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Hi I'm Joshua

I'm from Kaysville, Utah. I'm working on growing up still. I'm a college student. I make mistakes. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a college student who is just trying to figure out where he is going in life. I am the hiring manager at a McDonald's. Lame right? Yep! My friends and I can have a lot of crazy fun. We probably watch more movies than we should. I do have to say that the superhero ones are my favorite. I love to make people laugh. Even if it's not how I really feel, I have to fake it. I think we all do that, we all have the different acts that we put on.

Why I am a Mormon

I've been raised as a Mormon from day one. Church was a social thing. Growing up in Utah, all the people I knew were Mormon. Everybody; family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, that random guy at the store, they were all members of the Church. Every time, there would be someone asking me to help with something, go to the activities, and even go to church. I was a Mormon on the outside but not so much on the inside. My whole life I was taught what I should do. I did most of it how I was supposed to, but I didn't really question it. I didn't understand why I was asked to do all that stuff. I asked myself,"Do I really know that this is true?" I didn't. I had heard it my whole life, but I had never really done it for the right reasons, I did it because I was told to. I had never sincerely read and prayed about the Book of Mormon wanting to know for myself that it is true. So I did what I am now inviting you to do. I sat down and read the whole book (you don't have to read the whole thing to know it's true, it will help though). As soon as I finished, I knelt down and prayed. I asked my Heavenly Father if this book was true. I didn't get the answer I had been wanting; that angelic visit or the booming voice from Heaven. I got the answer that my Heavenly Father knew that I needed. It was a powerful peace that filled my whole body, I cannot deny that feeling. I know this church is Christ's true church and that's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I gained a testimony of this church, now I'm working on making that testimony a part of me and actually living what I know to be true. I'm trying to not just be in the church but have the church be in me. It's hard, but it gets easier every day I do what I'm supposed to. I like keeping things simple, that's how the Lord works. "By small and simple things are great things brought to pass" (Alma 37:6-7). I do my best to go to church, read the scriptures, pray, share my testimony, invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive His restored Gospel, keep the commandments, cheer someone up, make someone's burden lighter, as many of those small and simple things that I can. I make mistakes and sin every now and then. A big part of how I live my faith now is by repenting and trying to be better each day.

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Joshua
The church is growing because it is true. It is the "stone cut out of the mountain without hands," that will fill "the whole earth" (Daniel 2:45, 35). Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Joshua
It is awesome! I have never been happier. I just can't describe it, but this scripture here can, "And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it" (Mosiah 2:41). I'm not saying I keep all the commandments perfectly, but I'm trying and for that I have seen blessings. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Joshua
Faith is "the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" (Hebrews 11:1). Substance is something you can hold on to and evidence is proof. So God gives us something to hold on to and hope for. Plus, he will always give us evidence. Evidence comes by experimenting. Here's a little experiment that you can try at home. If you plant a seed, water it, nourish it, and take care of it, then it will grow. Faith is like a seed. If you want it to grow you need to take care of it, but first you have to plant it! Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Joshua
This 10% does help move the church along, but couldn't God just tell us where a gold mine is? God doesn't need money. By asking us to exercise a little faith, He helps us grow and trust Him. "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it." (Malachi 3:10) It's not a suggestion, it's a commandment. In Malachi, it didn't say,"If you want, you can prove me. But only if you want to." It said,"Prove me now." Try it! Your Heavenly Father has untold blessings waiting for you. All blessings come by obedience to a commandment. He wants to bless you, he just asks you you exercise a little faith. Show more Show less