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Hi I'm Josh

I love working on cars, music, and the outdoors. I'm a convert, a missionary, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm currently serving a mission in the Minneapolis, Minnesota Mission. In my spare time I love to do outdoor sports like Snowboarding, Skateboarding, Downhill Mountain Biking, Canoeing, Kayaking, Rock Climbing, etc. I also have a passion for music, and play Acoustic Guitar and Bass Trombone. I really like finding different music and enjoy indie/alternative music. I've had concerts that have changed my life in more than even a spiritual context, haha. I love working on cars and building new things. I will finish my last 2 years of college when I get back from my mission and plan to major in Business Finance or something along the lines of that. I look forward to raising my own family and being a dad, and husband. I love to travel, and have been all over the United States and parts of Mexico. All in all, I'm a normal dude that just likes to have fun!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Christian household, however I never really enjoyed going to church when I was younger. As time went on, various circumstances in my family forced me to become pretty bitter about life. When I was 14 I eventually met someone who told me about God and who He was, and what sacrifice was made for us. I was inspired and hopeful. I started my own search for the "right" church, and got my mom to drive me around. On July 3rd, 2007, I was baptized into a non-denominational christian church, however never felt content with the baptism. I had an overwhelming feeling that something was just wrong. I went to church but always felt like I was missing something. As I got older, things in my family got worse. I grew spiteful towards God. When I was 16, I searched by myself and went to over 16 different denominations of Christian churches. Each one still felt wrong and I eventually gave up. 2 years later I met a family that I grew close with after dating their daughter. They invited me to church a few times but I always declined. I could see that this family had something that I wanted but I didn't want to feel out of place, especially since I knew they were Mormon. I reluctantly agreed to go one time, and found that the members, the church, and the religion all made sense. I could feel the spirit so strong and it forced me to start searching again. I spent the next four months looking at different websites, reading The Book of Mormon, and really trying to understand what I felt. Eventually I went back to church, and had a missionary appointment 2 days later. Everything that I was taught made sense, it all felt like I knew it before. I felt right, and as I prayed I got that answer. 2 weeks later I was baptized, on July 26th, 2011. Today, I'm a Mormon because I know that my life has been changed. I look at life with hope, and optimism. Every day is better than the last, and there's no greater comfort than knowing that I am loved by God and his Son, Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by reading scriptures every day and praying to God every chance I get. To me, my faith is everything and I try to be an example of Jesus Christ everywhere I go. I'm currently serving a full-time mission for 2 years in Minnesota and take every chance I get to share my faith and be an example of what kind of change can happen when someone accepts the gospel in their life. Without faith, I would be nothing. Faith is what keeps me going day to day, and as I practice it, I know I can do all things through the strength of God. I know that this gospel is real, and I've seen it change my life and others around me. As I try to be like Christ in every way, I see the world around me change. Not because of what it's doing, but because of how I'm looking at it. I strive to love everyone and see them as they can become. I take time during the day to recognize that everything we have comes from Heavenly Father. Without Him, I am nothing. With him, I can do anything.