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Hi I'm Joshua Ward

I'm a type 1 diabetic, martial artist, musician, Eagle Scout, missionary, and academic from Utah. I love being a "Mormon."

About Me

I love music. I play clarinet, saxophone, piano, and I sing in the choir as well. I've played with a youth symphony as principal clarinetist, with occasionally a jazz band on paid gigs for dances or concerts, and just for fun and enjoyment as well. From choir especially, I've learned of the power of music and to communicate the things of the soul and to help us feel not only the communicated emotions, but the love God has for his children. I've been involved with martial arts for seven years. I love the art. Through it I've learned how to better defend myself, give 100% to what I do, and get up when you get knocked down. I taught youth at the studio where I trained and I loved it. I enjoy helping people accomplish hard things, work hard, and improve their health. I love teaching for understanding and know the satisfaction that comes from watching a student "get it." It just clicks, and I being a part of that experience. Scouting is also a huge part of our family. My dad, brother, and I are all Eagle Scouts and continue to be a part of our local scouting organizations and the Order of the Arrow. I love camping (minus cleaning up when I get home) and anything to do with knots and lashings. I am currently serving a mission, assigned to preach the Gospel in the Spanish language in the New Mexico Albuquerque mission. I love this work and love the people. I know that God loves his children and wants them all to be happy. The Gospel is the way to happiness. I feel it every day.

Why I am a Mormon

There is a lot of bad, filthy, or scary stuff out in the world. I don't want to be a part of it. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is full of the greatest good you can find. I love this church because it gives me hope. It helps me feel good, clean, and purified. I find joy in the doctrines of it. There is no church I'd rather be with than the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet, and that God and Jesus Christ both appeared to him like he said. I know he was called to restore Christ's church as it was in the ancient days and that the same basic organization that existed then exists now in this church. I know it is led by living prophets who will never lead us into wrong. I know that Christ died and bled for all humankind's mistakes, sorrows, pains, and sins. If we follow Christ, He will heal us and make our lives better. I know that through the powers and ordinances of the temples of God, we can live with our families forever. There does not have to be a "to death do us part." Christ lives. He loves us and wants to help us. We just have to follow Him and ask for his help, and we'll get it.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith in how I act. I believe that the twelve points of the Scout Law are at the heart of acting as a good follower of Jesus Christ. I strive to be honest in my school assignments, my finances, and in all my conduct. I strive to be kind and friendly to others, and to center the jokes I make on situations rather than people. If I feel like something I said could have caused unintentional hurt or damage, I will apologize and try to make it right, regardless of my intent when I said it. My friends joke about how I apologize too much, and perhaps I do in some cases, but I would rather make amends for everything I can than cause hurt and never fix it. I know that even when we might have other desires, God's plans are best. Being obedient in the small things, like being consistent in going to church, is so important; especially when we don't feel like doing it. Sometimes planning activities as a youth leader, or going to the extra meeting, or spending the extra time giving service has been draining for me at first, but in the end things always turn out better for me and I always end up happier.