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Hi I'm Joshua Keanaaina

I'm a normal guy with big dreams. I try to be better today than I was yesterday. I love music. I love to sing. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to learn. I spend a lot of my free time studying things from economics to psychology to video and music production. I'm pursuing a masters degree in media and communications, although these tough times keeps me from taking classes regularly. I also love music and spend a lot of time practicing the guitar and the ukulele. I love to sing. I'm in the Portland Ensign Choir. I have three little kids. My oldest is in Kindergarten and the other two are with me during the day. We like to go to museums and parks. I love my kids. I feel like they bring me so much happiness. My wife and I want to adopt or foster kids. We like spending time together as a family. I work nights as a security guard. I've been trying to get a job related to what I'm studying in school for about a year now. But I'm making the most of the situation and am pouring myself into self-improvement and learning.

Why I am a Mormon

I've been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints my entire life. My parents raised us deeply involved in worship and activities. This was a stable religious background. I felt like this helped me as I grew up, and especially in High School, to feel confident that I was loved and accepted. I was taught and encouraged to love and serve other people. I was taught that all people are God's children and have the same worth and potential. Serving in the Church has given me many opportunities to help God's children. Being a part of something that is more than my selfish wants and desires has helped me through a lot of the confusion and doubts associated with growing up. But even more than social and emotional and ethical benefits, I have had wonderful and simple experiences that confirm God's love for me. As I sang Hymns, was taught the gospel of Jesus Christ, and taught that gospel to others, I have tasted of the unspeakable joy and love that our savior has for us. I think this is why I've chosen to remain a Mormon. Despite all the naysayers and the doubters, I've never found anyone or anything that has brought so much lasting joy and love and hope as this gospel. There is no other church like this one on the face of the earth. I know that it is God's Church.

How I live my faith

I teach the 12 and 13 year-old youth in our congregation. We have 18 or so students. While it can be tough sometimes to keep their attention and focus, it is a very rewarding job. Each week I feel the greatness of these young people as they show faith in the Lord, Jesus Christ. I also direct our congregation's choir. Sometimes, this is a very challenging job. From schedule conflicts to sicknesses, and from motivation to talent level, it can be tough to get people in the choir seats. But, I love the sound of their harmonies and the message of the gospel ringing out in song. I am a firm believer that music talent has nothing to do with feeling or causing to feel the spirit. We all can feel the love of our heavenly father, whether we sing like an angel or not.