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Hi I'm Joshua

I love sueprheroes, sports and outdoors. I'm a missionary and I strive to seize the day. I'm a mormon

About Me

I like sports. Being active is always great. Basketball is definitlely my favorite sport. I love bein outdoors and campfires. I also love to read, mostly fantasy and fiction type things. I hope to be a writer. I like superheroes and comics. My favorite is Spider-man. I am currently servin a mission in San Diego California speaking spanish. I love bein a missionary. I get to help people everyday all day. I always try to "seize the day." I love to laugh. I love to create. I love livin life.

Why I am a Mormon

I suppose I've always had a testimony of the gospel and of the church and everything, but I never truly felt converted until I was 17. I believed I could receive answers to my prayers cuz I had in the past (or had been lucky) so I decided to really put prayer to the test one day. I am truly Mormon because of this test. I got up one day with all the questions in my head. It was a time in my life when I was truly wonderin about my purpose and what I should do with my life. So with all these questions in mind, havin to do with if everything I had been told was true, I went for a hike. It wasn't a very long hike. It's rather short really but it has a pretty good view of my home town and I would often go there to think. When I started the hike it was rather difficult for me this time around. I didn't know why but I started to get tired really fast. But I didn't wanna turn around and go back. That would just be dumb. So with determination I finished the hike. When I arrived at the view I let my knees buckle and I began to offer a kneeling prayer out loud. I instantly had a feeling overcome me. It was the best feeling ever. I knew then from that moment that God exists, that he loves me, and that everything I had been taught growin up is true. I also learned that the reason the short hike was so difficult was because the adversary Satan was workin against me. This strengthened my new conversion and testimony. And so I know the church and everything it teaches without a doubt is true.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by serving a mission. Also by trying to help anyone I see in need of help. I look for opportunities to serve, and I participate in activities in church. I earnestly try to be more like Christ. I read my scriptures every day finding new insights and growing spiritually. I also pour out my heart in mighty prayer to my Father in Heaven every day and throughout the day. I can proudly say I'm a mormon.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Joshua
Yes. It doesn't even make sense to me that God would just cease to talk to his children. I really do believe that Thomas S. Monson is just as real and has just as much truth and authority as Moses did. I not only believe it but I know it. Because I feel it in my heart every time I hear him speak. He speaks with love and care, just as God would. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Joshua
Faith is power. With faith we can do all things. Faith is centered on our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. With that faith we can overcome all obstacles. Faith is more than just physical. It's way beyond that. And if we have true and strong faith God will help us in all of our trials, just as he has done for many people before such as Job, Adam, Nephi, Alma, Ammon, Moses and many others. Faith is basic and simple. But it can be very strong and unwavering. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Joshua
Nope. Joseph Smith was a great person. A prophet of God. He was God's instrument in bringing many important and wonderful things to pass. But he was a man. He was not God. The church will forever love him and praise his name, as will I. But we worship God our Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Joshua
No. We are not required to serve missions. But many Mormons do serve missions because they want to share the joy they have felt in living the gospel. The mission is not required. But I do recommend it:) Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Joshua
The word of wisdom is a health code that members of the church live by. We are to take care of our bodies beacuse they are temples and gifts from God. We are also to avoid alcohol, tobacco, coffee, tea, and illegal drugs. There are many blessings promised from living the word of wisdom. I know it is true for myself because I have lived it. And life and is a lot easier becasue I live it. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Joshua
Mormons do not practice polygamy today. It has been practiced in the church before because of command from God. For the exact reason why it was practiced for a time I personally do not know the whole answer. I only strive to follow the Lord's commandments. Today the church does not practice polygamy and does not encourage it. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Joshua
Church is where we worship. It is where we can help ourselves grow closer to God. The temple is where we participate in sacred ordinances and be closer to God. The temple is literally the House of the Lord. And only the pure in heart and worthy are permitted to enter. The temple is the closest we have to heaven on earth. And is completely worth the effort to enter. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Joshua
Personally I attribute the growth of the church to the fact that I know it is the true church. And because it is the true church it has all the teachings of God and Jesus Christ. The people recognize that when they feel the Spirit in the church. People are drawn to the church because of the big emphasis on family, doin good, bein kind, givin service, and many other reasons. The church is true. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Joshua
We pay 10% of income as part of the ancient law of the tithe. Just like when Abraham paid tithes to the high priest and king Melchizedek. The money that we pay goes to the building of the church. The tithing that members pay goes to building more churches, temples, supplying those temples and churches with the supplies needed, etc. The law of tithing is more of an opportunity for us as God's children to receive more blessings from him. My parents always paid their tithing. And there was always food for me to eat at home. And I know it is a blessing from my Father in Heaven because of my parent's faith in payin their tithing. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Joshua
Did Jesus only help the Jews? Of course not he helped and loved all. And so do we. As members of the church we believe in helping all who stand in need of help. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Joshua
Baptism is essential for salvation. Without it we cannot enter into the kingdom of God. Baptism in it's simplicity is a covenant or promise that we make with Heavenly Father. Saying that we will keep his commandments, remember our Savior, and strive to be more like our Savior. In return Heavenly Father promises if we keep our side that he will give us a remission of our sins, we will be born again spiritually and we will be able to receive the Holy Ghost. For baptism to be valid it must be done by God's authority, by immersion and with the proper words. Also if we do not keep the promise we make with baptism we do not receive the promised blessings and cannot enter into the kingdom of God. Show more Show less