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Hi I'm Joshua Jorgensen

I happen to be a Latter-Day Saint.

About Me

I'm a missionary!!! I love music, and attempt to be a drummist. I love to enjoy a good book, travel, and my goal is to makes those who aren't smiling grow one across their face. My hands are kind of rediculous; I have been told by some kids that "I'm either a martian or I got hurt, but most likely a martian," "I am a magician", and that "the factory must have been running low;" I have 7 fingers. Yes, the perfect number. I love my family. They have supported me in every decision, and I love to hear their advice. I need to grow, and well-aged people are the perfect people to ask. Right now I am currently serving in the Oregon Salem Mission (started in Portland Mission). I am so thankful for the change that being here has brought to me. I am changing for the better. What I want more than anything is explained best by Paul speaking to the Romans: "...that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established; That is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me." I don't want others to just know a bunch of facts about some religion, or memorize a ton of scriptures, but I want them to recognize the why of the gospel; we live the gospel so that our Father can hold us again in His arms. We live it because while we are away from Him, he still wants to help us to find happiness and strength in any situation. He wants us to "be comforted together" in faith, that we might feel the love of God and of each other, continually.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church, but my best friend helped me understand the importance of it in my life, starting by the simple question of "What did you learn in seminary." My sister being diagnosed with cancer gave me a reason to seek it's truth. I have seen so much throughout my young life, that I cannot deny the hand of God and his love for me. Even more so, the Spirit of the God has born witness to my heart of this wonderful church. It is the Church of Jesus Christ once again established upon the earth. I know that Jesus is the Christ; He has lifted many of my burdens, and, by taking upon myself His yoke, He helps to carry the load of my every day challenges. He truly is my Savior. His call to be "perfect" wasn't an unreachable goal, but an invitation to reach our full potential through His Atonement. What Love!

How I live my faith

MISSIONARY WORK for the next couple years! Besides that, I have gained a love of lending a helping hand. One of my favorite activities is visiting those in care facilities, and retired folks, who really need to have someone to talk to. I love seeing them light up when we walk in the door. I hope to continue that activity when I return home. Also, I love, love, love the scriptures!!! The more I read, the more I learn, and the easier it is to have the words of life at the ready, to be used in any conversation. It is amazing to see that what the prophets have said is true; the gospel is in everything. I hope to be a good example to my family, and that I can one day be able to instruct my children in the ways of the Lord. I have seen the power of the gospel taught in the home, and know that, just as Nephi, they may go through hardships and trials, but gospel knowledge will help to see the "goodness and the mysteries of God."

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Joshua Jorgensen
In the Book of Mormon it teaches "All things denote there is a God; yea, even the earth... and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator" -Alma 30:44 The Bible also teaches this in Act's 17 which reads "God that made the world and all things therein... he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things... That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device." I think the biggest thing that testifies to methat there is a God, aside from the complexities in creation, is our own individuality. After being confused by a friend who said that he didn't believe in God, my 7 year old self went home to ponder. I thought about myself and how personal I am; I cannot will or control another animal or person, nor can they me. While pondering on this, I felt a very comforting and peacful feeling that I had existed before, and will continue to do so. Through the Restored Gospel, I have gained many more witnesses in my life and the lives of others that God is real, and wants us back. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Joshua Jorgensen
In the words of President Brigham Young concerning revelation, he said, "the greatest fear I have is that the people of this Church will accept what we say as the will of the Lord without first praying about it and getting the witness within their own hearts that what we say is the word of the Lord." A testimony is not gained by just hearing and accepting what someone says. It is gained by earnest prayer, study, with real intent, and the Holy Ghost bearing witness of its truth. The Holy Ghost is there to help us know what is true and what isn't. For example, if God is there, if there is a Savior, and if his church is upon the earth. Through prayer and study, I have come to know for myself that there is a God; he is our Heavenly Father who loves us and have prepared a way whereby we can return to live in His presence. I know that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, and that by abiding by the principles of His gospel we can be cleansed from sin, find peace and comfort through times of adversity, and be able to qualify for eternal life. I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the Lord's church once again established upon the earth. I bear you my witness, given by the Holy Ghost, that what I say is true, and do so in the name of Jesus Christ, amen. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Joshua Jorgensen
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is based upon strengthening the family. Throughout the world, the church does just that by giving humanitarian aid to 167 different countries. In Mathew ch. 22 verses 36-40 the Apostles ask a wonderful question: 36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt alove the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. Not in any of those verses does it say thou shalt give service only to my saints. Heavenly Father wants to bless and help all of his children, and we are commissioned as members to help in that effort. We even promise to do that when we are baptized. Missionaries around the world give countless of hours of service, usually 2-4 hours a week at least per companionship; with 58,990 missionaries serving in a variety of countries, that is close to 118,000 service hours a week!!! Truly, when we are in the service of our fellow beings, we are only in the service of our God. Show more Show less