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Hi I'm Joshua

I live in Virginia, but I am serving a two year mission in France. I love hiking and the outdoors. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Utah, and lived there for 8 years. My family then moved to Virginia, where I have lived ever since. I recently graduated High School, and since August I have been serving my mission in France. During High School I picked up Cross Country. Also during High School I got involved with the debate team,I participated in Lincoln-Douglas debate.I have had a lifelong love of the outdoors, especially hiking and backpacking. I think it is so cool to go out and enjoy God's creations. After my mission I intend to attend college and study engineering.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church, but there comes a point in a person's life when they need to find out for themselves what the truth is. For me, my testimony came very gradually. There wasn't a moment where I suddenly knew that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was the true church. Instead, it has come as a series of small experiences and impressions that have gradually been built up into the testimony I have today. I am a logic-oriented person, and the gospel makes sense. It seems unlikely to me that our world was created with the exact right characteristics necessary for life by sheer chance; so there must have been a creator. It also seems unlikely to me that Christianity would have been able to survive and eventually grow to be the largest religion in the world given that for its first 100 years it faced persecution from both the Jews and the Romans unless it was a true religion; so it is within the various sects of Christianity that the truth must be found. It seems unlikely to me that a young man with the education of a third grader (Joseph Smith Jr.) would have been able to make up the text known as the Book of Mormon: I have read that book, and in my mind is one of the most profound books ever written. Of course these statements could all be argued against, but taken all together combined with my personal experiences with this church, they form the core of my testimony. The priesthood authority and church organization set up by Jesus Christ during his earthly ministry has been restored today in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints. Jesus Christ is the head of our church. We have a living prophet today, his name is Thomas S. Monson. It is through this church that eternal salvation and happiness can be achieved, and I am so glad that I am a member.

How I live my faith

The most obvious example of how I live my faith is my current full-time mission serving the people of France. I get to spend all of my time sharing with people here how the Gospel has blessed my life. In the past I have participated in a wide variety of activities including community service projects with my youth group. To me, faith is a principle of action. I live my faith in Jesus Christ by trying to do the things he wants me to do. Of couse I'm not perfect, but I try.