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Hi I'm Joshua

I grew up in the Austin Texas area. I love serving others. I'm a full-time missionary. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 23 years old and living the life. Currently I am serving a full-time mission. Before my mission though I was going to school, pursuing a degree in Math Education with a minor in Physical Education. My dream/goal is to one day become a teacher and a coach of some sort. I have been involved in many forms of athletics growing up, but I would really love to coach Football and Basketball. While going to school I participated in lots of different activities, from sports to service. I love being able to help people that may may not be able to do things for themselves, I find great joy in providing some sort of encouragement to others. I have had a few jobs in my life, most of them to do with some sort of retail. I've learned so much about interacting with people and how to really listen to their needs. Like I said, my goal in life is to become a teacher and a coach. I get a sense of excitement when I think about helping bring up young kids and help them find a path that will make them happy in life. I know that I had so much support from my teachers and coaches when I was in high-school, and they all made a huge impact on the person that I am today, I want to have that same impact on young people and always be there for them whenever they need support and strength. Many people can impact how young kids turn out, and I want to make sure that I can be a positive influence on as many of them as possible.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in being a Mormon, but I think when I was young I did not understand what it really meant to be a Mormon. I went to church, was involved in the activities, and participated in the programs that were available to me, but I do not think I ever truly had an understanding of this Church. When I graduated from High-School, I stopped going to Church, I started living my own life and trying to support myself. Now I'm not saying I did anything wrong or bad, but I can honestly say that my life felt very different. I felt empty inside, some of the things that I had learned growing up in this Church were things that I was no longer making an emphasis in my life, and I felt alone because of it. For three years I kept trying to find ways to be happy, I still did many of the same things as before, I worked, I played sports whenever I had the chance, and I helped other people whenever I could, but I did not feel the same. One day, a friend of mine who I had not seen in some time invited me to go to Church with him, I accepted the invitation. That one invitation, from that one friend, has changed my life for the better. I went to a Church meeting with him, and there was something that I felt there that I had never felt before in all my life going to Church. I felt a warmth and peace come over me, and instantly I knew that this is what I was missing in my life. Something that I thought to be so insignificant, was actually the one thing that I could not live without. I had learned what it felt like to go through life without feeling the presense of my Savior, and as soon as I accepted the invitation to return to Church, I got that back. Being a Mormon is more than just not doing things like drinking, smoking, or having sex before marriage; it provides me with a guidance and direction that I did not know that I could have. I receive so many blessings every day from my Heavenly Father, and I am so glad that He is always there for me.

How I live my faith

At this point I live my faith every day by serving as a Missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I go out every single day trying to provide people with a message that this Church can make them happy, that they can receive the same happiness that I have received from my Heavenly Father. I will be serving on this mission for two years, and I cannot think of anything I would rather be doing than helping people become closer to Jesus Christ. I know that this Gospel can bless everyone in the same way it has blessed me.