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Hi I'm Josh

I love puppies and good literature; I criticise pop culture; and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Having been raised well-immersed in good literature, I enjoy good literature. I myself am writing prose and poetry on a weekly basis. I grew up listening to good music, such was the interest of my father Daniel. I was baptised in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I was eight years old. I was young then; I grew up having good friends by my side. Consequently—and with much gratitude—I have not fallen into the pit of vices (although I have yet to have myself tested further). For two years I took up Literature at a relatively big university in Sampaloc, Manila where there is ease of access to the Manila Philippines Institute of Religion. Recently, I was set apart as the secretary of the Institute of Religion Student Council in it. While I am generally a passive person in the respect of observing the bustle of the world, I always welcome opportunities where I can serve my fellow humans in ways that best suit me. I received and my mission call to the Brazil Curitiba Mission! I am expected to enter the Brazil Missionary Training Centre and from there, serve in a period of two years.

Why I am a Mormon

I can understand how it is difficult for many members of this church to continue following the gospel of Christ. Adversary is rampant and comes in many forms. What irks me the most is how more and more clever adversary is becoming. At present times, adversary often presents itself in sequences—first in minute temptation; then with further, deeper-rooted urges; finally striking with "his mighty ... shafts in the whirlwind, ... all his hail and mighty storm" (Helaman 5:12), coming in many forms of worldly excesses and cunning devices of deception. Our Heavenly Father loves every one of us that in retrospect, "... [He] gave His only Begotten Son ..." (John 3:16), who is Jesus Christ. I know of a surety that Jesus suffered for the sins of mankind in the past, present, and future. He did this not because he knew that he had to but because he wanted to. Now, this is because Jesus knew that this is necessary for the salvation of mankind! Today, we have access to the necessary ordinances for our own salvation because Joseph Smith inquired of the Lord "... in faith, nothing wavering. ..." (James 1:5). It is thus not easy for a follower of Christ to remain as such in these latter days, let alone for a Mormon. Nevertheless, the gospel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gives you enough sources of strength to overcome these challenges – these stumbling blocks in our paths to personal betterment. I am a practising Mormon because I recognise that "... the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them" (1 Nephi 3:7).

How I live my faith

Service runs deep in my heart. It is essentially important to me to be of service of and for others, especially when it demands much of my capacities. "For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required ..." and that definitely resonates with myself. I strive to live with humility and prudence in all things. Lavishness is not a Christ-like attribute, and I best not be lavish. In many ways do the immersion of oneself in service to others in turn help oneself help himself in various aspects. Many of my own personal problems find resolution when I am losing myself in the service of others. What a joy it is to serve Him!