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Hi I'm Joshua Rackham

I am 19, 10 of those years were spent in New Jersey. I am currently serving a mission for my church. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a normal teenaged male, if you count loving to read as normal. I don't excel in many areas except those directly related to reading, or things of that nature. I am currently deferred from Brigham Young University in Idaho to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I'd love to sing, if only I could; also, I am a fledgling mallet percussionist.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon for a very simple reason. I believe in that which is being taught. Many think poorly of the Church, especially in our Youth programs, but if one were to experience the feelings that we feel as we learn the Gospel of Jesus Christ I would think that those misconceptions would disappear. There is a story of a minister who attended one of our Primary meetings, or a meeting in which we teach the younger children of the Church. After he visited, he was asked what he thought of it. He replied, "If I could experience the feeling I felt here today every day, I would be a very happy man." Of course, this is paraphrased because I can't remember exactly where this came from, but I hope my meaning is clear. I honestly wish that if I were to relive my years as a child and teenager that I would be a member of the Church every single time. I have never missed out on any fun by not drinking, or not smoking, or being abstinent. While I do make mistakes, just like every other human, I am comforted by the knowledge that, through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, I can be forgiven for those things which I have done wrong. I know that there is a God, and that He lives as does His Son, Jesus Christ; who is also my elder brother. I know that Joseph Smith truly saw Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ in a vision known as the First Vision. I have walked the grove where that event took place, and the feeling of peace and comfort is still there, 200 years after they appeared. Consequently, I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. I wish to end this explanation with a phrase that the Members of the Church use often when ending their testimony. This phrase shows that we are confident in that which we believe and that we are not afraid to let Jesus Christ know that we love Him. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

How I live my faith

Having graduated from a high school in an area with few members of the Church, I understand the necessity for living "in the world, but not of the world." I have served in a few ways for my congregation. Mostly I have been involved with the planning and execution of activities in our Youth programs. I refuse to take part in the activities of the world. I do not, and will not, participate in the habit of swearing; and other habits that are common in the world.