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Hi I'm Josh

I grew up in Rock Springs, Wyoming, I play soccer for WWCC, I'm called to Serve in Mexico City,and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Wyoming. As I have lived here, a lot has happened to me. When I was a kid, I had a severe learning disability, that was supposed to refrain me from living a normal life. I was blessed to have people all around me help me overcome this disability, and be able to function at a normal level. I actually turned out to have a pretty good youth, and teen life. In my youth, I made many friends, and tried all kinds of sports. I found a love for having fun with others, playing videogames, and for certain sports. I had a great high school experience. I was a member of varsity tennis and varsity soccer for 3 years. I was an all-state athlete in both indoor track, and soccer my senior year. I was a state champion in the boys 4x400 meter relay, and led my high school team to the semi-finals of state for the first time in 10 years. These accomplishments helped me be able to compete at the next level, and play college soccer. I was awarded with the scholar athlete award, and was a member of National Honor Society ever since my Junior year of high school, as well as being on the honor roll. I still made sure to be socially active as well. I was the Prom King my Junior year, as well as Mr. Irresistible my senior year. I participated in all of the make a wish events that I could, and always helped school rallies/parades become more exciting. I love being with people and helping them smile. There is no better feeling than knowing you helped make someone's life better.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon, for many reasons. I am a Mormon because I feel the truth of the Gospel inside of me. I am a Mormon, because I have prayed and pondered over the Book of Mormon, and have felt the truth of the words, and know it to be true. I am a Mormon because I know in my heart, that Joseph Smith helped restore this church, that he saw Jesus Christ and God the Father, and was commanded to give us this Gospel again. I know Joseph Smith was a Prophet called by God himself. I know Joseph Smith died for this Gospel, because he knew with all of his heart that it was true. I am a Mormon because I know that Jesus Christ took on all of our sins, infirmities, trials, and discomforts. He took on everything for us so we could not only be able to return to our Father in Heaven, but because He knows everything we will go through. He knows how to comfort us when we are sad, and how to take away our sins so we can be cleansed, and able to return back to our loving Heavenly Father. I know this to be true, because I have felt the Atonement for both purposes. I have felt the atonement help wash away my sins and make me whole again. I'm not perfect, far from it, but through the atonement of Jesus Christ, I can become perfect one day. I have felt the atonement help comfort me in my saddest moments. Through every heartbreak, and every moment of loneliness, I have learned that I can call on the Lord for help, and that he will mend my broken heart, and be with me at all times So I will never be alone. I am a Mormon because I know that the Temple is the house of the Lord, and that through it we can be married for time and all eternity, and be able to have a family forever. Not just on this earth, but in the eternities to come. I am a Mormon because I know Jesus died on the cross and was resurrected so we could be resurrected once again too. I am a Mormon because I feel God's love all around me, through the prophets, my family, and this gospel. It is everywhere. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith mostly by example I would say. I do speak about the Gospel when necessary, but I think people learn from your actions more than your words. I can't remember exactly when I decided to start actually reading my scriptures. I think it was when I was 13 years old. I try reading the scriptures, and praying every single day. When I was a young man, I had many roles in my different priesthood groups. I was a deacons president, and first counselor. A teacher's first counselor, as well as the teacher president, and I was first and second assistant in the priest group. I also received my Eagle Scout at the age of 15. I graduated from Seminary, and I attend Institute. I wouldn't say I was popular in high school, but I was well liked by a lot of people. I always tried to be friendly to them, and never put anyone down for who they were. I tried my best to include others around me, and always make the mood happy and fun in the classroom, in the gym, on the field, or wherever I was. I had higher standards, which became obvious to the people around me since I refrained from parties, alcohol, drugs, sexual things, cussing, etc. People around me started noticing this, and asked me why. Sometimes I would make it short and just say I don't want to do those things, and other times I would be more specific and tell them those things were not things I believed in, and that my church didn't agree with those things, so neither should I. After I would tell them these things, they usually became a lot more respectful, and raised their standards around me. I would also say I lived my faith, just by always giving a hand to all those in need. Sometimes it's those simple talks with people to make them feel better, that can mean the most to them. Lastly, I am living my faith by deciding to serve a two year mission for the Lord. I have been called to serve in Mexico City, Mexico, Chalco. I cannot wait to be with the people, and let them hear the truth of this wonderful Gospel.