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Hi I'm Josh

I'm 20 years old, I'm a songwriter, I'm a missionary, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the second oldest of 5 kids in a family of 7. I graduated high school in 2012, went on to Brigham Young University-Idaho to continue my studies, and have been called to serve in the Mexico Puebla South mission for 2 years. My passion is writing songs - music and lyrics. I play guitar and sing most of the time, but rare sightings have caught me attempting piano. Music is a huge part of my life and I love sharing my talents with others.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the gospel, but my journey to gain a testimony of its truthfulness was equal to anyone investigating the church. A lot of the time when I meet people and they find out I'm a Mormon they are puzzled why someone would choose to live that kind of life. They ask me things like "Why would you want all those rules and control over you?" or "Don't you wish you could do the things the church won't let you?". I will admit- At times I think how simple it would be to participate in the things most youth my age consider cool or acceptable. Things like drinking, smoking, sex, or even getting tattoos would be easy to do and the people around me look like they're having a great time! But what about the things we can't always see? Many of my peers live in broken homes because of infidelity or insatiable addictions cause by substance abuse. Some have suffered the loss of close family members or friends to overdosing or drunk driving. And still many others have siblings pregnant out of wedlock, living week to week. I'm a Mormon, because I know that the rules set by the church don't hold me back, rather, they continually set me free. They give me the ability to live my life liberated of things which would otherwise bring only sorrow. I'm a Mormon, because in a rapidly changing world where values are becoming outdated and seemingly unimportant, I want guidance and direction for me and my future family. I'm a Mormon because I believe in a better life. I know it, I live it, I love it.

How I live my faith

I served as the leader in the group of young men my age for about 4 years. I coordinated activities and other things as well as took turns teaching them in collaboration with other leaders. I participate in church basketball leagues and last year my team won the championship. I am very active socially and I don't see any reason for people to limit friends to members only. I have some of my closest friends who are not members of the church. When I go to parties or other events they know my standards and they not only refrain from pressuring me, but they help encourage me to uphold my values and even let others know. I live my faith without fear of what others will think of me. It may sound cheesy, but the people who can't accept you for who you are, aren't true friends anyway.