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Hi I'm Joshua Perez

I'm part of a 2nd place national award winning choir in high school A Capella and a varsity athlete. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

In high school, I did swimming and track and field. I got a varsity letter in both sports all 4 years of high school. I went to BYU-Idaho for a year before going on my mission. I was on an ultimate frisbee team for that year at college. I love music and I love to sing. I was in an a capella choir in high school for three years and got 2nd place in the international competition of high school a capella one year. My choir also participated in NBC's tv show called "The Sing Off". The choir performed there but I did not participate because practices and the auditions were on sunday and I felt that competing on a tv show wasn't a good Sabbath Day activity. I still continue to sing and I have written a couple of songs. Batman is a big hero of mine and always will be. I am currently serving in the Georgia Atlanta North Mission until November of 2015.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family, so I've been Mormon my whole life. I've had my struggles and challenges in my life growing up, but my God has always been there for me. No matter what I am going through, He will always understand and He will always be there. He loves us and I love Him. I know this church is true and I have felt that confirmed to me by the spirit almost every single day. This gospel is truly a blessing in my life, and I know that I would not be the man I am today without it.

How I live my faith

I participate in the ward choir every Sunday and sing praises to the Lord my God. I participated in a youth choir for church and sang during sacrament meetings. I teach lessons during family home evening on Monday nights. I love listening to the prophet and the apostles in general conference. I try very hard to do my part in the church. I love this gospel so much.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Joshua Perez
Tithing is an important thing to do in the church. Some people might look at it as some sort of thing the church does to get easy money from people and can be backed up with the bible. But really that's not what it is at all. Paying an honest 10% of my personal income has brought me blessings beyond comprehension. I was able to pay 10% of my income and still have enough money to pay for a year of college and my mission. I know that would not have been even close to possible with the minimum wage job i had during high school. Where the money came from i have no idea. It truly was a blessing from the Lord. In all reality, with God being all knowing and all powerful and faithful, God can perfectly run His church without money. He can run His church without the tithes of it's members. Tithing isn't about the money. It's about the faith of the members within. We believe that if we pay our tithing, we will be blessed just like it says in Malachi in the bible. The opportunity to pay tithing is to bless the members of the church, not to gain money. Money is perishable, but the blessings we receive from paying our tithing lasts forever. Paying tithing helps the church move forward and blesses those that take advantage of the opportunity. I know i can't live my life without Christ's blessings. That is why we pay 10% of our income. Show more Show less