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Hi I'm Joshua Mooney

I'm a momma's boy, student, and soldier. But most importantly, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Me and my four sisters were raised by my mom and dad in Northern Nevada. I am the only boy, and consequently, am my parents' favorite son. I love doing things outdoors, like hiking, hunting, shooting, backpacking, and so on. I am currently serving in the United States Army and going to school. I absolutely love the Army, and hope to make a career out of it upon completion of my mission to Curitiba, Brazil. I am a bit of a nerd, majoring in chemistry and minoring in terrorism studies.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in the Church, and so it was always around as I grew up. I just accepted it as correct and lived its teachings. I have great parents who taught me the Gospel, its teachings, and its standards ever since I was born. But when I started to mature, I decided that I needed to know if it was true. I believed it to be, but I wanted to gain that witness for myself. I read the Book of Mormon, continued to attend all my church meetings, say my personal prayers, and do other things that would help me learn. I practiced that over the course of a few weeks, which then grew into months, and then transformed into years. I never had a moment where it suddenly came to me as true; there was no "Aha!" moment. But as I worked at doing those aforementioned faith-building activities, I learned of the goodness of the Gospel. I learned of the truthfulness of it little by little as I worked to gain that testimony. The Spirit instructed me that what I was doing was right, until that witness grew and grew to become a firm knowledge that this is the true Church.

How I live my faith

Faith is not a passive word. It requires dedication and effort on a continuous basis. I live my faith by prioritizing the Gospel in my life. The Army and school demand quite a bit from me on a daily basis, with classes, training, homework, briefs, etc., but I ensure that it doesn't trump my church calling, my personal scripture studies, or my testimony. I attend a scripture study class (Institute) weekly and my church meetings on Sundays. I am the Assistant Primary Chorister, and teach little kids songs about the church and the Savior. I think the best way to live one's faith is by just doing it, and not letting other things get it the way or influence the way I conduct my life. Sometimes societal pressures or work requirements make it seem impossible to do this, but if you prioritize the Lord and keep His commandments, everything will turn out as it needs to.