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Hi I'm Josh

I live in Utah and I love piano music. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have played the piano for ten years and have come to love and enjoy music. I have six siblings, so I know what it means to grow up in a large family. Some of my best experiences and memories have come from the time that I have spent with my brothers and sisters. My parents love the LDS Church; they have tried to devote their lives to serving God. Their example is a huge strength to me as I make decisions about the things that I want to do in my life. My oldest brother is serving a mission in Mozambique, a coastal country in Africa. I look forward to receiving emails from him each week, he is dedicated to his mission and he is a great friend to me.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into an LDS family, so Mormon traditions and beliefs are really second nature to me. Despite my familiarity with the teaching of the LDS Church, I never really took the opportunity to become converted, if you will, to the Gospel; I took everything for granted and didn't really strive to feel the spirit of the Lord in my life. As I got older I saw some of the boys that I had grown up, my older brother among them, change. They became more mature and more serious; even though they still liked to have a good time, there were other things on their minds. When my brother made the decision to serve a mission, I decided that it was time that I found out for myself if the church was truly from God. I read the Book of Mormon with the intention of finding out whether or not it was truth, and as I read I came across a scripture in the book of Mosiah that reads: "Surely he has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted." This scripture speaks of the Savior Jesus Christ and his atonement for mankind. This scripture touched my heart in a way that I recognized as the Spirit of the Lord. I know that the LDS Church is the one true Church of God on the Earth. I love the Gospel and I want every person on Earth to know and feel the same thing.

How I live my faith

In my church congregations that meet to worship each week are called wards. Being part of a ward is alot like being part of a family. We all work together to serve and support each other in our lives and in our religious responsibilities. Often we meet together during the week for activities that are fun and spiritually edifying. One of the best parts about being a kid in an LDS ward is the great youth program. It's fun to get to know the other kids and before long you become part of a very tightly knit group.

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

Josh
When the Savior was crucified, and after his Apostles had all died, the Authority of the Priesthood was taken from the Earth. Without the Priesthood Authority the true Gospel of Christ faded from the Earth. The time between the Savior's death and the First Vision (see Joseph Smith History) was known as the Great Apostasy. The Restoration was needed because, though the idea of God had not faded from the Earth, his true Gospel had been lost. As for the Bible, for much of the Great Apostasy it was not available to the common people of the world. The translation of the King James version of the Bible was part of the Lord's preparation for the time that the Fullness of the Gospel would again be restored to the Earth. Show more Show less