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Hi I'm Josh

I'm a husband and a father. I'm a dental student. I'm an Officer in the Air Force. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My greatest joys in life are my wife and children. To me, nothing compares to a fun and loving family! After I graduated college with a degree in neuroscience, I was commissioned in the United States Air Force. I wanted to serve my country in a meaningful way because of the moral and religious freedoms that it protects. I will eventually be a dentist in the Air Force. Some people think I'm crazy for raising a family as a dental student, but I can't imagine it any other way. My family is what grounds me and helps me stay focused. When I'm not with them and not studying, I spend much of my time serving in my church, playing basketball, hiking, watching movies, and reading.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the LDS Church. I did the things that all Mormon boys are expected to do: attend church meetings and classes, participate in Scouting, keep my self morally and physically clean, and things of that nature. However, when I was 16-years-old I realized that I only went to church because that's what my parents always had me do. I needed to find out for myself whether or not Mormonism was true. I knew where to begin: The Book of Mormon. I began to read it and to live what it taught. I didn't realize it immediately, but my life began to change. As I read, I thirsted for more. I prayed to know that what I was reading was true. By the time I was done, a Sunday School teacher said to me, "Josh, what's happened to you? You're not the same person that you were a few months ago." He had seen a change in me that occurred too gradually for me to notice. I had just been going through the motions before, but now I knew that the Book of Mormon was the word of God. With that, I knew Joseph Smith was a prophet; that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was actually organized and lead by God; and most importantly, that Jesus Christ was my Lord and Savior. I made some important decisions after that. I decided I was going to serve a mission to share what I now knew. I decided that I was going to marry a girl, who felt the same as I did about the gospel, in one of the temples of God so we could be sealed together for eternity. I decided that I was going to serve the Lord for the rest of my life. Those were the most important decisions I ever made. I did serve a mission. I did marry a beautiful woman in the Lord's Temple by an authorized servant of God. I have been trying to serve the Lord ever since. Although I have many shortcomings, I know that God is patient, that He loves me, and that He is with me every step of the way. Jesus Christ loves you and me enough to suffer and die for us, and He wants us become like Him and to return to Him.

How I live my faith

I live my faith a little every day. I've learned it's the small things that make the biggest difference. I gain spiritual strength by praying multiple times a day, both personally and with my wife. As I speak with the Lord, I feel the Holy Ghost bring confort to my soul in times of grief and direction in times of decision. I also receive spiritual strength by studying the word of God each day: the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and other scriptures written by prophets of God. Each week we reserve a night to be home together as a family, and my wife and I go on a date every weekend to strength our relationship. I try to be a friend to everyone, to smile, to give, to forgive, to secretly serve, and to be an example of a disciple of Jesus Christ. Aside from my daily spiritual efforts, I also participate in more organized worship and service. Each Sunday I attend church and renew promises that I made with the Lord when I was baptized. We do this by eating bread and drinking water in remembrance of Jesus' body and blood. I enjoy worshipping with other Latter-day Saints and find strength in their testimonies of the Savior. My wife and I worship and serve at the nearest temple each month where we escape the worries of the world and focus solely on the Lord. I also get to work with the teenage young men in my congregation. We have spiritual lessons together on Sundays, and during the week we participate in Boy Scouts and other activities to aid their physical, mental, and social growth. They learn from me and I from them as we try to become like Jesus Christ.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Josh
One of the most fundamental and basic truths we must all understand is that you and I are children of God. That is not a figurative statement. I am a child of God. In the most real sense, He is my Father and I am His son; we are family. That is one reason why family is so important to Mormons. As our Heavenly Father's children, we are all one big family of brothers and sisters. There is also another reason families are so important. Heavenly Father wants us to become like He is. That's why we're here on Earth: to learn to love and to be patient and to control ourselves when tempted to be angry. Along with developing our behaviors and attitudes, we also have families. For me, I have felt the most Christlike when I submit what I want to what my wife wants. I have understood Heavenly Father more as I have begun to raise a son of my own. These family relationships teach us much about our own divine potential! While these two reason are critical in understanding why families are so important, they only hint at what God really intended the family unit to become. Jesus Christ overcame death and sin so we could be forgiven and live again after we die. However, we are not meant to live alone. Jesus Christ has given certain men the authority to seal a husband and wife together in His Holy Temples, so they are joined together forever. Children are also sealed to their parents. Heavenly Father wants all of His children sealed together so we can live with Him and our families forever. Show more Show less