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Hi I'm Joshua Jorgensen

I am a reader, a student, a rugby player, a music-lover, a California stereotype and a proud older brother. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Provo Utah but grew up just a few miles from the Mexican border in Chula Vista, California. I LOVE Mexican food, fruit, and anything sweet. My mom made sure I went to piano practice every week and my dad passed on his love for sports. By the time I graduated from High School I had played soccer, baseball, been on the track and swim teams, and played four years of rugby. I briefly attended Brigham Young University, and was majoring in Philosophy. I love anything with "board" in the name including surf boarding, skateboarding, snowboarding, and board games! You can find me either at the beach with a board slung over a sunburned shoulder, or in my bedroom engrossed by my latest favorite book. The joy of my life are my seven little siblings, my parents, and the faith that binds my crazy life together!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and grew up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My parents are divorced, but no matter who I was with, we always went to church. Honestly, I have always believed that the Church was true. As an infant, as a teenager, and as an adult, I knew and know that Jesus is the Christ, that Joseph Smith is a prophet, and that the Book of Mormon is, in its entirety, true. The gospel bring me peace, happiness, and a deeper relationship with my God, my family, and myself. I understand my own motives and nature better because of the gospel, I am a better son, brother, and disciple of Jesus Christ because of the Church. Being a Mormon has lifted me from bad times and enhanced my good ones. It has only ever brought me satisfaction, growth, love, and power. I would never trade it for anything else, and everything good that I am or have ever been or ever hope to be I can trace to the simple fact that I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I am serving, at my own cost, a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have served in the church in small ways throughout my life, mostly by following the example of my incredible leaders in the church and my parents. They kept me involved in Boy Scouts and service projects and prayer and scripture study and four years of seminary classes early in the morning every day of high school! But after I left for college, I had to make my own choices about how to live my life, and I have never regretted the decision to embrace completely the lifestyle of my faith. I do not smoke, chew tobacco, drink coffee, tea, or alcohol, or ever have. I do not swear, I respect in word and deed the sacred nature of women, and I made the sacrifices necessary to serve a mission. For me, those sacrifices included leaving rugby, music, my job at a growing law firm in the city and my scholarship-sponsored education at Brigham Young University, to grapple with health concerns that prevented me from serving. With the unflattering love and support of my family, and after three long years of treatment, preparation, enormous personal effort, and the blessings of my Heavenly Father, I was permitted to begin my two years of service as a full-time missionary. Now, I wake up at 6:30 every morning, and until I collapse into sleep at 10:30 at night, my day is scheduled, and I am working harder than I ever have before. All day every day missionaries share the message of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. We teach, we serve, we are active members of the community in which we live and we do everything in our power to support and enable the people around us. I knock on doors, I testify of Christ, I mow lawns and trim hedges. I do everything I can to live my faith, because I LOVE the people in the mission in which I serve.