the gospel fills my soul. But overall, as I live the principles of the gospel, peace and joy engulfs my life. As a teenager, I started to read the Book of Mormon. There were times that I felt an overwhelming power as I read it, but most of the time I felt a quiet, peaceful feeling. Each story and sermon in the Book of Mormon means something different to me each time I read it. The older I get, the more I realize the Book of Mormon was written for our day. Over time, my assurance of the Book of Mormon’s truth is undeniable. As I have continued to read it, I have gained a strong witness of the reality of Jesus Christ. As I have followed the counsel of Church leaders, my understanding of and ability to apply the gospel has grown tremendously. I have made a habit of reading their teachings from General Conference (a large meeting held twice a year that is broadcast to the world), and my assurance has grown that God has indeed called apostles and prophets to lead His Church. Their teachings have enhanced my study of the scriptures. Our world is full of so much confusion and doubt, and the teachings of these leaders has kept me safe and confident. As I have lived the gospel and observed others do so, the blessings that come are undeniable. This safety and peace cannot be found anywhere else.

How I live my faith

I am grateful for the gift that God has given us to have freedom of choice. We usually call this agency, and it is vital to our progression. As I have used my agency unwisely, I have never found peace. Nothing really clicks, and there is a void in my heart. But when I have used my agency wisely, I have that good feeling in my heart that God is pleased. The power I have to become motivates me to live the best I can. Above all, I strive to have the Spirit with me. This is one of the most precious gifts God can grant us. I read my scriptures daily, especially the Book of Mormon. I also study the teachings of the modern day prophets and apostles. I pray regularly. I attend church each Sunday, focusing on the sacrament. I participate in the various church assignments I may receive. I strive to live the morals and standards that God has given us to have an abundant and happy life. I also keep close to my heart the promises I have made with God. This lifts me higher as I focus on them. I also value the importance of service, as it is one of the main tenants of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I am not perfect at living the gospel. Our life on earth can be a beautiful process of becoming and changing and repenting. In the New Testament, Christ teaches us that life eternal is to know the only true God and Jesus Christ. To come to know God requires obedience, sacrifice, and humility. As I live the gospel, my life feels complete. Living the gospel challenges me regularly, but the blessings that flow from it are well worth the sacrifice.