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Hi I'm Josh

I was born in Germany to a U.S. Army family. I'm now a lawyer living in Arizona with my beautiful wife and 4 kids. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I live in Arizona with my wife and four young children. We recently moved here from Maryland, and we're still trying to adjust to the Arizona desert heat. We hear the winters here are great. And we're happy to be living closer to our families in California. I worked as an attorney for a law firm in downtown Washington, DC, and I'm still looking for work here. We're very hopeful that I'll find the right job, which I will enjoy and which will allow me to spend more time with my family. I enjoy hiking, running, reading whenever I have time, and going places with my family. Our four kids are ages 5 to 9, including 7-year-old identical twin boys. We definitely stay busy.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Mormon church by very loving parents. Both were life-long church members and are descended from early Mormon pioneers who crossed the plains in covered wagons to settle in the American West. My ancestors suffered religious persecution for their beliefs and were forced from their homes to find a new place to settle in the mountains of Utah. Their legacy of faith, hard work, and sacrifice has always inspired me. When I left home for college, however, I had a strong desire to know for myself whether all the things my parents had taught me were true. I read in the Book of Mormon that a person can pray to know what is right and that God would answer. One night alone in my dorm room, I knelt and asked God if all the things I had been taught about Him, Jesus Christ, the prophets, the scriptures, and the church were true. A remarkable, wonderful feeling came over me that I will never forget, and I knew that God answered my prayer with a powerful "Yes." Since that day, I have had many, many similar experiences, and I have seen God's hand in my life. I'm a Mormon because I love the truths I learn at church, the closeness I feel to my Savior Jesus Christ, and the spiritual guidance I receive for myself and my family.

How I live my faith

Almost everyone at church does something to help out. We believe that we serve God by serving others. I have had many different volunteer opportunities over the years and was recently asked if I'd be willing to teach Sunday School to a class of seventeen- and eighteen-year-olds. I love working with these young people on the cusp of adulthood and seeing all their enthusiasm for life and their desire to serve. Now that I'm in my early thirties, I feel I can share with them some useful things I've learned in the dozen or so years since I was in their shoes. I also find other ways to serve by, for example, helping people move, visiting families from church to see if they need help with anything, and paticipating in various service projects. When I serve others, I tend not to focus so much on my own problems, and I feel happy knowing that God is pleased with my effors.