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Hi I'm Josh

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am not what you would consider to be a typical mormon. I enjoy watching football on sundays, my favorite hobby is one that involves replica firearms that shoot real projectiles at high velocity at another human being, and I dislike anything that has the letters B, Y, and U listed in that order. I am far from perfect. At work my Golden Rule is "do unto others before they do unto me." I avoid most social situations as people have the annoying habit of frying my last nerve. And I've even been known to let loose a swear word or two when someone or something invokes my dissatisfaction. So why do I tell you all this? The reason a simple. I may be one who dislikes all the cliches and idiosyncrasies of mormon culture, and I may be that guy who fits in more than with democrats than republicans, but I am a Mormon. As a mormon I have very strong beliefs in very real truths that would be against my very nature to deny. In short, I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is God's true church and even a guy like me should never deny it.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a mormon for one reason: authority. The reason why I authority is so important to me is that if a man is going to speak of God and His ways, he had better have got God's permission. Otherwise, he is just spouting off doctrines of his own interpretations and imaginations. I have found that Mormons are the only church on the whole earth that possesses this authority. We call it the priesthood. I have seen the priesthood in action, and to deny this great power that has been given to modern day prophets, just as in biblical days, would go agianst my nature. I do not see the priesthood authority as a power to be wielded as a sword, but rather a beautiful sign of trust that God has shown to his children. Closely linked to the priesthood authority of god is the eternal nature of families. The greatest influence I have in my life right now is my wife. The love that I have for her would be insulted if I tried to put it into words because I am just not that eloquent. Through the sacred bonds of priesthood authority, I can be sealed to her for time and all eternity. This is a much greater alternative to "until death do us part." She has changed my definition of love, as before I only had a rudimentary knowledge of the subject. Being a mormon gives me a firm knowlege that she will be my wife into the eternities. Family has been important to me my entire life, but as an adolescent and even into young adulthood, I never truly understood the bonds that bring a family together. A short time ago, my wife and I were blessed with a beautiful baby girl. This child has truly shown me what it is to love. I understand so much more now more than ever many aspects of love. I now understand why my parents did a lot of the things they did, and still do today, in relation to raising their children. God has given me a little family to love and cherish. The fact that I can be together with them forever through the binding ties of priesthood authority is why I am a mormon.

How I live my faith

I've never been one to wear my religion on my sleeve. Things I hold sacred and dear to me I usually keep close and guarded. However I do try to live my faith through my words and deeds. I try to be a good example of a Mormon wherever I may go. Whenever I see someone in need, I offer assistance. I respect other people and all living things. If I can influence one person for good every day, then I feel that I've lived my faith.

What is being a Mormon like?

Josh
Being a Mormon is really all about what you make of it, and your attitude towards it. For me, my faith is an anchor that protects me from being tossed about by the winds and seas of life, and possibly from my own demise. With this attitude, being a mormon is a steady balance in my life that gives me great direction and hope. Show more Show less