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Hi I'm Joshua

I've lived all over the USA. I've seen, loved, and sought to share the good in the world. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As the oldest of ten children, and having lived in many different parts of the United States, I know the roses and thorns of transition. But I've found that a great way to cope with change is to jump feet first. I love to be involved--school, activities, church, and otherwise. I'm one of those people with so many interests--anything from engineering to theatre, leadership development to music, business to education, and administration to graphic design. I am a pianist of almost ten years; I enjoy writing and performing music, especially arrangements of religious hymns and other inspiring repertoire. I enjoy being an optimist--no, not one with his head in the clouds, a real optimist--someone who prefers to choose to see the good in situations, and work for the best a given circumstance can be.

Why I am a Mormon

While I may be considered relatively young, I have come to know that true happiness and personal satisfaction can only be obtained while living according to correct principles. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints teaches the principles of salvation, and I am so grateful and happy to have them available. I am currently serving as a missionary for the Church, as such I share the "good news of the gospel" with the world. I love to share what I know, which has helped me to be a better person. I know the Church is true, because I have read its doctrines and lived its principles. It is what it claims to be, Christ's church on earth. And I have the opportunity to tell this to everyone, specifically to those in Japan, as I serve as a missionary.

How I live my faith

Despite my busy life--to which I'm postive you can relate--I be sure to read the scriptures and pray every day. I do my best to have an attitude of gratitude, of real optimism and service. I actively participate in the Church through fulfilling callings--assignments--that range from leadership in a group of priesthood holding men to playing piano for various meetings. For me, living my faith is simply living my life. It's honestly that simple.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Joshua
As a student of science, among other things, I have always been intrigued by the intricacy of our world. Did you know that our bodies operate within an extremely narrow pH range? Did you know that both the size of the earth and its distance from the Sun are perfectly aligned so as to sustain human life? Considering the incredible expanse of the universe and the infinitesimal proportions of a quark, I am consistently assured that these facets of life could not have been formed this way accidentally. Truly, there is only one answer! This world and all that is on it was created by God, and that is a beautiful thought. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Joshua
Yes it is, and isn't that truly amazing? Jesus himself told his disciples during His mortal ministry that "other sheep I have which are not of this fold: them also I must bring" (KJV St. John 10:16). As part of His ministry to His "other sheep", Christ visited the inhabitants of the ancient Americas. He organized His church among them, blessed them and taught them, then went on to visit others of His "sheep". This is, as stated in the Introduction to the Book of Mormon, "the crowing event recorded in the Book of Mormon", and testifies that God cares for all of His children, where ever they are, whatever their circumstance. When I read of this account, and I feel it to be true, and you can have the same experience if you read with faith. Show more Show less