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Hi I'm Joshua

I am a disciple of Christ; a lifelong student. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a full time student at BYU and I love to learn. I believe there is something to learn in every situtation God puts us in. I do not believe God wastes our time or talents. I believe that every experience is for our good and for the good of the world. The challenge is finding out how. I love to read and I love to write. I believe that there is good in everyone and I try to learn something from everyone I meet. I love to teach others and hope that God places me in a position in this life where I will be able to teach and lead my brothers and sisters for a good portion of my life. I am not one to "take someone's word for it." I have a mind open to new ideas, but I refuse to accept something simply off of another's merit. I look to the scriptures and Holy Ghost for truth. The Holy Ghost is the witness of all truth--I know that. That being said, I have an unshakable knowledge that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Christ's church. He is at its head. Similarly, I know that you can know this for yourself as well. All it takes is a firm desire and subsequent faith, translating to diligent work and effort to learn the truth for oneself. The truth shall not be denied to those who earnestly seek it.

Why I am a Mormon

I have learned for myself that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Christ's church on earth--the only church on this earth with the gospel in its fullness. This is a heavy claim; one that seems a little radical to many. I perhaps thought the same thing. Nevertheless, I put the Church to the test and took up an earnest study of the scriptures and prayed fervantly to my Father in Heaven to know if this indeed was not only His church, but the only Church with the fulness of gospel as well. My answer didn't come right away, but as surely as I desired to know the truth, the answer did come and it came as a raging wildfire that ran through my entire body. I knew that this Church was Christ's own church and that everything it claimed to be was true.

How I live my faith

I know that with my knowledge of the validity of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints comes a tremendous responsibility. If this Church was everything it claims to be, which I know it is, then I owe my life to it. Stated differently, I owe my life to Christ, for surely He did come to Earth in the flesh and suffer for each of our individual sins. Surely He is our Savior and surely we can have no hope without Him, for He is the sole means by which we can again return to our Father in Heaven. Out of unmeasurable gratitude towards Him and what He did, I have vowed to serve Him with all my heart, might, mind and strength until I can no longer. I recognize that without Him, I really have nothing, and that anything that I do have, I have because of His goodness and mercy. It is for this reason that I vowed to give him my all: my whole body and soul as well as my talents, time and effort. I am by no means perfect in these endeavors, but God does not ask perfection of us. All He requires is that we give our absolute best effort to keep His commandments, serve Him (by serving others), and give our lives to the building up of His kingdom on Earth; and I plan to do nothing less than just that.

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon, like the Bible, was written by prophets, holy men who have been given authority from God to teach His word (i.e. Noah, Moses, etc.). The prophets in the Bible lived in the Middle East. The prophets in the Book of Mormon lived in the Americas around the same time period. Like the Bible, its writings are ancient. Show more Show less