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Hi I'm Josh Decker

learner. teacher. educational technology enthusiast. father. husband. latter-day saint.

About Me

By day (with some nights and weekends) I work in education (K12) and the technology that can impact the learning process. All of the time, I am the father of three young girls who believe they are the world's most profound princesses and I just happen to agree with them (at least most of the time). If taking a nap was a profession my trading card would be worth lots of money. I love fall and winter and if I could find a place that only had these two seasons you could join me. I appreciate being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the everyday-influence it has on my life and that of my family. I love my absolutely beautiful wife who is a faithful disciple of the Savior and helps me and the girls be more like Him through her constant and faithful example...

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a very good home where my mom was a faithful Latter-day Saint but where the rest of us didn't actively live the gospel. I think--generally speaking--we were good people but did not take advantage of the greater goodness that the gospel can bring through exercising faith in the Savior and repenting to improve. I was the youngest of five children and I started going to Church around the age of 16/17. The reason? Because I felt a little bad that my mom kept going to Church week after week by herself. Eventually, with good friends and leaders in the Church I was invited to actively participate. I began to read my scriptures, meaningfully say prayers, and changed the reason for my attendance and I am so grateful for people who invited me to change and be a disciple of Jesus Christ. It was not always easy and I while I continue to make mistakes, I am grateful for the Atonement of Christ. I was blessed to serve as a full-time missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and can say that everything great in my life is a direct result of that decision... I know that in our day Heavenly Father has once again called prophets to teach and direct just as He always did through the history of the world as we find in the scriptures. I love the Savior and know that He is the Son of God and that He invites us to exercise faith, repent of our sins, be baptized by immersion for the remission of sins, and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost through His authority.

How I live my faith

I appreciate the opportunity to live my faith and while I am absolutely not perfect, I am better because of the principles and commandments I am asked to keep. From what I do (and don't do) on Sundays, to the media I partake of, and to the things I say, the gospel of Jesus Christ influences every aspect of my life. We graciously attend Church on Sundays, have daily family and individual prayers and scripture studies, on Monday evenings we try and hold "Family Home Evenings" (i.e. FHE in the Mormon vernacular) where we gather and have a simple lesson on a principal of the gospel (these are quite entertaining and we have thought of starting a reality show based on our Monday evenings but are still struggling with a title for the series), and we look for ways to serve those we go to Church with, those we don't go to Church with, and anyone else in-between. I know that I am happiest when I am serving others and while not always easy, convenient, or done as often as I would like, I appreciate the challenge the gospel offers me to look beyond my own self and context...

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Josh Decker
We belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and worship Heavenly Father in the name of His Beloved Son. But what about Joseph Smith? We believe that Joseph Smith was a prophet of Heavenly Father called in our day just as He has called prophets in times past--we believe that Heavenly Father is "the same yesterday, today, and forever" and that the calling of a prophet is part of His process to teach His children and Joseph Smith was called to act in the same position of a Moses, or Elijah, or Jeremiah. Did the children of Israel worship Moses? Of course not. Do Latter-day Saints worship Joseph Smith (or any of the prophets that have followed him since)? Of course not! But I imagine that the children of Israel reverenced and were appreciative of Moses and the things he taught and brought forth and we feel the same way about Joseph Smith. I am truly grateful to live on the earth during a time where I believe there is a current prophet called to teach the world about the Savior of the World... Show more Show less