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Hi I'm Josh

I was born and raised in Colorado. I enjoy playing, listening to, and experiencing music, and I love learning. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I started taking piano lessons when I was five. I took them for ten years until school got to be too busy for me to continue playing both piano and trumpet, which I took up shortly before 6th grade. I played in band during school (marching band, jazz band, and concert band), and I decided that music is what I want to do for the rest of my life. Following my 2 year church mission, I will be attending college to pursue a major in Trumpet Performance. Music has been a huge part of my life. I sang in choir for two years in high school, and I do a lot of church choirs and I sing with my family. I also really enjoy reading. As a child, I read a ton. In 8th grade I read about 20 books. I have a difficult time choosing even a favorite book series because I've read so many good books, but fantasy is definitely my favorite genre. I also have spent a lot of time playing video games. I started out on the Nintendo 64 and I've played games my entire life. I also really enjoy watching sports and playing them for fun. One thing that I prided myself on while I was going through grade school was my grades. I always performed well in my classes and on tests, and I felt being smart to be a big part of my personality. As I learn more and grow up, I feel less and less smart, but I still enjoy learning. History is my favorite subject outside of music, and I also enjoy doing math. One last thing, that was one of my favorite parts about high school, is Knowledge Bowl. I enjoy academic trivia a lot.

Why I am a Mormon

I originally was a Mormon because my parents are Mormon. I was born into the church, so we would go every Sunday to church and participate in choir, and we pray together every day and try to read scriptures together every once in a while. As children, my siblings and I would read a verse at a time out of the scriptures. I got baptized when I was 8 like a good boy, and honestly I had no reason to doubt that what I was doing was correct. Over the years, I've just had my testimony slowly grow. Shortly after I was baptized, I taught a lesson about Joseph Smith during an evening with my family, and I had a strong feeling of warmth and peace that I knew was the Holy Spirit testifying to me as I had been taught it would. I also have seen in my life that when I am not following the commandments, or when I'm not reading my scriptures regularly, or when I don't go to church, I don't feel good. I don't feel as though my life is as fulfilling or successful or happy when I don't do those things. I also feel myself growing closer to God, and I can see my desires being changed to be more in line with what He wishes of me, and that is a feeling that I really enjoy. I also have experienced the healing power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. I have had the opportunity to repent of my sins, and I know the feeling of peace and joy that comes from being forgiven of mistakes. I know that Jesus is our Savior and Redeemer. This was shown to me through the power of music, which is one of my favorite things in the world. In church one Sunday, we sang a hymn called I Know That My Redeemer Lives, and I could hardly sing because tears were streaming down my face. I *knew* in that moment that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, and that through him everyone can return to live with God in Heaven. Sometimes, all of these things are hard to remember and feel so strongly, but through the course of my life I see little signs that tell me that this church is the correct place for me to be.

How I live my faith

I grew up in the church. I go to church every Sunday for 3 hours, and I often have ward choir practice for another hour prior to or following the church meetings. I hometeach three families with my dad, meaning that we try once a month to visit them in their home, share a spiritual message, and catch up with them. We try to learn about their lives and the things that they're involved in and enjoy doing. We see if we can do anything to help them, and we report back to the bishop, who is the man in charge of overseeing the well being of our ward congregation, so that he knows that our families are either doing well or need help. I currently am preparing to serve a full-time LDS Mission. For two years, I will be serving, teaching, and loving the people of Colombia. My main focuses currently are reading the Book of Mormon and growing my testimony, and I hopefully will be able to help people to find the answers that they are seeking about life and family and why things are the way that they are.