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Hi I'm Joshua

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Utah, the descendant of pioneers who trekked west pulling handcarts in the search for religious freedom

About Me

When I was younger, I suppose I felt like an outsider. I was small, shy, and didn't have very many social skills. The bigger kids would often pick on me. I was sad that I couldn't stand up for myself, but even more sad that I could not stand up for others like me. I began studying martial arts in 1999 when I was 9 years old. Since then the martial arts have become a means through which I can develop and share Christ-like attributes such as service, hard work, kindness, determination, personal strength, tolerance, courtesy, and integrity as part of a personal ministry. I'm an Eagle Scout, a Second Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo, and I'm currently serving a full-time prostyliting mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day saints so that I can share the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ with the people of Japan. When I return to my home in Utah, I plan to attend business school at Utah Valley University. My hope is to consecrate all my efforts towards serving my brothers and sisters of the human family and helping them (and me) find and draw near unto Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, the Savior of mankind.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the Church, and I was blessed with a natural understanding of the doctrines and beliefs of the faith. What I was not blessed with - at least at first - was a strong commitment to the Gospel of Christ. I went to church because my parents made me, and because "that's just what you do." But the time came, as it always does, when I was faced with challenges and opposition, and I began to question my faith. As every form of confusion and turmoil confronted me, I was caught up in the maelstrom, and I knew that I must make a choice. I could no longer be skeptical or believing; I needed to KNOW. It would be so much easier, so much more convenient, if the Book of Mormon were not true. If it were not true, then Joseph Smith was a fraud, and thus the prophets and apostles held no authority, and thus I was not bound to follow the rules and laws of the Gospel. But if it was true, then I needed to do whatever it took to commit my life to Christ, because it was the only path to salvation and true happiness I would be able to find. And so, like Joseph Smith did 200 years ago, I knelt down and prayed, and asked my Heavenly Father if he was there. I cannot find words to express the peace and warmth of love I felt in that moment. I cannot describe to you how I knew. But I knew. And for the first time in my life, that was good enough for me. Since that time I have found an abundance of joy through the Atonement of Jesus Christ and the truth of the gospel as restored by the Prophet Joseph Smith. I testify with an absolute surety that Thomas S. Monson is a Prophet of The Lord, speaking for The Lord as Moses, Elijah, and Isaiah did of old. What the Church teaches is true. I have discovered that, and so can anyone who asks "with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ" (Moroni 10:4).

How I live my faith

I have been called by a prophet of God to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to the people of Japan. This is the service I am giving to my God for the next two years. The message of Jesus Christ is a message of hope, and has been the source of great blesssings in my life. I desire to share that message with my brothers and sisters and help them recieve those blessings, too.

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

God asks us to "walk by faith, not by sight," (2 Cor 5:7). Faith is a principle of action and power. God wants us to develop spiritual strength through our faith in Him. For that reason, God does not reveal himself right away to His children. Instead, He invites us to "come and see," (John 1:39). When we do, we show our faith and He rewards us with a spiritual witness or testimony as a sure evidence of His existence. I bare my testimony that I know by the power of the Holy Ghost that God does exist. I have experimented upon the word and asked with a sincere heart. As a witness of these things, I promise that any honest seeker of truth can know for themselves that God is real. Come and see. Show more Show less