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Hi I'm Josh

I'm a percussionist, I've been called to serve in Rio De Janeiro, and I'm a Mormon

About Me

Hey there I'm Josh! I'm 18 years old and I graduated high school in the spring of 2015. I have two siblings, a sister who is exactly a year older than me to the day and a brother who is 24 and was recently married and sealed in the temple. I love music whether I'm listening to it or making it. Throughout high school I was involved in choir and band. I'm a percussionist and I also play the ukulele. I live in Colorado so naturally I love the outdoors. I love camping, hiking, and canoeing. I'm an avid disc golfer and I recently picked up longboarding. My sister and I both put in our mission papers shortly after I graduated high school in the spring of 2015. We both ended up receiving our calls on our birthday. My sister was called to the Brazil Fortaleza Mission and I was called to the Brazil Rio de Janeiro Mission. We both Support to the Sao Paulo Missionary Training Center on November 25th where we spend 6 weeks learning Portuguese and learning how to actually be a missionary. After that we will part ways to our separate mission. I'm so excited to go out and serve the Lord as well as the people of Rio de Janeiro.

Why I am a Mormon

Sadly I don't have any cool and dramatic conversion story. My parents were both members and I never really had a choice. Many people have told me it's stupid to blindly follow your parents religion and I couldn't agree more. But I am NOT a member of this church just because my parents are. My parents taught me the principles of the gospel but they always understood the importance of me knowing the gospel to be true for myself. If I didn't believe this was the only true church on the earth then I wouldn't go to church. I have sought out my own testimony of the Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith, Jesus Christ and many other things relating to the church. I have prayed and asked to know if things are true and I have always felt the spirit confirming or denying the truthfulness. I have seen the blessings of living the gospel in my own life and in the lives of others. Nothing in this world has brought me more happiness than the knowledge of the Plan of Salvation. There is a huge comfort in knowing that there is a God and knowing that he loves us more than we can known. It's such a blessing to know that Jesus Christ is our savior and that he took our sins upon himself and sacrificed himself so that we could repent and be worthy to live with our Father in Heaven again. I am so grateful to know that there is a life after we die and that we can spend eternity with our families.

How I live my faith

I don't live in Utah so honestly living your faith can be tricky sometimes. My high school has about 20 other LDS youth which isn't a whole lot when your student body is about 2000 students. It's impossible no to feel the presence of the adversary in the halls of my school. Filthy language is all around, fights break out once a week and the use of drugs is all around. This honestly has made it difficult to live my faith. I've found it's almost never the "cool" thing to be religious and it's even harder to be LDS. People always think you're different or they you're a killjoy who has no life. Luckily I have a group of friends that may not be LDS but accept my stand on certain issues and they respect my values. I try to be a good example to my friends and peers and represent the values of our church in a positive way. I've been made fun of for standing up for what I believe in and it's hard not to be hurt by that and it seems like the easy things to do is to just to stay unnoticed and brush off question about the church and the gospel but I've always found the strength from Heavenly Father to keep standing up for what I believe in.