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Hi I'm Josh

I grew up in Idaho and now work with data in Utah. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of 3 and a grandfather of 3. I have 2 boys and a girl. Through my 2 boys I have 2 granddaughters and one grandson. Thankfully, we all live in the same county and can get together each week for family dinner. It's noisy, but it's good to see everyone so often. I work in data warehousing. It's not a well-known field, but I love it. I gather all of the data for my company so they can see how the company is doing. I love music. My favorite is barbershop. I sing bass in a quartet that delivers singing Valentines each year. It's a lot of fun!

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 11 I had a very spiritual experience. It was summer. We lived on a farm and I liked going out to play in the barn each day. As I was headed from the house to the barn a strong feeling came over me that God lives. It stopped me in my tracks. As I thought about it the strength of the feeling left me, but I made up my mind that day that no matter what anyone says, even Mom and Dad, I knew there was a God. Four years later I felt like there was something missing in my life, and I felt like it was religion. I talked to my Mom about it and she suggested that for a summer project I find a religion. One hot day when I was washing the car 2 young men about 20 or so years old came by in suits and offered to teach me about their religion in my own home! I liked this because I don't like dressing up, even today. Anyway, their first visit was about Joseph Smith, a 14-year-old farm boy who saw God. I was very skeptical. I was 15. So, I thought, "Is this a scam? If I were 17 would the boy be 18?" At the end of the lesson one of the young men said that they didn't want me to believe what they had just taught. I thought, "Good, 'cause I don't." Then they said something that changed my life. They said, "We want you to find out if what we have taught is true just like Joseph Smith did, by asking God yourself." Of course I knew God existed from my previous experience. So, I prayed to know whether Joseph Smith really saw God or not. The first 2 times I didn't feel anything, but the 3rd time the same feeling I had when I was 11 came back. I knew Joseph Smith saw God. Since then I have prayed about other things and received the same feeling. I later learned that this is the Holy Spirit speaking to us. Through Him I have learned The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is God's true church, and that The Book of Mormon is His word, just like the Bible.

How I live my faith

I assist our local leaders. It is very rewarding. We visit each other and those with challenges in life. For example, with a teenage boy I often visit 2 older couples, a widow and a single mother and her children. As we help them cope with life we have learned from them about how to recover from hardship. Again, it is very rewarding. Our most holy places are our temples. I love to go there often to worship the Lord. I am always greatly uplifted and renewed. This helps me cope with the difficulties of life.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Josh
Mormon missionaries proselyte because of the special message from Jesus Christ they carry in their hears. After I came to know about Jesus and His gospel of peace, I wanted to share that with others so that they could feel the joy I feel. His gospel teaches us how to live well, spiritually, socially, physically, and even financially. He teaches us what is right and what is wrong. He teaches us how to get along with each other. He teaches us about the importance of our bodies and how to care for them. He teaches us how to honestly provide for ourselves and our family, and how to be generous. It is a wonderful way of life. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Josh
Oh yes. The actual name of our church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. "Mormon" is actually a nickname given to us by others because we believe in a book of scripture called The Book of Mormon. Mormon is an ancient prophet, like Malachi in the Old Testament. This book of scripture is named after him because he was it's principle contributor. Show more Show less

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

Josh
Our temples are our most sacred places of worship. Sacred things are much like secrets in that we do not share them casually. They are reserved for special times when people are ready to receive them. In our temples we experience sacred ordinances revealed from God. An ordinance is like baptism, a solemn act that shows God that we are entering into a covenant, or sacred agreement, with Him. Through accepting the ordinances in the temple we build upon our baptismal covenants with Him. We covenant to be more obedient and devoted to Him. One of those ordinances is eternal marriage, where we covenant with God and with our spouse to live God's laws together. If we do so we are promised that we can live eternally together with our family and God. It is the crowning ordinance in our religion. Show more Show less