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Hi I'm Joshua Kratz

I'm an adopted son to loving parents, I've lived in many places, and I'm a HUGE gamer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I like first person shooter games, hanging with friends, playing sports, and reading. I am a Junior in college and am trying to go into politics/law. I'm an Eagle Scout, worked in construction and pizza delivery, and love helping out my community. I have loving parents, one of which is in the military, and the other who keeps her kids happy at home or abroad. I was adopted when I was very little and am glad to have the parents that I do. Along with loving parents I have a younger sister who drives me crazy but I still love her. I went to 3 different High School's before I graduated (Randolph, Byron P. Steele, and Riverton High School). I have lived in many places, namely, Delaware, California, Ohio, Utah, Virginia, Texas, and back to Utah. Each place and the people in those places helped me become the person I am today for which I am grateful. I am currently serving a full-time mission service in the Alaska, Anchorage Mission.

Why I am a Mormon

I haven't always been the person I am and haven't always been active in church like I wish I could have been. It took a long time for me to realize how important the church and the gospel is to me. It actually came through the example that a friend set for me by serving a LDS mission (2 year service to help others become closer to their Savior, Jesus Christ). That act alone made me wonder, "What made this church true? What is the difference?" I decided to study it out for myself to see why. I went to church, I read the scriptures, and I prayed. Through those 3 things I was able to realize how important this gospel really is. In the Book of Mormon it gives us a promise that, "We invite all men everywhere to read the Book of Mormon, to ponder in their hearts the message it contains, and then to ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ if the book is true. Those who pursue this course and ask in faith will gain a testimony of its truth and divinity by the power of the Holy Ghost. Those who gain this divine witness from the Holy Spirit will also come to know by the same power that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, that Joseph Smith is His revelator and prophet in these last days, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord’s kingdom once again established on the earth, preparatory to the Second Coming of the Messiah." That divine witness changed everything for me. I know that this gospel is true and love it with all my heart.

How I live my faith

I live my faith through scipture study, prayer, going to church, and living the standards of the gospel. Those standards have made me the person that I am today so that I show my gratitude to my Savior, Jesus Christ. The example I set is key for how I live my faith. It allows me to show everyone exactly what my standards are, what I believe, and the person that I am.

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Joshua Kratz
Mormons do indeed believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that he is the literal Son of God and that the Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ and goes hand in hand with the Bible to testify of Him. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Joshua Kratz
Just like in Biblical times, people who believed in Christ were called Christians. The term "Mormon" is for those who believe in the Book of Mormon (Another testament of Jesus Christ). Although we are called Mormons, our church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, which is the same church that Jesus Christ Himself established during His mortal ministry and was organized once again here on the earth in 1830. Just like followers of Christ who were called Christians, the same is true for Mormons who have belief in the Book of Mormon and continue to follow Jesus Christ and his teaching in the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and modern-day Apostles and Prophets. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Joshua Kratz
“Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy.” (2 Nephi 2:25) In this verse we read that we are meant to have joy. Mormons live a lifestyle where we can constantly find joy in the way we live. By living the commandments, scripture study, prayer, and going to church we are better able to have that joy in our life. “Doing all things with an eye single to the glory of God” is the best way to describe the way Mormons try to live (D&C 82:19). By understanding God’s plan of Happiness, what the gospel of Jesus Christ is, and following God’s law we are able to better understand our purpose here on this earth and know what we need to do while here. “For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors.” (Alma 34:32) This life is temporary and the ultimate goal is to return to our Heavenly Father. Mormons live a lifestyle that will help them return with their families to live with their Heavenly Father again. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Joshua Kratz
Jesus Christ taught, "Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." (John 3:5) When Jesus came to be baptized by John the Baptist, He was asked by John why He came to be baptized by him, to which Jesus answered, "Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness." (Matthew 3:15) Jesus set the example for us by being baptized. It is important to note that Jesus did not however go to just anyone, He went to John the Baptist. This was because not just anyone can perform the ordinance of baptism. Baptism must be performed by priesthood authority for the remission of sins. (Acts 2:38) When we are baptized we make a promise, or covenant, with God by which we take upon ourselves the name of Christ and promise to follow Him, and to keep His commandments forever. God's promise to us however is even greater. He promises that as we keep our covenant then He will forgive us of our sins and will grant us eternal life, as well as providing the Holy Ghost to be our constant companion through this mortal existence. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Joshua Kratz
A testimony is a solemn declaration from someone who has received a spiritual witness of truth by the power of the Holy Ghost. Paul, in an epistle to Timothy writes this, "Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord...but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God" (2 Timothy 1:8) As we come to know of God's love for us through both personal experience and spiritual witnesses, we come to know for ourselves of this truth called a testimony. This testimony is based on certain principles, namely that of Jesus Christ as our Savior and Redeemer, that He is the Son of God, that He restored His church through the prophet Joseph Smith, and that today we are led and guided by a prophet of God in His true and living church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Joshua Kratz
In Hebrews we learn that "faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." (Hebrews 11:1) As you read Hebrews 11 even more you begin to understand that faith is not a passive belief and that it is founded on a belief in Jesus Christ. The prophet Alma said that we have to "exercise a particle of faith" "even to an experiment upon his words." (Alma 32:27) Faith is not something that we just suddenly gain and achieve. It is the act of doing and finding it for ourselves. The more we root ourselves in our knowledge and belief in the Savior, Jesus Christ, the more our faith will grow. As it grows we will grow in our trust in what the Savior has asked and do what He has commanded us to do. Faith grows as we follow Jesus Christ by reading of Him, following Him through obedience, and relying on Him. Faith can truly move mountains but it is only upon the principle of putting our trust in Him and obeying His commandments. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Joshua Kratz
After the crucifixion of the Savior, Jesus Christ, His betrayer, Judas Iscariot, also one of the twelve apostles, decided to hang himself for the crime that he had done. In Acts, chapter 1, verses 23-26 we read that the apostles gathered together to decide who would replace Judas Iscariot. Matthias was chosen to fill the vacancy in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. This same thing happened to Paul who became an apostle later on after the other apostles were being persecuted and killed. He filled the vacancy of the one who was killed. It is apparent by these two apostles that Christ's church was built upon having apostles and prophets (Ephesians 2:19-20). This lets us know that Christ's church must have 12 apostles in order to have the same foundation that His church had previously. His church is still on the earth today and is built upon the foundation of apostles and prophets; it is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Show more Show less