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Hi I'm Josh

I am studying chemistry. I am a health and nutrition fanatic. I want to be a surgeon. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm single, 22, and currently a full-time college student trying to get into medical school. I grew up in Idaho, in a small town. My great grandparents helped to raise my little brother and I during my parents' working day hours. They instilled in us some Great Depression era values, such as frugality and hard work. Scholarship and academics are very important to me--not for what I can get, in terms of a paycheck, but for what I can give, after learning the necessary skills. I'm studying chemistry as a premed qualification, hoping someday to surgically restore the natural beauty of the face to those who, through burns or otherwise, have been disfigured. You can't give water out of an empty well. I wouldn't say that I have fun the same way everyone else does. The feeling of being alone in a quiet library with a big textbook is often more appealing to me than sports and parties. I love learning truth, whether it be spiritual or scientific, and putting that truth to work in my life. However, the greatest joy I find from day to day is when I make an extra effort to serve someone else, and to give more than I receive. I believe that the measure of a man is not what he gets, but what he gives. The greatest heroes are not those who performed isolated, amazing acts, but the mothers and fathers who from day to day live their lives for others. I live life by this principle: "Never let a task to be done become more important than a person to be loved." - President Thomas S. Monson

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. During high school, I lost my way, as the influence of friends and my own curiosity led me to popular and immoral choices. I found myself at a point where I was miserable. I felt there was nobody who would love me if they knew about the mistakes I had made, and I was left alone to carry them. As I attended church, I was taught that there were four steps we could take to ensure our happiness: to pray daily, read scriptures daily, attend church, and give tithes. I was doing some of those things, but not all. I decided to act. Faith and belief are different. A belief is an idea that you hold to be true. Faith is when you act on the beliefs you hold. -- (teaching of the Mormon church) As I began to read scriptures every day, my eyes were opened. I started in the Book of Mormon, and the Old Testament. I learned that God could change my heart, or my desires. I chose to repent for my sins. This verse describes that change: "Behold, he Jesus Christ changed their hearts; yea, he awakened them out of a deep sleep, and they awoke unto God. Behold, they were in the midst of darkness; nevertheless, their souls were illuminated by the light of the everlasting word;..." - Alma 5:7, Book of Mormon I was laying on the couch one morning, a few weeks after having made great changes in my life. I remember clearly receiving an overwhelming feeling of peace, and love, seemingly from nowhere. I felt forgiveness. He manifested himself to me. "...if the Gentiles shall hearken unto the Lamb of God in that day that he shall manifest himself unto them in word, and also in power, in very deed, unto the taking away of their stumbling blocks--" 1Nephi 14:1, Book of Mormon

How I live my faith

I consider myself a great investor. Some may invest in stocks, others in property or mutual funds. I invest in funds with eternal dividends: character, relationships, and knowledge. Those things stay behind when I die (Matt. 6:19-21). The principles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints have taught me how to prioritize my life and my activities, and shown me what matters most. I believe that God is intimately involved in every detail of our lives. I believe He loves us, and wants the best for us. When we put Him first on our list of priorities, everything else is taken care of. I make my decisions based on the guidance of the Holy Ghost, often as answers to prayers. I believe God can show us what is right and wrong, moment by moment, by His Spirit. Violent video games, music, and movies force His Spirit away, because "no unclean thing can dwell in the presence of God." The world appeals to pleasures and impulses. I try to live a life in the world, but not of the world. I want the same for my someday children.