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Hi I'm Josh

I love cars, music, computers, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a family that loves to think. My parents both have science degrees and dinner time conversations were always an adventure. I learned to treat everything as an experiment and to work with my hands. I grew up for chemistry, but then I discovered cars, and it changed everything. I am studying mechanical engineering to become an automotive engineer. My dream is to have an eternal family and build very fast cars.

Why I am a Mormon

My faith is still growing, but I have seen that every time I open the scriptures life starts falling into place. I love the ability and oportunity to speak with my Heavely Father about the most most important or most trivial topics. He really is a father to me, and I love him. Unfortunately, prayer and scripture study were not always as central to my life as they are now. Like many young people I went through a period where I didn't feel a need to participate in church. I always enjoyed the social side, but I wasn't applying myself to the spiritual side. One night as I was in my apartment studying for a college midterm, I asked myself if I really believed that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. As I thought, his own testimony came to me: "And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives! For we saw him, even on the right hand of God; and we heard the voice bearing record that he is the Only Begotten of the Father—That by him, and through him, and of him, the worlds are and were created, and the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and daughters unto God." (D&C 76:22-24) When I read this, I knew that he had seen what he said he saw, that he was a prophet of God, and that I was a member of the Jesus Christ's church on the earth today. I am preparing for the day when I can speak with my Savior face to face, and I hope he will tell me that he is proud of who I have become.

How I live my faith

I spend as much time as I can teaching and learning about the gospel. I love to talk to others, and share the happiness I feel with them. I see miracles in my life every day through the gospel, and these miracles make me want to share with others. Right now I help teach people who want to learn more about the church or who are members of the church and experiencing trials of their faith.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Josh
Temples are the holiest place on earth. Because they are so sacred, you need to be spiritually clean to enter. In the temples we are taught more about the plan God has for us, our divine nature as children of our Heavenly Father, and the way back to Him. We do not exclude people from the temple because it is a secret. The sacred teaching in the temple can only be fully understood when we are obedient to the commandments of God. Anyone who is prepared spiritually and lives the commandments may enter the temple. My entire life I looked forward to my chance to enter the temple, and now I love the opportunity to attend the temple to feel the holiness there and to give others the opportunity to experience the same happiness I feel there. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Josh
Mormon missionaries volunteer for 18-24 to go and share the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. They aren't paid for their services. In fact, if they are financially able, they pay the costs themselves. I spent several summers mowing lawns and weeding gardens so that I was able to serve a mission when the time came. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Josh
Missionaries don't have a prepared script or sermon to give to you. If you only have 10 minutes, just let them know, and they will cover the basics and set up an appointment when you have more time. They will most likely spend the first minutes asking you about your family and your faith. The message they have is meant for everybody, but the application is unique for every individual. They want to know what you love, what you want, and what you believe so that they can find the best way to help you. Each visit will be individually tailored to you. Then, they will talk about Jesus Christ, his sacrifice, and the love he has to guide us in our lives. They will read some scriptures and talk about how they know that their message is true. Don't just take their word on it. There is proof that these things are true. While you discuss life and the scriptures, pay attention to your thoughts and feelings. After they leave, take some time to think and pray about the things you talked about. God will tell you that they are true, and there is no greater proof than His. Show more Show less