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Hi I'm Josh Felix

I love to read and write and want to be a book editor after college. I also love to sing and play the piano. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the oldest of five children, and wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. I was homeschooled growing up, so my siblings and parents are some of my best friends. When I was four years old my mom and dad began teaching me how to read. Not long after that I was reading chapter books, and would devour any story I could get my hands on. Reading is still my favorite thing to do. Second to that would be playing the piano or singing, and sometimes, both. My parents started me in piano lessons when I was seven. I never wanted to practice. But after a while I began to realize how amazing music truly is. I continued to take lessons until I was eighteen, and then I went to college. I am currently serving a full-time mission for the Church in St. Louis, Missouri. When I am done I plan on going back to college, getting married, starting a family, and starting a career. My dream is to be a father. After seeing the joy my family has brought into my life, I cannot wait to have a family of my own. Part of that, though, requires that I have a job as well. My dream job is to be a book editor/publisher. I want to be able to read people's stories, help them become better, and hopefully help someone through it. There are few things more powerful than the written word, when you have the right imagination. I want to help good things and lessons spread throughout the world.

Why I am a Mormon

Some people might say that since I grew up in the Church and have been learning the Gospel since I could talk, that I don't really know for myself that this Church is true. Well, that was true at one point in my life. But it isn't anymore. Through the power of prayer and scripture study, I know for myself, beyond any fragment of doubt, that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is true. I know that Joseph Smith is a Prophet of God, and that he translated the Book of Mormon through the power of God, and that the Book of Mormon is the truest book on the Earth. I know that Thomas S. Monson is a Prophet of God, and that he speaks to the Church for God today. I know that only through the Gospel of Jesus Christ can we live with Heavenly Father again. I also know Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer, and that He suffered for my sins, sorrows, worries, and pains. He knows me personally, so I will do everything I can to repay Him.

How I live my faith

As a missionary, you get a unique glimpse of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Church, that few others get to experience. For me, that means that I get out of the Utah "bubble" and see what life is like when there are very few Mormons around you. Suffice to say, it's an eye-opening experience. But the whole purpose of a mission isn't to see what life is like somewhere else. It's to bring someone closer to Jesus Christ, even if it's just yourself. Since I have started my mission, I have come to realize that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is something that no one else in the world has. Because it isn't from the world. When truly understood, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is much more than a religious belief. It's a way of living. When someone lives the Gospel of Jesus Christ, they try their hardest to act as Christ would act, they do those things that Christ would do, they even try to think as Christ would think. They quite literally turn their lives over to God, allowing Him to do His will through them. And in return they receive strength when they face trials. They feel the love and peace of God. They become truly happy. They realize their full potential as children of God, and receive God's help in reaching it. In order to fully live the Gospel, you have to know it's true. You have to know it in your heart. Which I do. I may be young, and I know I'm far from perfect, but I do my best to live that way. Every day. When I do all I can, Christ makes up the rest.

What is being a Mormon like?

Josh Felix
Mormons are normal people. Of course, this statement depends on your definition of normal. Is normal someone who knows the latest and greatest happenings in the world? Is normal someone who you can talk to about politics, the latest movies and books, or the newest and coolest gadgets? If that's your definition of normal, then yes, we are fairly normal. If you think that normal is someone who does whatever they feel like whenever they feel like it, which seems to be the prevailing messages of culture today, then no, we aren't normal. Being a Mormon is a lot like being a "normal" person though. We want things. We like things, and we dislike things. We have opinions. We go through hard things. We experience life too. But, being a Mormon is a lot like living in the world without being of the world. There are things that the world cannot explain. Who God is, where we go after we die, where we came from, what the purpose of life is, and why life has to be hard. Many people never find the answers to these questions. The answers, when found and treasured, give perspective to life that brings happiness and peace. And those answers are found only through the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ, and Mormons have those answers. We understand things in a way no one else can. And that makes us different. It makes us better. We live in a way that brings us happiness, but that way isn't the world's way. It's God's way. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Josh Felix
Missionary work is a huge part of our faith, but it is not required to be a fully participating member. Typically young men between the ages of 18 and 25 choose to serve 2-year missions. Young women can also serve missions, but must be 19 years of age, and serve for 18 months. Senior couples are also allowed to serve missions. For many of us it is one way we can show the Lord Jesus Christ that we love Him and are dedicated to His work. Many missionaries also serve missions because we know the blessings that the Gospel has brought into our lives and want to provide everyone with the chance to experience those same blessings. Because we want to share the Gospel with everyone, missionaries are sent to almost every country in the world. Serving a mission is a labor of love, and many people call their missions the best two years of their lives. No matter where we serve or what language we are speaking, we know that we are representatives of Christ, called and chosen to take His Gospel to those who do not have the fulness of it. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Josh Felix
Faith is a hard word to define. And it can be different for everyone. The scriptures say that faith is belief in the unseen (See Alma 32:21 and Hebrews 11:1). But that can be confusing to people too. Ultimately, faith is trust. But, like the scriptures say, it's trust in something we can't necessarily see or touch. It's trust in something we can't explain, but is real and true, nonetheless. We have faith that God is there, but we only have our own conviction and feelings as proof we can use. With that faith we also trust in His promises. And that leads us to act according to those promises. As we continue to act and see those promises being kept, our faith in those promises increases, and we continue acting that way. In this way, faith is a trust that leads to action. Faith is also a trust that whatever happens to us is part of God's plan. This faith helps us to continue acting according to those promises, even when it seems impossible. This faith is what helps us to weather the storms of life. It grows the same way: keeping our end of the promises God has made with us. Show more Show less