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Hi I'm Joshua

I enjoy sports, writing, and paintball. I am currently preparing to serve a full-time Mission in the Philippines Angeles Mission.

About Me

Let me start by saying that although i am a teenage guy, I don't always fit into that typical subculture. Examples: I like New Age music, I enjoy spending time with my family, I enjoy church, and I work upwards around 40-45 hours a week. Now that that's out of the way, lets get down to how I do fit into the stereotype. I am an adrenaline junkie, and my preferred activities usually revolve around activities such as paintball, cliff diving, and climbing anything I can. I usually walk away from these activities with a few minor injuries, and a compelling sense of satisfaction. I enjoy participating in sporting events, my favorites being Soccer and Track & Field. While I haven't played on any competitive team for a while, I still enjoy getting a soccer ball out and messing around with anyone who feels like it. For Track and Field, I throw the Javelin and Discus, Long jump, and I plan on learning Pole-vaulting, and running the 800 in college. I love to read, but only if what I'm reading is interesting and not mainstream or stupid. Unfortunately, that seems to sum up most of what has been published lately, and as a result, I have been in the process of writing my own book for the past year. I enjoy the outdoors, and I wont complain if someone suggest taking a hike through the woods, or along a river.

Why I am a Mormon

For a long time, my answer to this question was that I had been born into the faith, and if my parents believed it, it must be true. That all changed roughly two years ago when my father took my brother and I hiking in the Uintas. We would be hiking during the Sabbath, and we agreed that we would each leave to be on our own for a while and spend time praying, or reading the scriptures, something to keep our minds focused on the Lord. I had done the hike before with my dad several years before, and knew a route to the top of a nearby mountain. I left my father and brother behind, and ran up the trail. At the top, I knelt and poured out my soul to God. My soul seemed to burn with fire as I prayed on the mountain top. I can't adequately express the emotions that I felt, as anything I try to say seems incredibly inadequate. I will say that when I came off the mountain, I was no longer following God because my parents did, but because I knew for myself that he was there, and he knew who I was. I testify that God knows who you are. He knows your faults, and your triumphs. He cares about your well being, and is eager for you to come to know Him. I testify that Jesus atoned for our sins, and if you embrace his atonement, your sins will be lifted from your shoulders.

How I live my faith

There are several ways that I try to live my faith. The first and most important on is trying to be a disciple of Christ. By this I mean following his teachings of love and compassion. This is a more everyday thing, one that isn't as specific to the church, but nonetheless I feel is highly important. I try to help those who ask, and I often volunteer for service opportunities when they come up in our meetings. I play the piano for the men in our church, and try to get the youth together for little fun activities. Several times I have gone out with the missionaries to watch them teach others, which has been both enjoyable and interesting.