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Hi I'm Josh

I'm from an island in northwest Washington. I'm a believer in dreaming big and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

To keep it short and sweet. I'm currently a pre-med student I love the outdoors, sports and people. I started and manage a small company that does marketing for small businesses. I speak Armenian. I love music, I'm not very good at it but I love to sing. I enjoy learning new skills. It doesn't matter what it is, anything from martial arts to ice skating. I feel strongly about knowing and protecting the unalienable rights that have been divinely ordained to us as human beings, established in the Constitution. Besides all that, I enjoy spending time outdoors: rock climbing, canyoneering, playing sports, etc.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I'm imperfect and these restored truths provide me with hope. Well it's hard for you to convince me of anything and I often dread doing things that I don't understand the importance of. So questioning the LDS faith started when I was about 7 or 8. Obviously it didn't stop there; however, if I were to summarize years of experiences and miracles I would say this - I'm a Mormon because I'm Christian and I learned that God gives specific answers to our specific prayers. After 6-8 months of pondering and praying about The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, I realized that I had been receiving answers for 6 months, I just wasn't recognizing them. Those brief spiritual sensation that occurs when the Holy Spirit helps us feel that something is true is warm, empowering and unforgettable, especially since I've been able to identify them. They are affirmations that what I'm doing, hearing, saying, reading or thinking is true, or simply that God is pleased with my efforts and desires. Differentiating why you are feeling the spirit comes with asking, stillness and many experiences. I'm a Mormon because I know that God has called a Prophet like Moses. He is God's mouth piece and like Noah he warns us of the storms that are coming and helps us increase our faith in Christ. I'm a Mormon because I had great examples of what it means to be a "saint" and a friend. I'm a Mormon because I know that I can be with my family in the next life and that this life is a test, a time for struggle and growth. I'm Mormon because I know all that is unfair in this life can be made perfect through Christ's Atoning sacrifice. This life is not about filling our "heavenly" bank account with good deeds and accomplishments, it's about becoming a saint, through the power of God. It is practicing to live a heavenly life. I'm a Mormon because God gave his miraculous Priesthood power and authority to an imperfect man so that I could learn about perfection's path.

How I live my faith

I enjoy doing random acts of service, like helping at a blood drive or making a meal and taking it to the homeless as well as larger projects, like supporting a long-term cause to preserve wildlife, promote healthy choices, support struggling families. I teach missionaries how to share the Gospel so that others see the blessings for themselves. I know I have the right mindset when I'm learning from everyone I interact with I think the best way to live what you believe is controlling what you think and how you act on a daily, even an hourly basis. See people for what they can become, forgive quickly, laugh easily, smile always, focus on others' needs and act immediately when an opportunity to help arises.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Josh
I think if you look at any major natural disaster in the last 10 years, you'll find that our church is 1st or 2nd to respond. What do we believe about giving and resources? Something that made the City of Enoch such a holy place, is that there was no poor in the city. God gave us all that we have. We should be generous with all, as much as we feel is right. This is a personal decision that should be constantly expanding. As we increase in our love for others we will feel the compassion necessary to take care of the needy. Christ's had a special place for widows and orphans. I personally always give the homeless food (or money if I feel that it is appropriate) and offer assistance. I would rather give someone a few dollars than find out later that I was supposed to answer their prayer. In the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, there is a man called King Benjamin. He said, "Are we not all beggars? Do we not all depend upon the same Being...for all the substance which we have... And behold, even at this time, ye have been calling on his name, and begging for a remission of your sins. And has he suffered that ye have begged in vain? And now, if God... on whom you are dependent for your lives and for all that ye have and are, doth grant unto you whatsoever ye ask that is right...O then, how ye ought to impart of the substance that ye have one to another." Show more Show less