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Joseph: martial arts, choir, theatre, Mormon.

Hi I'm Joseph

About Me

I started martial arts when I was 8 yrs old. My martial arts backround has probably been the biggest contributing factor to who I am, besides my religion. My mom was an inactive member and my dad was not a member. We started having the missionaries over when I was ten. My greatest love is music. I can't really play any instruments but I love to sing. I love to act and be on stage.

Why I am a Mormon

My conversion story is a long process that I will probably always be going through. When I was ten, I remember the missionaries coming over with a member of the ward that we lived in. As I came to know them, I enjoyed hearing them. When they asked me to be baptized and taught me it's purpose I really wanted to. After that, I kept faithful because I knew I was supposed to. As my faith has grown through trials, I have to come to know more surely and gained a desire to go on a mission. I am a member because I believe that the Gospel of Jesus Christ was restored in full to the Prophet Joseph Smith. I believe with all my heart that this is His church on the earth today and that I will be continually blessed for obeying it's teachings.

Personal Stories

Why do Mormons go on missions?

I am currently on a mission and can tell you that I am on a mission because I want to share the blessings that the gospel has given me in my life with other people. I believe that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the true church on the earth today and that through the ordinances of the gospel others may come closer to Christ and salvation.

Could you talk about your baptism?

I was baptized when I was ten yrs. old. It was a wonderfully spiritual day. It has been a long time since then so I don't remember all the details but I do remember the feeling I had. When I went under the water I felt like I had died and then I came back up out of the water and had been made new. I know in my heart that baptism is one of the key ordinances that God wants us to do to show our faith and to show our repentance. When we are baptized worthily with proper authority we are made clean and begin a new life.

Why do Mormons do family history or genealogy work?

One of the biggest reasons we do family history work is because we believe families can be together forever, thus, our families history is very important to us. Another important reason we do familiy history work is because we believe that after people have died that they have the opportunity to recieve saving ordinances such as baptism through those that are living acting as proxies. When a member is over twelve years of age they can recieve a recommend, if they are worhty, to go to the temple. Most of the work done in temples is for those who have passed on before and usually are found through family history work.

How has your knowledge of the Plan of Happiness changed/benefited your life?

The Plan of Happiness, also known as the Plan of Salvation, has helped me to have an eternal perspective. There is more than just this life. The trials and tribulations, the happiness and joy, the sin and death, the love and laughter that we see, feel, and go through everyday has a grand purpose of helpings us become better and more like Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father. It gives me a goal to work towards and helps me understand my divine origin and my divine potential. It gives me strength when times are hard and teaches me where the source of all my happiness is. Being on a mission, you get to see the great, the good, the bad, and the worst of people. This life is not easy and without knowing its purpose it would seem not worth it. But there is a great eternal plan which God, who loves us so much, has prepared for us before the world was.

How has the Book of Mormon brought you closer to God?

By reading the Book of Mormon I have grown a greater understanding of Jesus Christ and the great sacrifice that he made for us. It has helped me understand my purpose in life and the plan that Heavenly Father, or God, has for me and all of His children. It has given me strength when I was weak and brought happiness into my life when I was sad. In all cases it has influenced me to do good and always be improving. All these things I have as evidence that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and that is why I can say with all my heart that I know it to be true.

Think about your everyday activities. What are things you act upon each day where you cannot see the end results? How does faith move you to action?

One thing I do everyday, multiple times a day is pray. When I pray I don't know what God's plan for me at that time is and if my prayer will be answered in the way that I want/expect. Right now in my life I am on a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints which means that I have set aside two full years to serve, teach, preach, and work. All I do everyday of my life is act upon my faith through teaching the Gospel to those who do not have it and by giving service and working hard not knowing if I will succeed or fail.

Can you talk about the missions of the Church and your participation in them?

Missions are 18 month to 2 year long periods of time in which worthy members offer unpaid service to help grow the kingdom of God in whatever place and capacity they are called to do so. Most of the time missions are served by males 19-26 yrs. old but can also be served by women 21-26 and senior couples. I am currently serving a mission in the Mississippi Jackson Mission. Every morning I wake up study the scriptures and then go out and teach people and help people increase their faith in Christ. I am here because I have found out for myself that this church is God's true Church on the earth and is lead by a prophet.

Which of the Savior’s teachings have influenced you in your life?

One of the most influential teachings of the Savior in my life has been that of His own suffering and the affects of that on my life. The Lord and God of heaven and earth, Creator, and Almighty came down among men as a mortal man. He suffered everything we suffer; temptations, pain, hunger, thirst, fatigue, and even death. He suffered it all, perfectly, without mistake or wrong-doing. His death on the cross and His resurrection on the 3rd day has changed my life forever. Knowing that not only the price but MY price has been paid in full, affects every decision and moment of my life. I am not perfect and will probably not reach perfection in this life but I know that by His grace and mercy, I can be saved, I can be perfected, I can be cleansed from my many sins. I have promised and devoted my life to trying to give back to him what great gift he has given me, my life.

How I live my faith

At this time in my life, I am serving a full time mission. This means that for two years, my only job is to bring others to Christ and His restored Gospel. This mission is a calling that brings many blessings into my life and the life of my family. It has it's hard days but that is life. As we face our trials with courage and faith, we are able to overcome them. By overcoming our challenges, we become stronger and closer to God.