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Hi I'm Josh

I grew up in Cache Valley Utah, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi! My name is Josh and I'm currently serving a full time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I used to be on my high school's drum line. I played the big bass drum, and there is actually a video of me falling over in the middle of a performance on YouTube. I also love to laugh at myself as I try to golf. When I was about 16 until the time I left to serve a mission, my Dad and I would go up to the golf course and play nine holes for fun. Growing up, I always had an interest in the how of things. How does this chair fold? How do airplanes fly? How much can I bug my parents until I cross the line? They were all fun things to try and figure out, but in 8th grade, I started getting into computers, and now I've taken a college class on computer science.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born with two parents who were Mormons themselves. My whole life I've grown up seeing and feeling the blessings of the LDS church in my life. To me, I am a Mormon, because I have felt the Holy Ghost testify to me that the teachings in the Book of Mormon, and the rest of the teachings of the Church, are truly from God. Through the Holy Ghost, I have come to know my Father in Heaven, and my Savior, Jesus Christ, more than I could have otherwise. I became Mormon by birth. I stayed Mormon by choice.

How I live my faith

I live my faith simply by following the teachings of Jesus Christ. In no way, am I perfect, but I try to live the way that Christ did, and lead by example. When I talk to others, I try to look at them the way that our Father in Heaven sees them. When I see others this way, it truly is hard to not show them the love He has for them. I live my faith by trying to show others the love that Jesus Christ has for all of us.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Josh
We believe that it is only through our faith in Jesus Christ that we can be saved by grace. To fully understand that though, let's talk about what faith is. Faith is more than just believing in the Savior. Faith is like the little train that could. The little train had faith that he could get over the hill, but didn't just sit there and hope, thinking, "I could do that," but he believed that he could do it so much, that he went and tried to. Just like the little train, we need to do something as well. That is, we need to love our Savior with all of our heart. Personally, I've found the only way that I can come to truly love somebody is when I serve them, and do what they ask me to do. The Lord has asked us to keep his commandments, and to serve our fellow men. Through doing these things, I've come to know and love the Savior more and more each day. So, ending, our doctrine of grace is this: "Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ" (Moroni, chapter 10: verse 32) The Lord has promised us that when we come unto Him, and fully repent of our sins, that then His grace is sufficient to save us. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Josh
There are a couple of reasons why we have them. One, in Acts Chapter 1, the after Judas died, the other 11 Apostles chose Matthias to be the apostle that replaced Judas. This tells us, that even after Christ had passed, we still needed Apostles. We also believe that God doesn't change. This tells us that God wouldn't organize His church differently then than he does now. But our Father in Heaven, because He is unchanging, would still call 12 Apostles to help keep and organize His church. As we learn in Ephesians 2:19-20, God's church is built upon the foundation of apostles and prophets. Show more Show less