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Hi I'm Josh

I'm an MBA Candidate at Harvard Business School. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a member of Harvard Business School's MBA Class of 2016. Prior to business school, I served for 7 years as a submarine officer in the U.S. Navy, conducting four deployments in the Pacific. I graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2007. I've been married almost 9 years, and have two sons. I enjoy hiking, camping, skiing, scuba diving - pretty much anything outdoors!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised without religion and didn't know much about it until after high school. In college I began to study different religions just to widen my perspective and be able to understand other people and cultures. My studies included most major religions and some other philosophies like Stoicism. During this time I became particularly interested in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after reading the Book of Mormon and other standard works. I began attending Church and Institute (a Mormon collegiate-level "bible study" group) regularly. I liked the people I met and it felt good to participate in those things. I was especially moved by the teachings of Jesus Christ in his own words as contained in the New Testament and Book of Mormon. I felt that to obtain a balanced perspective I should read some anti-Mormon books, just to see how others view the Church. Their arguments and facts were typically flawed and I was able to refute many of them through my own study. The tone of the authors was bitter and hateful, devoid of any spirit of tolerance or acceptance. This stood in stark contrast to the feeling I got from the scriptures, other Church works, and from actually attending Church and interacting with members. Coming from zero religious background, and with my desire to learn as much as possible before joining the Church, it took several years of investigating before I felt ready. I was baptized the summer before my senior year in college and have received many blessings and great joy from that choice. This is what I believe and how I want to live my life. Most of my friends and family are not members of the Church and I love them and enjoy their company regardless. I respect everyone's right to choose for themselves and hope others will respect the choice I have made.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by going to Church, through Temple worship, and through my daily choices. I try to pray before meals at home and before bed, and would like to read the scriptures more often. People can usually guess I'm LDS before we get around to discussing it because I don't swear, smoke/dip, or drink coffee, all of which are pretty prevalent in the Navy.