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Hi I'm Josh

I grew up in Utah. I am an Eagle Scout. I am a missionary. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I have been a member all my life. I was baptized a member of the Church by my older brother. I was ordained a deacon by my father, teacher by my grandfather, and priest and elder by my father. I am an Eagle Scout. I am enrolled at Utah State University studying to be a teacher. I have a strong desire to serve others, and to show love and compassion. I have a very powerful testimony of the church, of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, and repentance and remission of sins. I have a very powerful testimony of our opportunity to live with our Father in Heaven, and of our afterlife, and dwelling place when we leave our mortal existence. I am grateful beyond words of the gift of sealing our families together, achievable only in the temples of our Lord, and my ability to be sealed to my present and future families, for time and all eternity. I love my family beyond words, and know that our Father in Heaven has given us this sealing power to show his love for us.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon for many reasons; among all those, the following are the most important to me. I am a Mormon because I have only ever been raised a Mormon. I have never had the teachings to be anything other than a Mormon. But, being a Mormon is so much more than being raised one. In my opinion, you are truly a Mormon when you gain your testimony. Your testimony is the reason you are a Mormon, and without it, it can be difficult, or even undesirable to be a Mormon. It's so easy to NOT be a Mormon! But on the flip side, it is so easy to BE a Mormon, especially once you have cultivated your testimony! Everything else falls into place when you gain your testimony; every other care, concern, fear, or disbelief is dismissed, and falls away, having no place or foundation. I am a Mormon because I have found that testimony of the Church. I had to find that testimony all by myself. I did not receive it from my parents, friends, siblings, church leaders, or fellow members. They all may have added to it, but I am the reason I have a testimony. I am the reason I have a church. I am the reason I have chosen to follow the teachings of the Church and find the happiness therein. And I alone could decide that. I am a Mormon because I want to be different; I don't want to be like the rest of the world. I want to be in the world, but not of the world. I want to have beliefs and faith; I want to have truth and knowledge; I want to have something to live, work, and if necessary, die for. I want to have a Heavenly Father who knows me, who helps me, and who when I have given it my all, and don't feel I can continue any further, tells me "Well done thou good and faithful servant" (Matthew 25:21) and helps me continue on. THAT is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I participated in seminary throughout high school. I am active in the church and attend my meetings and lessons. I have participated in the youth programs of the church all of my life. I have held the leadership positions in every youth class and quorum I have been in. I am currently a home teacher, and although this can sometimes seem like a burden, this visitation through home teaching blesses me, but more importantly blesses those that I visit. The calling of home teaching is considered one of the most difficult callings in the church, and unfortunately is neglected by some, but the blessings brought to us and to the families we have the responsibility to look after are worth the efforts; not to mention the failure to fulfill these responsibilities is very much a trial both in this world, and the next, and something much better avoided.