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Hi I'm Joshua

I've returned to my cherished Ohio home to start a family and to serve my community as a funeral director. I'm also a Mormon.

About Me

I assume a lot of different roles depending on the time of the year. I love farm work, mowing the lawn, and simply working outside in the summer. Then once college comes around, I turn into a total geek, keeping up with school work, youtube, and what ever else is going down on campus. On that note, I am a Pre-business major at BYU in Provo. Go Cougars! Music is also a great part of my life. I've been playing trombone since seventh grade and try to get into whatever group I can find. I also enjoy being part of a choir from time to time and enjoy the challenge sight-reading. And when I'm not playing my trombone or singing, I tune into Pandora Radio.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm the oldest of 5 children to parents who were converts to the LDS religion, so naturally my siblings and I were born into this faith. Throughout my life, I have been asked by Latter-day Saints and fellow Christians alike, "If you had been born into another church, would you have converted to Mormonism?". To be quite honest, I'm not sure. However, I do know that I will remain a member of this faith regardless of my upbringing. My faith is solely my own and is not the result of simply following the traditions of my parents. Through reading the scriptures and praying to my Heavenly Father, I have found a certainty that this is the Lord's will for me. My life has been richly blessed as I have sought help in personal trials. Whether I found council from the scriptures (the Bible and Book of Mormon alike) or from my mentors of my local congregation, I personally testify that this religion will help a man overcome any obstacle. Truly this faith will help a person grow closer to Jesus Christ and to realize the forgiving power of his infinite sacrifice. This sacrifice, the Atonement of Jesus Christ, is made no clearer than in The Book of Mormon. I sincerely love this book and have come to know my Savior and his mission better by reading and pondering its pages. I would invite anyone who is curious about the Mormon religion to simply read The Book of Mormon and ask God if it is true. That is why I am a Mormon. I promise you that God does answer our prayers because he has answered mine by manifesting his hand in my life's experiences.

How I live my faith

The great thing about being a Mormon is your ability to contribute to your local congregation. Everyone receives a "calling" or a responsibility, each calling gives you the opportunity to develop new talents and form new friendships with your congregation. I have found the greatest joy when I try to fulfill the callings assigned to me. I truly believe that such responsibilities come from the Lord. The most significant event of my life was my decision to serve a 2-year mission for this church. I received an assignment to serve in the southern half of Nicaragua. I faced many personal struggles there, first and foremost learning the Spanish. I will also admit that I struggle in my ability to go out and meet new people. But I know that the Lord strengthens us in our weakness. The key for me was to realize my missionary purpose: "Invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end." As I stretched myself, I began to learn the language and taught my fellow brothers and sisters in Nicaragua, I saw the Lord's influence work through me. I love Nicaragua and its people with all my heart. I think of them, dream about them, and continue to pray for them daily. While in Nicaragua, a great man taught me that our Heavenly Father blesses us with an abundance of blessing so that we can extend those blessings to people in greater need. I regularly ponder, "Am I living just for myself, or do I live to serve?" Through experience, I know that we are happier when we are observant to the cries for help from God's children.