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Hi I'm Josh Oelrich

I'm a Mormon. I served a Mission for the church in Sacramento, CA. I married my wife in the Oakland Temple and we have 3 boys.

About Me

I was born and raised in Alaska and I swore, when I was serving a mission in northern California for the church, that I would not become one of the California wimps, that bundle up when it is like 60 degrees. But unfortunately I am one of them now. My wife was born and raised in this area and we moved here early on in our marriage. I work in the computer industry, specifically in Networking and provide Technical Presentations and assist in designing Solutions for customers around the world. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, playing sports, singing and writing. I am currently writing a Sci-Fi/Fantasy novel and should be done with it by the end of the year. My three boys are all currently playing basketball, so my wife and I spend a lot of time taking them to practices and games and cheering them on each week. I enjoy sitting down with a good book or watching a movie. I'm with the times as I do have a Facebook profile but I guess I'm not totally cool because I don't Tweet. I enjoy playing and being goofy with my three boys and I look forward to the date I have with my wife every Friday.

Why I am a Mormon

I went through a period of life as a teenager where I really wanted to look at the different churches out there and come to know for myself which church was true. As I studied the different faiths, including Mormonism, I felt an unmistakeable answer come to me that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was in fact the restored church of Jesus Christ on the earth. This was only re-confirmed countless times as I served a 2 year mission for the church in northern California. I challenge any of you out there that are still unsure to put it to the test. Read from the Book of Mormon, which is actually a record of scripture, like the Bible, but from a different part of the world, and ask God if it is truly his word to his prophets that lived on the American continent. If you follow what I call the recipe for truth, found in the Book of Mormon in Moroni 10:3-5 God will answer your prayers and confirm its truthfulness. "...ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost." Once you gain a knowledge that the Book of Mormon is the word of God then you know that all the rest is true: Joseph Smith was a Prophet and restored Christ's church by the power of God, we have a living Prophet on the earth (Thomas S. Monson), the power to act in the name of God (the very priesthood that was given to his Apostles by Jesus) is on the earth and there is a plan of salvation and happiness for us that provides an opportunity for us to be resurrected and return to live with Heavenly Father. I know these things to be true with all my heart and eventually all will have the opportunity to learn these truths for themselves. Make today the day for you. Thank you for taking the time to read this and may God lift you and guide you and direct you in all that you do.

How I live my faith

I am a Ward Missionary for the church, so I basically work with the Full-Time Missionaries teaching those not of our faith and other members about Jesus and his gospel. I hometeach two great families and enjoy providing service to those in need within the community. It's good to meet people of all faiths and to see them anxiously engaged in doing good and following Christ. It's important to me to not just talk the talk but to also walk the walk. I do my best to pray morning and night each day and to spend some time each day reading from the scriptures. I can definitely feel it when my prayers and/or scripture study is not heartfelt as I don't feel the Holy Ghost near as much in my life on those days. Faith is an action word and we believe that it is very important to strive to follow Christ's example in our daily decisions, words, deeds and thoughts. He is our master and suffered and died for us so that we can be forgiven of our sins and live with him again. We must show him that we believe his words and that we will serve others as he would serve. I have seen several from our community join the church and it is amazing to see the change it has made in their lives. They are happier and calmer and just seem to be more content with who they are and where they are headed. We believe that this is because they have received a sure knowledge, through the Holy Ghost that the church is true and that they have followed the Savior down into the waters of baptism. And they have done so after seeking out his priesthood power (which John the Baptist had) on the earth. I am able to live my faith partially because of the example of these new converts. They inspire me and remind me of the experience that I had in coming to know for myself that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is Christ's church on the earth.