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Hi I'm Josh

I'm from gorgeous SoCal. I'm high volume, high enthusiasm, and high energy. I can't stop smiling. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I'm Elder (Josh) Waite and I'm serving in the amazing Utah Logan Mission! I love anything Disney! I'm the youngest of five children and I have 9 nieces and nephews with one on the way. I love the outdoors! Rock climbing, backpacking, sports, hiking, the beach, anything that lets me be outside. I plan on attending USU and majoring in something where I can work with people, cause I'm a huge people person.

Why I am a Mormon

I've been raised in the church my whole life, and it came as second nature to me. But of course, I had to gain my own testimony. In my third month of my mission, I was going through a hard time and asked for a Priesthood blessing, and later that week I had a sacred spiritual experience that I can't deny. I know that our Father in Heaven loves each of us and knows us personally, just like our parents do, but on an even deeper level. I also know that He will help us, and that He does help us, more than we can realize. I'm a Mormon because family is everything to me. I love my parents, brothers, sisters, grandparents, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews etc. and because of that love I want to be with them for eternity. This gospel is how I can be with them. I know that one day, I'll be able to take a gorgeous daughter of God to the temple with me, and we will be able to raise a beautiful family. If I didn't have the knowledge I have of eternal families, to me it would be pointless to have a family if we wouldn't ever see them again. Because of Christ's atonement and the blessings of the temple, I know that I can be with my family - current, past, and future - for all of eternity.

How I live my faith

I have been called as a missionary to serve in the Utah Logan mission, like all my other entries state, and that's how I'll be living my faith for the next 2 years. I try my best to be an example of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It's a blessing to be able to represent Him as a full-time missionary.

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

The current LDS prophet is President Thomas S. Monson who has been called by God to lead His church on the Earth. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

The priesthood is the authority and power to act in God's name. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Pretend you're wearing a backpack with one huge pocket, and you can't take it off. You're going on a hike, and over time, you collect rocks, some big and some small, and put them in your backpack. Well, these rocks weigh you down, and make it hard to progress. You try to reach back and pull them out, so you can keep going on your journey and not feel that weight, but you can't do it alone. If that hike is our life, then those rocks are our sins and mistakes. They bring a burden to our souls, and feelings of guilt and sorrow. We can't get rid of those sins. Christ's atonement, where he suffered for our sins and sicknesses and everything bad, allows Him to take those rocks, or sins, from us. When we allow Christ to take our sins from us, it's called repentance, and we turn from those mistakes, are forgiven by God, and are no longer weighed down by those sins, so we can progress and return to our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

We believe that to be numbered as one in the Church of God, we must be baptized by someone holding the Priesthood, which is authority to perform ordinances in the name of Christ. When we're baptized, our sins are washed away. Although Christ was sinless, he was baptized to fulfill all righteousness and to set the example for us. We also make a covenant, or two-way promise, with God when we're baptized. We promise to keep the commandments, take Christ's name upon us, and always remember Him, and in return He promises to allow us to have the Holy Ghost with us always. Show more Show less