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Hi I'm Josh

I'm a missionary. I enjoy everything/anything nerdy. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Games are my passion. I've tried my hand at professional League of Legends and managing Esports companies. I've programmed and created multiple simple video games for the enjoyment of friends and classmates. Before leaving on a mission for my church, I was in college studying computer science and occupying my free time with all manor of game-based entertainment. You'd catch me playing Magic the Gathering, Guild Wars 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Dungeons and Dragons, etc. The list can go on and on. However, I knew that my time could serve a better purpose out in the mission field. This is another level of my life but this time the game is different. I have new rules to follow and different goals in mind.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Mormon Faith, however, when I reached adulthood, nothing stopped me from realizing that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was my parent's religion and not my own. I knew that God meant something to me and was willing to search through different religions in order to find one that made me comfortable. Several different religions and sects passed under my radar, nothing really triggering a positive response. A small weakness that I have is a little bit of laziness. I need either a really good reason or a very logical one to do much of anything. Logic drives my actions and choice making. One Sunday afternoon, I was encouraged to try out the "Singles Branch" of the Mormon Church. Up until then, I had not even known the Single's Branch existed. I arrived fashionably late...roughly two hours late...When I arrived, a gentlemen was bearing his testimony on the logic behind joining the Mormon Church. Two things caught my attention: One, the gentlemen's appearance was hidden behind dozens of tattoos and what remained of many different piercings. Two, he was talking about logic. Logic and religion are a sceptical match to say the least and I couldn't help but smile. If someone was trying to find logic in the Mormon Church, I definitely wanted to stick around. What followed was shocking, it was the most heartfelt and true message I have ever heard about why this church was meant to be and why it's worth paying attention to, why it's worth having faith in. I was assailed by a combination of feelings that appealed to the desires of my heart and my willingness to serve God but also appealed to the logic that runs rampant in mind. Without a doubt, I knew I had found the right place. It wasn't from a professor or a genius in religious logic and reason, it was in a young adult, roughly around my age, who found something I was unable to until that point. From that time forward, my faith has only grown. This church makes sense, I know it's true.

How I live my faith

Before leaving for my mission, I took (and still have) great pride in my hometown and the people in it. It is a rather small community when compared to any other city, but the people there have a lot of potential. I am willing to help my small little part of the East Coast in any way that I can, from service projects to volunteer work. However, my personal joy comes from working with the young adults of my area. I have a special respect for those who personally chose that God meant something to them even through the busyness of their first jobs, grueling college work, or fun-filled everyday life. Before my mission, I served on the Branch Presidency of my local Singles Unit (a church meeting meant for adults from the age of 18-30ish). I have never planned so much in my life. Each week, before church, was a time to set up multiple activities and upcoming events for the young adults of our area. Trying to find level footing in everyone's schedules was a particular challenge.