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Hi I'm Josh

I'm a husband, father, Marine, political hack, playground pro, law student, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in California where my mom found me a career as a child actor! My family moved several times and ultimately I graduated from High School in Kansas. I served as a missionary in Boston Massachusetts--as for "converts" Boston gained at least one: I came home a Red Sox fan! I served in the United States Marines for 8 years where I was deployed to Fallujah Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Witnessing first hand the troubles facing the people of Iraq made me feel incredibly blessed to live in a land with such prosperity and freedom. I studied Political Science in college which led me to get involved in campaigns and elections. I work for the United States Congress by day and attend Law School by night. I married my college sweetheart on the 6th anniversary of our first date and am the father of two beautiful children. I feel humbled to have enjoyed such a blessed life and have learned much from each life experience. I enjoy spending time with my family; usually at the playground! I play Tennis with my wife when we have time and will water ski no matter the water temperature!

Why I am a Mormon

While my parents raised me as a Mormon, I choose to remain a Mormon because as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints I have been blessed with a fullness of God's spirit through the spiritual power that comes from the restored Priesthood authority of God. As a Christian, I learn more about Christ through the additional testament provided by the testimony of ancient prophets in the Americas as recorded in the Book of Mormon; along with the Bible, these provide a strong witness of the centrality of Christ to salvation and the nature of his forgiveness and atonement.

How I live my faith

I try to follow the teachings and example of Jesus Christ in loving my fellow man. Whether it is my interactions with my wife and children, the way I treat others in my daily life, or even the way I conduct myself on the battlefield, I strive to have empathy and I seek to see others as Christ sees them: as children of God. I am not perfect; it is a daily struggle. I find peace in knowing that God is there to help and is always willing to forgive. In my congregation, I have been given the assignment of "clerk." I keep records up to date for the congregation and assist in the financial accounting for our congregation. Not many people are privy to the generosity of fellow church members in the contribution of tithes and offerings like a clerk is; I am humbled each week to see the faith of my fellow saints in sharing their means to help the work of God and bless the lives of others. I aspire to be more like the examples I see each week.

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Josh
I am a self confessing political hack! Despite my own partisan leaning, I know better than most that the mission of my church is not the mission of a partisan political party. However, personal faith and religious organizations can inform the values of each citizen and ought to help guide one to developing an informed opinion on government policy. Individuals and churches have the right to freedom of association and the right to speak out on matters important to their values especially when they become political questions. However, our Church remains strictly neutral as far as partisan political affiliation is concerned. I know great members of my church from every political party and I enjoy the diverse political opinions of my fellow saints with whom I share values and spiritual conviction. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is in the business of saving souls by preaching the gospel of Christ the Redeemer not electing candidates for office in the halls of earthly government. Saints should feel strongly about participating in both but should not let the partisan issues of the day overshadow the daily issues of eternal significance. Show more Show less