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Hi I'm Josh

I'm a man. I'm a nerd. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love reading, anything from Tolkien to Star Wars to Les Miserables. I know a lot about words and where they come from, a subject that has always been fascinating for me. I love learning about language, whether English or Spanish, French, German, Modern Hebrew or Ancient Greek. I've been to two years of college and am now serving a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I love the work and the people, even though it always leaves me tired. I plan to finish my degree in Geology when I return home. I enjoy swing dance (especially the Lindi Hop), reading, learning, playing video games, and serving others. I believe that no aspect of who I am should be completely separate from the rest of me.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the Church. My parents did their level best to raise me right, but even though they tried, I didn't always believe the things they taught me. I began doing things I shouldn't have, and slowly lost my testimony of the truth. I forgot the commandments, I forgot how to live them, I forgot why I should. I even forgot that God loves me. I began to forget that life was a precious thing that we should treasure always, and I contemplated just ending it all. While I was in this very dark time, the Lord in His tender mercy set things up so that I was cut off from all the bad influences I had surrounded myself with. He put me in a place where I could hear Him again, when I wanted to hear him again, and he spoke to me. I remember the night clearly. I was lying on my bed, just miserable, wondering if God cared about me and if He even Existed. I heard a quiet voice telling me that it wasn't too late, I wasn't past help, I could change and God would help me if I let Him. I felt the tender love that God has for all his children, and I realised that though I had offended Him greatly, He stood ready to forgive me if I would repent, change my ways, and follow Him. That was the beginning of a long period of metamorphosis for me. Today I look back, and I am not the same person that I was then. I have changed, through the Merits and Mercy and Grace of Him Who Is Mighty to Save. I testify that God lives. God loves us, with a perfect love that we just can't understand. I testify that Jesus Christ died for me, for you, for all who will come unto Him with a broken heart and a contrite spirit. As part of my covenant, or promise, to follow Him, I have prayed about the Book of Mormon. I know it to be true. And because I know that, I know that Joseph Smith was a true Prophet of God, who spoke God's word by the power of the Holy Ghost. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was established by God through His Prophet. And that is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Living the Gospel of Christ is much more than just believing or going to church. Living the Gospel is not possible if you do not allow the Savior and His teachings to affect every aspect of your lives. The Gospel, or good news that Christ died for our sins, should soften our hearts with love for each other. That love leads us to serve one another, to become better than we are, to learn and grow and change until we become like the Perfect Example, Jesus Christ. In short, living the Gospel leads us to do good things, because the Savior did good things, and we want to be like Him because we love Him. So, I strive to do good things. Things like pray and read my scriptures every day. Things like serve my family members and friends. Things like obey God's Commandments- not out of fear, but out of love for the Savior. I strive to change myself for the better every day, because that is what the Savior has asked me to do. And, as the Savior said, "If ye love me, keep my commandments" (John 14:15, KJV).

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

"There is no flesh that can dwell in the presence of God, save it be through the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah" (2 Nephi 2:8). Men cannot be saved except through faith in Jesus Christ. As the Apostle Paul taught, we have to believe in the Savior, for "all have sinned, and come short of the Glory of God" (Romans 3:23, KJV), and all will be justified by faith in the Savior Jesus Christ (see Romans 3:30, KJV). Grace alone is not enough. We also need to have Ffith. However, as all-important and essential as faith is, faith alone is not enough to save us. The oft-quoted Romans 10:9 is followed by an important phrase: "For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness" (Romans 10:10, KJV). Belief is not enough if it does not lead us to righteousness. As Paul teaches us, "Shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid."(Romans 6:15, KJV). So, to sum it up, we believe that we are saved by grace if we keep the commandments that Jesus, the Son of God, gave us. That is why we "labor diligently to write to persuade our children, and also our brethren to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace we are saved after all we can do" (2 Nephi 25:23). Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

In the Book of Acts, Chapter 1, Peter and the other ten apostles meet together to choose Matthias as a new apostle to replace Judas the Traitor (Acts 1:15-26, KJV). From this we draw a logical conclusion that the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles was meant to have continued well after our Savior died. Now, it didn't, because people killed them all, but we can at least infer that it was supposed to. By direct revelation, God called and ordained twelve modern apostles shortly after He called Joseph Smith to be a Prophet. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is "built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone" (Ephesians 2:19, KJV), in accordance with the Holy Bible and modern revelation. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

YES. Mormons, or Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, are definately Christians. Please consider the Name of the church: the Church of Jesus Christ- whos' Church? Jesus Christ's. Not Joseph Smith or Brigham Young or Moses or Peter or anybody else. I have accepted as my Savior Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God. Many people say I do not believe in the same Christ they do. They say it for many reasons. But, as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I am saying to you now, that we believe in Jesus Christ as the Only Begotten Son of the Father, as the Only Perfect Man to ever walk the Earth, as the only name or way given whereby men may obtain salvation, the only Savior of mankind. So, yes. Mormons are Christian. Show more Show less