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Hi I'm Josh

I'm a law student. I'm a future public servant. I'm a musician. I'm the husband of an immigrant. I'm a father, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently studying law and public administration at BYU. I married a beautiful, intelligent and vivacious Argentine woman, and we have two fantastic and bright children. We only speak to them in Spanish, so they are bilingual. They pick up English from my family and from friends and neighbors. They are my life and I am so grateful to have them. It is important to us that our children have that connection with my wife's family. Although I am a proud American citizen, I often have the feeling that I am also Latino, even if only by marriage. I truly believe that this additional aspect of my identity augments who I am and makes my life richer and more interesting. Likewise, my belief in God and my testimony of the Savior, Jesus Christ add an important dimension to my personality. It informs everything about me: how I treat my children, how I use my time, what I strive for in my life. My wife and I love to travel. We love to go see new places and experience new things. We also love to take our children so that they can gain a wider perspective on the world which God has given us. My 4 year-old daughter has been on 4 international trips. She is a natural. Our 2 year-old son... still needs some work. Just as my wife and I feel like we are from multiple places, I hope my children can feel that connection to all of God's children and not just those that live within the boundaries drawn by governments and nations. I hope that we can raise our citizens to be global citizens.

Why I am a Mormon

While I was born to Mormon parents, I have a deep religious conviction. While some could question, what are the chances that there is Truth, and that there is a God, and He does have a church, and you just happen to be born into that true church? While I may have inherited this gospel from my parents, it doesn't make it any less real to me. The gospel still gives me the peace, freedom, and direction that I have yet to find in any other place. If Truth exists, then it is for everyone. Everyone who lived, lives, or will live. As Mormons, we believe that if we really have the Truth, then there is no other logical course of action, but to share it with everyone.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in my family, in my congregation, and in everything I do. The kindness and patience that I try to show to my children come from Christ example in the scriptures. The lessons that I teach in my Sunday school class and to the members that I visit come from Christ's words in the scriptures and the guidance of the Holy Ghost. In work, school, and play, I try to live in such a way that everyone can identify me as a Mormon without me having to tell them. You cannot get to know me without finding out about my faith as well. That said, you should get to know me!

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Josh
Mormons perform baptism for the dead because Christ died for everyone. There are a huge number of people that have never heard of Jesus Christ or had the opportunity to hear the gospel that he taught, and follow his commandment to be baptized. When we perform these baptisms, we give these people the chance to accept the baptism that will allow them to follow the example of Jesus Christ and accept Him as their Savior. I often hear in the news that we are converting these people which is somewhat of a misconception. The act of performing a baptism for a deceased person doesn't mean that they have been converted. The soul is eternal and those people that die without the gospel must choose to accept that a posthumous baptism in order for it to be valid. After a person dies, they continue to exist and will have the opportunity to learn about Christ. Although they may accept this message, they cannot be baptized without a physical body. When we are baptized for the deceased, we perform a service for them that they cannot perform for themselves. We don't know if those people actually accept the gospel or not. But it is important that they have the opportunity to accept the gospel. Show more Show less