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Hi I'm Joshua

I grew up in Arizona, am married with six children and am a planner, gamer, writer and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married to a wonderful woman and we have six children (five living). I love games, video games, board games, you name it. I also enjoy painting, writing, and reading. I have received both undergrad and graduate degrees and use those degrees in my profession. I am currently working on two books with another two ideas rattling around my brain. Our kids, my wife and I really enjoy playing Risk together.

Why I am a Mormon

Early in my life I began reading the Book of Mormon. I wanted to know if it was truly the word of God. As I read I noticed several things occurring in my life. I always felt a deep peace as I read, my understanding of gospel questions in other areas was expanded, and I had increased strength to resist temptations, especially those my peers would throw at me (invitations to drink smoke, etc.). I gained a testimony that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, not because I saw an angel, or because I heard a loud voice in the heavens proclaiming its truthfulness; but through the still quiet small moments as I read. My feelings of peace, the quiet tender and sometimes tearful moments of reading about these great men and women and their trials, hardships, pain and suffering. They provide incredible examples of those who, even in the most trying of circumstances maintained their belief in a loving God and in our Savior Jesus Christ. I know the Book of Mormon is true. I know Joseph Smith translated it through the power and direction of God. I encourage you to read and reread it.

How I live my faith

I currently work with the men at church. Our goal is to help others spiritually draw closer to God and to find peace and joy. Previously I taught doctrine classes at church. My goodness but the spirit was so strong during both the lessons as well as during the time I prepared for the lessons, and my knowledge and understanding of our Savior and the ancient Apostles was increased. I do my best to live my beliefs, and while I am no where near perfect, I know that Lord hears our prayers. I strive daily to be a good parent and a good husband. I try to find ways to ease my wife's burdens. By serving her I set a good example for my children and teach them respect for their mother. I strive to treat those around me with love and respect as the Savior would if He were here. I strive to live my life better today than I did yesterday.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Temples are where we go to be married for time and all eternity to our spouses, where we can provide ordinances for those who have passed on without the opportunity when they were alive and obtain blessings from the Lord. These ordinances are Sacred, not secret. Church members and others who may not yet have joined the church may avail themselves of these blessings and opportunities if they choose to live up to the standards of worthiness required to enter. A few of these standards include Baptism by immersion by one holding the proper authority, receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost, repenting of our sins, paying tithing, keeping our minds, words, and actions clean and pure, being honest in all things, and serving others. Show more Show less