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Hi I'm Joshua

I love playing games! I like to talk to people and I am good at memorizing names. I love my family and Alabama and I am a Mormon!

About Me

Right now I am 22. My interests are in my family, my friends, games (board, card or video), sports, music especially classic rock and country (mostly country from the 90's and early 2000's) and just about everything else you can think of but the most important thing to me is my faith. I really enjoy talking to people about anything and everything. I enjoy working on cars and getting dirty as well as working on computers and staying clean. I've worked at Home Depot, in construction and before that I was a farm boy. I really enjoy putting in a good days work, but I also really enjoy relaxing after a long week. I love my family and playing board and card games with them. My extended family is really close and family get togethers are awesome and full of entertainment. I went to school at Eastern Arizona College (EAC) and was studying pre-med but now I will probably pursue something business related (I love to sell things) or maybe some sort of degree that will allow me to teach or speak publicly and actually make money doing so. Most likely my continued education will start again at EAC, Go GILA MONSTERS! I really enjoy sports and I miss watching ESPN, but that will all change in about 3 months. I love seeing people change their lives and not just change habits but truly become happier people with peace and love in their lives.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up I was taught to be a Mormon but I never really had a desire to be one until I moved away from home. The first two years of college I made some mistakes and I did not go to church and I did not practice religion at all. After those two years I realized I was missing something in my life and I chose to find it. I moved into a house a few miles from the college campus and there had a roommate that helped me find religion again. He bore powerful witness to me of the love he had for Christ and that through Christ we can be forgiven of all our wrong doings and be happy, truly happy. I took his words to heart and I found out for myself. I received a witness from God that I needed to go back to church, his church, and to repent and follow in Christ's footsteps. Since then I have never looked back I love my Savior and my Father in Heaven I know that they live and love me. I know that Christ's church is reestablished here on Earth and that it is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I found this out by reading the Book of Mormon and praying with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ and God made the truth known to me. I am simply Mormon because it simply makes sense, this is the only true and living church on the face of the earth.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by doing what is right even when it is hard. I love serving the Lord and doing His will. I love working hard and with my family. I know that families are extremely important to God's plan for us and I do my best to do my part to keep that family unit strong. At times we are all faced with decisions to get up and go on or to sit down and let the devil get the best of us. I make it my personal goal to never let the devil get the best of me and to continually strive to do better everyday. I have found that there is no better way to achieve true happiness than by living the Gospel of Jesus Christ and continuing to learn more of him. I will continue to press forward living this way until the day I die because I know that only those whose hearts are in the right place and who are doing the right thing will receive the fulness of God's glory. Right now living my faith means serving the Lord as a missionary and I am truly grateful for the opportunity that I have to serve. When I go home I will continue to serve the Lord in whatever capacity he calls me to serve in.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

A testimony is our own personal witness that we have gained by the Holy Ghost. A testimony usually includes basic gospel elements such as, God is our loving Father in Heaven. Others may include that Jesus Christ is the Savior and Redeemer of us all and that He truly did suffer and die that we might all live again and that He bore all of are burdens that we do not have to go through them alone. It may include that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is Christ's church once again restored on the earth. That Joseph Smith is a prophet who was called by God or that today we have a prophet Thomas S Monson. Also that the Book of Mormon is truely the word of God. It may also inlcude other principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and it is in fact something that is truly treasured. Each individual has the right to know for themselves and testimony is something that no one else can tell you that you do not have. In Galatians we read that "against such there is no law" and there truly is no way that someone can tell you what you know to be true isnt or that you have not received a spiritual witness. Show more Show less

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

My dad always told me you act how you dress. The longer I live the more I see that this is a truism. If someone dresses immodestly then the result or action is often times immoral conduct. The best way to help someone learn to be modest and act morally is to teach them why it is so important. Teach them why our bodies are so important and also teach them proper moral behavior rather than just letting them learn by experience. Too many times we shy away from teaching about morality and chastity and we push it off to long, then the result is children learn about things before we have had a chance to teach them and they engage in behavior because they have been taught by friends or society that it is ok. The best way to teach it is to do just that teach it. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

No not all mormons are required to serve a mission, but we do strongly encourage our young men to go and we welcome all young women to go also. This is also a voluntary act and they receive no pay or compensation for the work they do. The reward they gain is to be able to see wonderful people experience the joy and peace of the gospel and enjoy happy and fruitful lives, that in and of itself should be reason enough to listen to them. The whole purpose of the missionaries is to invite everyone to come unto Christ. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

The Law of Chastity is God's law to protect the sanctity of the procreative powers that he bestows upon his children. God has given us a law that prohibits sexual relations outside of the bonds of marriage and demands complete fidelity after marriage. Procreation is powerful and special. It is one very important instance where we work hand and hand with God to bring one of His spirit children to this earth. God wants all of his children to be in a family where a father and a mother love each other and love the Lord, thus it is up to us to provide such an environment. One of the goals in my life is to ensure that I marry in the temple so that I can be sure that my kids know that I love my wife and that we are dedicated to the Lord. By doing this and keeping the Law of Chastity I know that there is greater peace and happiness that I will be able to experience in this life and in the life to come. Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

The role of the husband and wife in the family is to rear the family in righteousness together. In the church not one person is more important than another because God is no respecter of persons. Furthermore I feel as though both the men and women in my life have played equally important roles. I feel like my mother deserves a special note because of how dedicated she was to teaching me the gospel and the fact that she never does or will give up on me. I hope that someday I can find a wife that will be incredible that I can work hand in hand with to the betterment of our family and relationship to God. God truly does intend for man and woman to walk side by side and neither is the man without the woman or the woman without the man. Show more Show less