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Hi I'm Josh

I am a musician, I love learning, I love sports, but most of all, I love my family. And I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I love living life! I absolutely love music and I play violin, piano, and a couple other instruments. I also love to sing, and my family loves making music together. I'm a firm believer in the power of music, especially for good. I love sports, especially soccer and volleyball, especially when I can play with family and friends. I love learning about pretty much everything. I also love being with people, and I'm extremely grateful for the opportunities I have had to serve others and for the service that has been done for me. I am a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and love Jesus Christ more than anything else in my life. I'm far from perfect, but I'm going to keep improving. I am so grateful for Christ's sacrifice and it's very personal application to me. Right now, because I'm a missionary, I spend each day serving others and talking with them about what we believe in this church. And it's awesome!

Why I am a Mormon

Overall, I'd say I'm a happy person. However, once in a while, life has trials that seem to knock your feet out from under you and then hit you even harder while you are down. Living, not just following the core parts of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has helped me make it through experiences I thought for sure would break me. But not only have I just survived these experiences, I have grown and become better. Of course that's kind of the circle of life, we struggle, we learn, we grow, but in life it's not always a happy process. I'm young, sure, but I can promise anybody, anywhere, that no matter their situation, the Gospel of Jesus Christ will heal any wound, make any impossible difficulty bearable, and help you be happy as you try and hold on. Sound crazy? Find missionaries, read the Book of Mormon, and exercise every little bit of desire you have, now matter how small, to know if it's true, and I promise you, your life will become so much more meaningful, so much better than words can convey. I don't care how gut wrenchingly horrible your life is, or how perfect it is. This Church, with Jesus Christ at its head, will take your life so far beyond your current understanding of true happiness. We also believe that we can be eternally happy after we die with those we love, and for me this gives so much hope and purpose to life. Life's not fair, I've been blessed with a pretty awesome life, and others have some awful things happen to them. But the beautiful part of this church, is that after we die, through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we can all be eternally happy, and when you compare this "short" time we have here on earth to eternity, an eternity of complete joy completely overwhelms all of the bad we have now. This Church is one of joy and hope!

How I live my faith

I love going to church, but I try also to take my faith with me wherever I go. I work to live and speak in a way that allows me to share the gospel by example. I don't swear, I will not drink, I will stay away from inappropriate things, and I am constantly working to improve myself. I live according to very high moral standards that I have set for myself. I know that sometimes rules can seem restricting, and I also realize there are people who are much more experienced than I am, but I have seen the way that living with these standards has made my life easier and overall very wonderful. I have not and will not lower my standards, not because I have been taught that way, but because I know exactly how important they are and how much they bless my life. As I try to share what I know about this church, I work to do so in a way that shows caring, because I know that everyone has their challenges and everyone deserves a friend, not somebody to force them along. My faith is what makes me happy!

What is being a Mormon like?

Josh
Amazing! It can be hard some times when faced with situations that push you to change, and it can be very difficult in a world where religion and high moral standards are often mocked, or even attacked, but the happiness that we feel just can't be faked or found anywhere else. It takes work, but the blessings and strength that come from staying faithful are priceless and every second pays off more than anyone can possibly describe. We also feel much more grounded in a world filled with doubt and uncertainty. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Josh
Actually, we love to help everyone. The Church has donated huge amounts of money, time, and supplies to countries all over the world. The Church has over 53,000 missionaries who give anywhere from 12 months to 2 years of their lives to serve and teach mostly non-Mormons all over the world. Personally, I have been able to serve tons of people who didn't even really know what Mormons believed. We are taught to serve everyone, regardless of who they are or where they come from. Show more Show less