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Hi I'm Josh

I grew up in Colorado USA. I will be going to an Engineering school in Colorado, studying Biomechanical Engineering I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have always loved things that had to do with science. When I was a kid, I would take apart anything and everything. When I got older, I started building things by gluing popsicle sticks to motors to make cars and boats. More recently, I have been playing with 3D printers, and making my own circuit boards. When I'm not playing with electricity, I love biking, and rock climbing. I'm a bit of an amateur at both, but I'm getting better at them.

Why I am a Mormon

The answer most of my friends would give on my behalf is that I was born a Mormon. While this is true, it is not the reason that I am still a Mormon. There was a time in my life that I was not as close to the Lord as I am today. This was the hardest time in my life. It was also middle school, which didn't help at all. I felt pretty awful about myself, and about how my life was going. When I started high school, things didn't change over night, but they did change. The difference was Seminary. This was the year I studied The New Testament. My teacher was a family friend, who I had known for years. He was an amazing man, who loved to go into detail about everything. We spent the first four semesters studying the Gospels. Starting every day out by talking about something the savior did made a huge impact in my life that I will never forget. Since then, I have come so much closer to God. Not being a Mormon doesn't mean that God won't do what he did for me for you. On the contrary, he loves seeing us all be happy. Being a Mormon does make that a whole lot easier for God. He can bless you so much more if you are living by the teachings of this church than if you are not. I know that this church is the true, living church of Jesus Christ on the earth. The teachings you will hear from the missionaries, and from the members can and will change your life in ways you can't even imagine.

How I live my faith

I just graduated from high school, and am getting ready to serve a mission in Italy. Up until this point, I have only had youth leadership callings in the ward, but I have loved being in those positions, and being able to work with my friends on different service projects in my community. I also attended four years of early morning seminary, and loved it... at least everything except forcing myself to get out of bed. I learned so much from reading the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Bible. The class I had on The New Testament was my favorite of the four.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Josh
It isn't a requirement for us to serve missions, but it is strongly encouraged. There are things people learn as missionaries that can't be learned anywhere else. For men, it is considered a priesthood duty. There are men who decide not to go, and while they miss out on some incredible blessings and experiences, they are not penalized by the church in any way. For women, it is encouraged, but based more on what they feel they need to do, and what they are directed to do through personal revelation from God. Show more Show less