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Hi I'm Josh

I'm a choir fanatic, a theater nerd, a sales associate, a future missionary to serve in Mozambique, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love music and I love to sing. I have been singing in choirs for over seven years, and I have loved it even from the time I was a little kid. I am also a thespian. I have acted in several high school productions, and found that I have never had more fun then I did when I acted. I am also an eagle scout, an honors graduate, and former National Honor Society member. I love to learn and I know that it is one of God's greatest joys to watch His children grow in wisdom and knowledge. I am an elder in the Melchizedek priesthood, and have recently been called to serve as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, in the Mozambique Maputo Mission. I can not tell you how much joy it has brought me in preparing to serve these people. To think that God entrusts me so much, that he would call me to teach His children, just as Christ did during His mortal ministry, and to bring them the knowledge of His Son's gospel, is so incredible. I know that God has great plans in store for each of us, and I am grateful for all the blessings that He has and will grant me, and I testify that the blessings that come from living the gospel are in fact real.

Why I am a Mormon

I know that Christ is real, that God is real, and that all they want is for us to experience joy that is incomprehensible to any person on this Earth. I am a member, because I know that the pathway to finding that joy comes through living His gospel. It is the same gospel that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints teaches. I know that. I have testimony of it. I can testify that this church is what fills me with happiness. It is the happiness found in studying the teachings of Christ in the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great. Combined these doctrines create the fullness of the gospel. It is the happiness found in daily prayer, when we take the time to humbly come before the Lord to seek His counsel that will lead us on the path to Him. It is the happiness found in renewing and keeping the promises we have made with God, and keeping the commandments He has given us. It is the joy found in seeking forgiveness for our shortcomings and finding that redeeming grace that comes from our Father in Heaven. It is the happiness in finding every opportunity to serve those around us every day. It is the the happiness in doing all that we can each day to become like our Father in Heaven. And it is in the happiness in knowing that God loves us and in knowing that we are His literal children, and that He only wants the best for us. I know this to be true. I testify of it, and I do so in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

How I live my faith

I strive every day to communicate with my Father in Heaven through personal prayer and scripture study. I know that God does in fact hear and answer our prayers. Perhaps not often in the way that we would want but He does nonetheless answer them. I know that the work of Christ's gospel is real, and I have gained a desire to further this work along in my own way by choosing to serve the Lord as a missionary for His church. I know the blessings and joy of living the gospel can bring to someone do exist. I have recognized them in my own life and in the lives of countless other people. I am grateful for the opportunity that I have to serve as I recognize it not as a burden but as gift that God has given me, and words can not express the love I have for this gift. I know that as He served and still serves us today, so should we strive to serve others each and every day.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Josh
A testimony is a witness of gospel truths that is given to us through the Holy Ghost. We call it a 'testimony' because we testify of others that the principles of the gospel are true, and that through faith and prayer we have gained a witness of its truth. Some of the basic principles that are included in a testimony are that God is our Eternal Father in Heaven, that He sent His son to sacrifice Himself for our sake's so that we may have the Atonement of Christ to repent of our sins and become perfected. We testify that Joseph Smith was a prophet. That he did in fact see God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ, and that he did restore Christ's church to the Earth, and that that was the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. We testify that we are led by a prophet today Thomas S. Monson, and that He holds all of the priesthood keys of the church, which have been given to Him through the power of God, and many more things do we testify of which encompass all the principles taught in the church and make up the fullness of Christ's Gospel. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Josh
"Mormon" is merely a nickname for our religion. The proper name for our church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The nickname 'Mormon' is derived from The Book of Mormon, which is another testament of Jesus Christ. You see the Bible is a testament of Christ's teachings in the Old World and the Book of Mormon is a testament of Christ's teachings in the New World. Now the Book of Mormon is not quite as large, as it covers a shorter time period. The Book of Mormon begins in the time of the reign of King Nebuchadnezzar in 600 B.C. and extends to 421 A.D. Mormons believe in the teachings of both the Bible and the Book of Mormon. We also believe in the teachings of the Pearl of Great Price (the books of Moses and Abraham), and in the Doctrine and Covenants (modern day revelation). We believe that revelation that we receive through modern day prophets is also counsel from God. The church contains all the parts of Christ's church He established on the Earth, including the principles of faith, repentance, baptism, and the gift of the Holy Ghost, that there are three separate beings of the Godhead: Jesus Christ, the Holy Ghost, and Heavenly Father, that God has granted men who are worthy, the authority to act in His name, this being the priesthood authority, and that through the atonement of Christ all mankind may be saved by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the gospel. This is the true church, it is Christ's church, and I testify this to be true. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Josh
When Christ came to this earth during His mortal ministry He established His church. Although after He was crucified, and His apostles had been killed, His gospel, and the priesthood authority that came from God were lost from the Earth. For years the church was lost. Now bits and pieces of the gospel still remained upon the earth, but the fullness of Christ's teachings were gone. In 1820 in New York, there was much talk of religion, and a young man, named Joseph Smith became very confused as to which church he should join. One night when studying his scriptures he came to James chapter one, verse five which reads :" If any of you lack wisdom let him ask of God that giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not and it shall be given him." So Joseph chose to take action and find out for himself which church to join or ask of God. One morning he retired to a grove of trees and knelt in prayer. In that moment he was seized upon by some force that bound his tongue. This was the power of Satan trying to prevent Joseph from being brought from the knowledge of the truth. Although persisting to fervently pray unto the Lord, Joseph was released from this force and he no sooner saw a pillar of light above the brightness of the sun, and saw two personages, God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ, who had answered him that he should join no church, but that soon Christ's church would be established once again on the Earth, and that is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. Show more Show less