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Hi I'm Joshua

I was born and raised in Alabama, I'm serving in the Idaho, Nampa Mission, I'm a student, a brother, an artist, and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I grew up in a broken home like many others but it wasn't very bad at all! After my parents split I got to see their lives go in different directions as I traveled back and forth from one home to the other. My father and his wife are both members but my mom and her husband are not. Regardless I love them all the same and they are all wonderful people! I love everyone because I recognize us all as children of our Heavenly Father trying to find our way in a rough world and I want everyone to understand how much our Heavenly Father loves us. I enjoy art, writing, singing, watching movies, making jokes, playing, being outside, sleeping, learning, and most of all making others happy and bringing a cheerful spirit into their lives as often as I can!

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I need Jesus in my life. After my parents divorced when I was three I became depressed as I realized the levity of the situation. I didn't like to talk to anyone and I was very particular about who I became close to. The divorce was hard on my parents too especially financially and I cannot even begin to explain how important the Church's welfare plan helped my family stay fed. As I grew up my father struggled intensely with alcoholism and an addiction to prescription drugs. It impacted our family quite a bit and there were many times in which I felt completely alone and miserable. As a teenager I struggled with anxiety and depression and always tried to find ways around it. As a preteen I struggled with my self-image and I would sometimes go without eating in hopes that I might become sightly enough for myself and others. I eventually reached a breaking point where I couldn't even stand to be me. It was tough but eventually I turned my life over to the Lord and finally gave religion a chance. The results were life changing! I was given so many reasons to feel loved, I saw everything in a new light, and I could finally love myself! I was always searching for light at the end of the tunnel and with the LDS church I found that light. There are so many reasons to feel confused about The Church but I have the best reasons to trust in it! 1) The Church and its leaders will never tell you to do anything that Jesus himself wouldn't do. 2) You can feel the spirit of the Lord stronger than anywhere else. 3) We have guidance directly from God. 4) The LDS church models itself exactly after the church that Christ established in the New Testament. 5) Families can be together forever! 6) The Church encourages you to form your own opinions and seek truth for yourself. 7) The Church makes bad people good and good people better (I've seen it). 8) The gospel of Jesus Christ has changed me for the better and I can feel God's love in my life! The list goes on!

How I live my faith

I enjoy participating in my community by working hard, being a friend, and trying to be a good example of a disciple of Jesus Christ. As a youth I regularly participated in art shows by sharing my talents with others. Often times when I'm not working I am out with the local missionaries trying to show others how wonderful the gospel of Jesus Christ is. I believe it is important to always be a good citizen wherever you are and to make other's lives easier by helping out in any way possible. I go to church regularly even if I have to go alone because church has always been a safe place for me and I love the spirit that it brings!

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

The atonement of Jesus Christ was when Christ suffered in the garden of Gethsemane, was crucified, and was resurrected. The atonement is essential for us to return to our Heavenly Father. I cannot possibly begin to explain the meaning of the Atonement because I myself cannot fully comprehend it but I can tell you what it means to me. As I strive to become more like Christ I begin to understand the Atonement more fully. I begin to understand that Christ willingly took upon Himself unimaginable suffering for us. I believe that He found a degree of joy in his suffering because he knew that he was opening the way for all of us to be saved. His Atonement was always plan A. It wasn't because Adam and Eve sinned in Eden but was intended to take place even before our world existed. It is impossible for a sinful person to find restitution for their sins without the help of a sinless being that was Jesus the Christ. In the ritual sacrifice of a lamb which was required of the Jews by the Law of Moses for the forgiveness of sins, we see the foreshadowing of the Atonement of the Christ. In order to take full advantage of the Atonement we must put forth a great effort to be the best that we can be. This effort requires faith in Christ, baptism and confirmation by the proper priesthood authority, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, obedience to God's commandments, receiving sacred ordinances, and striving to become like Him. Only then will we experience the full effect of the Atonement. Show more Show less