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Hi I'm Josh

I'm an Assistant Professor of Optometry at Western University in Pomona, CA. I'm a husband and father. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a neuroscientist and an Assistant Professor of Optometry at the Western University of Health Sciences. I spend much of my time doing research and teaching optometry students. My research has been published in various journals from Visual Neuroscience to Science. I try to spend as much time as I can with my wife and 2 children. We enjoy living in Southern California - going to the beach, visiting the many theme parks, and taking in the different cultures that are found here. I've found the still mornings to be great times to fly model aircraft as the sun rises over the mountains to the East.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a descendant of early Mormon pioneers, but it is through my own desire and faith that I continue this heritage. As a young boy I came to love the scriptures - it was a natural curiosity that also spurred my desire to study science. My parents saw to it that I attended Boy Scouts and attended church regularly. They also taught the Gospel in our home and served in various capacities within the Church. As a teenager, I attended early morning seminary before school every day. In this 4 year period, I studied the Book of Mormon, the Old and New Testaments, and the LDS Doctrine and Covenants. Getting up early wasn't always easy, but being there with friends made it fun and something to look forward to. I really appreciate the efforts made by volunteer instructors who took the time to prepare and teach us. After high school I attended Brigham Young University and took time off to serve a full-time mission to Tokyo, Japan. I enjoyed being able to serve the people of Japan. We not only taught the Gospel of Christ, but we also taught English for free and spent countless hours serving in the communities where we lived. We were given opportunities to develop leadership, planning, study, and language skills. Most importantly I drew nearer to Christ. I spent a number of years finishing my undergraduate and graduate education. As a scientist I see the handiwork of God and His Son all around me. Every discovery I make, I know is not mine alone, but a gift from above. The windows of Heaven open and truth is revealed. Some may feel that science and religion are mutually exclusive, but I believe they are very much intertwined. But this is not the entirety of my faith. I know that God is in control. We, as His children, have our own agency. Sometimes we make make mistakes using our agency, but the grace of Christ is sufficient for us all if we will but repent and follow Him. Christ lives and so can we. He makes us better than we could ever be alone and raises us up.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by first being a husband and father. Together my wife and I take time daily to read scriptures and books to our children. We also provide them with memorable experiences as a family. My family is my first priority. I also serve the members of my local ward/congregation in my calling as a ward mission leader. I served a full-time mission over a decade ago in Tokyo Japan. Now, I usually spend several hours a week helping to coordinate teaching appointments, service activities, and baptisms. In this capacity, which I've only had for the last several months, I work with local ward missionaries, who generally serve for a year or two for a couple of hours a week, and 2 full-time missionaries - these are the ones you may see riding bikes or walking down the street wearing name tags. These full-time missionaries give up 18 months or 2 years to teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and provide service within the areas they are called to serve. I really enjoy the time I get to spend working with these missionaries and meeting new people who have a curiosity about our church.