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Hi I'm Josh Bedwell

I grew up in Texas, and I am studying chemical engineering at BYU. I will be serving a full time mission starting October 2017.

About Me

I have three younger sisters and a little brother. I was born in Utah, and I have lived in Texas most of the time I have grown up. Throughout high school, I played soccer and ran cross country and track. I am currently studying chemical engineering, and I have always been interested in math, science, chemistry, computers and the like. Soon I will leave to serve a mission in Washington state, just south of Seattle. I am very excited for this opportunity. I just got done with my first year of chemical engineering at BYU, and I can't wait to continue my studies when I return. I really enjoy being at BYU. The campus is beautiful, and there are so many opportunities to strengthen your faith. I also had some fun playing intramural soccer and climbing some mountains!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church, and for a long time I was just there because that was where I was supposed to be according to my parents. After a while you have to wake up and decide for yourself if this church is going to be your thing. I have heavily considered what I should do with my life, and I decided for myself that I would be a part of this church because I have felt the spirit testify to me that it's true. I have felt the truth of it confirmed to me by the holy spirit. I continue to know that the church is true because of the peace it brings into my life. There are many guidelines we must follow as members, but I continue to have a testimony that they are for our benefit. We won't always have a perfect knowledge of everything, but we can know that the church is true and allow it to change our lives and bring us closer to Christ.

How I live my faith

Growing up in the church, it was always clear to me that you get out of it what you put into it. I have been involved in church callings and church service throughout my time in high school, and I continue to be involved in it now. I would say my method to living my faith starts with trying to be close enough to the spirit that I can be a tool to the Lord, and then trying to carry out what he would have me do. That leads everyone in the direction they need to go. Everyone has a different part to play in the grand scheme of the church, and finding it is an exciting journey.