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Hi I'm Josh

I love movies. I'm a thinker. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a college student. I graduated from high school about a year ago and I've been taking classes since. It's tricky for me to balance my social life, work, and my classes, so I've had limited success, at least by my standards. My friends are super important to me. True friendship is so uncommon that when I find someone that I really connect with it makes a huge difference for me. My friends and I like to watch movies, play card games, and spend nights around fire pits. My favorite movies are the Lord of the Rings movies and my favorite card game is an Italian game called "Bang!". For most of my life I've been interested in politics, but lately I've grown disenfranchised with how radical and hateful people from all beliefs can get about the issues they care about. When I'm on my own, I like to read and my favorite author is Brandon Sanderson. I'm interested in history and art. In history, I love hearing the stories of people who brought light to dark circumstances. My favorite art comes from Italian artists like Bernini and Caravaggio. I love my family. I'm the oldest child in my family of seven, with three little brothers and a little sister. In everything I do, I try to be an example for them. So right now, I'm leaving them for two years to serve as a missionary in Seoul, Korea.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was young, being raised in the church, it was easy for me to accept as truth what my parents taught me, but as I got older I began to have serious doubts about the church, Jesus Christ, and the existence of any sort of God at all. These years were rough for me. I had to deal with deaths in and out of my family, deaths that happened while I was already in the middle of a period of depression. My parents were concerned for me, so they sent me to a summer program for youth. I hated it. Sure, the girls were cute and the dances were fun, but there was so much talk about Jesus that I just couldn't handle it. On the second to last day of the camp, there was a musical program put on by my peers. It was a big deal, with hundreds of singers in a large auditorium. I still hated it. I remember walking out thinking about how pointless it was and what I waste of my time was when everything changed. Without any kind of trigger and seemingly without any reason, I felt loved for the first time in my life. I was overcome with the spirit of God and I knew that my Savior still loved me despite my sins. That he always had been there for me and always would be there for me. For the first time in my life, I wasn't alone. I broke down in the street and cried. I know, for myself, that Jesus Christ was the son of God. That he came to Earth to die for our sins, my sins. That even as he suffered pain so terrible that he, the son of God, cried out in pain, he still willingly took that pain for me. True love has been known but once, but the fire of his passion sent out sparks. All over this dark world are people shining bright. They love each other. They work to serve humanity, even if they aren't always sure how to do that right. They are led by a prophet and guided by the spirit. They are imperfect, but they are the best that we have. They know who they are and where they are going. I know why I'm here. I'm going to make a difference. I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

At my college ward, I taught in sunday school for the last year or so. I would be assigned a topic to teach every other sunday. With that topic in mind, I would study and pray for guidance so that my message would have the greatest impact in the lives of my class members. I usually chose to depart from the lesson manual, after pulling out things that I thought were useful or important, and to create my own lesson based on what the spirit told me was of most importance. Now I'm getting ready to serve a mission for the church in Seoul, Korea. I don't speak Korean and I've never been to the country, but in a week I start my training as a missionary and in a couple of months I fly to Seoul. While there I hope to help people better understand Jesus Christ as their Savior and to draw closer to Him and His love. In my experience, true happiness comes from embracing Christ's atonement, knowing that he loved you so much that he was willing to suffer your pains and die for your sins, and ultimately rise again and prepare the way for you to rise above mortality. I'll serve for two years before I return to my family and friends.