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Hi I'm Josh

I'm a motorcycle riding, scuba diving, airplane flying husband and a dad, and I'm also a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the oldest of 5 kids and both parents were/are teachers. My wife is now a teacher and I am also a certified flight instructor. I guess I am surrounded by people giving instruction. I have 4 kids of my own from a previous marriage and 1 stepson from my current marriage. I love flying! I started flying right out of high school and later became a Commercial licensed pilot. I still hold a current CFI (Certified Flight Instructor) certificate. I also took up scuba diving in 2008 and love diving as often as time permits. I ride a motorcycle to work about as often as weather permits. I occasionally take my wonderful wife on longer rides too. Among other hobbies I also love to wakeboard/waterski and take my kids camping. I love baseball, but go figure my boys are more into football. I also play the saxophone and piano. All of my kids play instruments and 3 of them also play the saxophone just like dad.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in a Mormon family. I figured it was just a given fact that I would go on a church mission when I was 19 years old. At the age of 18 I realized that if I am leaving to be a missionary for 2 years, then I need to really know if this church is true for myself instead of relying on my parents. The summer before I was going to turn 19, you could say I had some time on my hands since I didn't have a job and I wasn't in school. So I decided to at least read the Book of Mormon for the 1st time in my life. I planned it all out and decided I would read about 10 pages a day so I could finish in a couple months. I started out doing that but by the 4th day I didn't want to stop after only 10 pages. I read more and more each day. By the 6th day, I was so in love with this book and I started reading almost all day long. On the morning of the 7th day, I started early and read all day and all night. I didn't sleep and hardly at anything. I finally finished the Book of Mormon on the morning of the 8th day. While I read this book, I was so overtaken by the stories and the things I had read. I just knew this book had to be true, but I remembered a promise written in the last few pages of the book, It said that anyone can find out for themselves if these things are true by praying, and that their prayers would be answered. In my head, I already knew it was true but I put this promise to the test. I knelt on my knees and began to pray, already knowing the answer, but at that moment when I asked if it was true, I felt an overwhelming and wonderful feeling inside me. It was as if the last 8 wonderful days of reading all came back to me in that very instant. I knew my prayer was answered. Now I had the confirmation. Because I knew then that this book is true, then I also know the church is true. That is why I am a Mormon to this day.

How I live my faith

I have done many things within the different church ward areas I have lived in. I have been a Varsity scout coach for 14 yr old boys. I was a Sunday school teacher for various ages ranging from 5 to 14 yrs old. I am now a ward clerk assisting the ward and the bishop in record keeping and other clerical duties including taking care of supplies and finances. The thing that I do the most to live my faith however is teaching my kids and my family the principles of Jesus Christ. I am not perfect but do my best to be a great father to them and an even better husband to my wife. With my own actions, I try to show them love, service, and sacrifice. I spend time with them each individually and teach them about the principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I say it as often as I can to them without wearing out the meaning, just how much "I love them".

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Josh
As a ward clerk I am entrusted with handling the donations, fast offerings and tithing each week. I get a chance first hand to see just how generous people are. I see how it has helped the church, the people, and even in times of disaster the needs of communities. It always amazing to me that people will give so freely and in return I see the blessings they receive in their own lives including me an my family's lives. Each time I see a temple being built, a church being constructed, books or materials being delivered, or another missionary out doing a selfless sacrifice for two years of their lives, I know where the money came from to provide for it. It came from regular, faithful members just like me. I can't explain how great that feels to be apart of that. Even those $1(or even less) donations I've seen from younger kids is a heart warming thing to know that even this small amount helps move the church forward. Show more Show less