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Hi I'm Josh

I"m a whitewater kayaker, a health nut, an outdoorsman, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a 20 year old dude who loves nature, life, people, and music. I have spent my summers river guiding on the Salmon River in Idaho where I gained my passion for kayaking and rafting. I grew up camping and backpacking in Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, and the surrounding wilderness. I enjoy the indoor sports of reading, guitar, and woodworking. I'm a huge fan of metal, classic rock, and reggae music. Physical fitness and eating right are very important to me - I swim, run, and practice yoga as well as following a very healthy diet. I love science and learning. I am studying in college to become a biology teacher and simply relish in learning more about the world around me and how God works. I am the second oldest of five children. Family is very important to me! My dream is to travel the world, kayaking everywhere I go and learning about the beauties of creation and the diverse cultures of God's children. I am currently serving a full time mission for the Church in the mighty TSAM - the Texas San Antonio Mission. It has been a great experience sharing the Gospel, serving others, and learning about life. Ladies, I get home soon!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church, but that doesn't mean I was born converted. My conversion to the Gospel of Jesus Christ has taken place over time as I've studied other religions and the lives of others, as well as applying the Gospel in my life. To be brief, no other way or path offers the peace of mind, moral standards, joy, or foundation quite like the Gospel of Jesus Christ does. Through my limited study (I am quite excited to learn more upon my return from service), I have found truth and goodness in all religions of the world. I have even gone so far as to implement some of the ideas and values I have learned into my everyday life. The difference about the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ is the wholeness it offers. I feel at peace. I feel safe. I feel joy. I feel wonder and awe. I feel gratitude. As a missionary I see daily the difference living certain standards has on peoples' lives. Following Christ truly does bring purpose, direction, and hope to those who follow Him. More imporatntly, though, I have had these truths confirmed to me by the Holy Ghost. Being a member of this Church is not easy - it is a lifestyle striving for service, peace, love, understanding, faith, good works, and commitment. As I've done my best to do what I know is right, I've felt that assurance and "warm fuzzy" feeling. I've had answers to my prayers in ways I never would have expected. Seeing God's hand in my life is undeniable. I know that my Heavenly Father loves me, knows me, and cares about me. It is good to be loved! I've read the Book of Mormon and know that it is true. I've asked God about the message of the Restoration and He has answered, and the overwhelming love I have felt in answer to my prayer has truly blessed my life. And, I get to live with my Family (and future wife - can't wait!) forever! What an amazing blessing!

How I live my faith

Right now I'm serving a as a full time missionary. Serving a mission has been a blessing and a trial. It sure is tough sometimes, but the personal growth and opportunity to serve and teach others far outweighs the sacrifices. This religion, this way of life, has blessed and strengthened my family and me and brought us closer together. I do my best to share this message with others, live a good life, and be a good example. I foster love and understanding for all whom I meet. Christ taught that we will be known as His disciples as we love one another. Isn't that what the world needs? More love and understanding? I am by no means perfect, but I try my best to love and serve. I try to be happy even when times are rough. I look forward with hope and live in the present, enjoying what God has given me. I try to be truly grateful for what I have been blessed with. I try my best to love all people and do good.