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Hi I'm Joe

Ask me what it means to be a Mormon!

About Me

I have three wonderful kids that occupy almost all of my time, but when I do have a moment I enjoy reading, playing the guitar and bamboo flute, and vintage computing. I'd love to be an author some day, but for now I make my way as a programmer, and small business consultant. My faith rounds out my life, and gives meaning to every new day; ask me about it sometime via my blog linked at the top of this page!

Why I am a Mormon

The thing I love best about the Mormon church is that I am always encouraged to ask my Father in Heaven, for everything. If I have questions, no one expects me to take their word for it- they always encourage me to ask God, through prayer, as we are instructed in the scriptures. When I do, I find a peace and a guidance that helps me to know what is right. We can have answers to our prayers, and that is one thing about the Mormon church that keeps my faith strong.

How I live my faith

Currently I am serving as a secretary in a men's group at our local church building. It has been wonderful to get to know the young fathers in our church, and serve them in whatever way I can by organizing activities and helping managing the Sunday activities. For me, living my faith means waking up in the morning with joy in my heart for the blessing of a new day that the Lord has given me. It means going about my business with happiness, and faith that everything will work out for the best. As I read and learn more about what the Lord has in store for His children on the earth, I have a renewed faith that He really does want us to be happy while we are here.

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Joe
Becoming a member of my church is really a matter of accepting Jesus Christ through baptism. The missionaries, who serve around the globe, can help people learn about the Gospel, and understand what it means to be baptized. They can answer any questions a person might have, and will encourage people to pray for a personal conviction of what is good, right and true. An easy way to get a hold of the missionaries to learn more is to go to Mormon.org. There are links there to chat with the missionaries live, and you can easily setup a visit to your home. You can also find out how to visit a Mormon church on a Sunday, to see what church meetings are like. Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Joe
Husbands and wives should work together as a team, as equals, in bringing families into the world and raising them up in the right path. My wife and I find parenting to be challenging at times, but our faith gives us perspective, as well as the desire to do the hard work that parenting involves. We both see our primary responsibilities in family life as sometimes different, but always equal. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Joe
God's purpose for man on earth is to give us an opportunity to learn and grow, so that we can be prepared to live with Him again. Eternal life is to live with God again, through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, who made it possible for us all to repent, be baptized, and live again. Everyone will live again through Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Joe
People often notice that Mormons put a lot of emphasis on the family. Everything we do is focused on making the family stronger. If you take a moment and think about it, people can really get a lot from their families. We can get love, acceptance, education, sociality, and a chance to have a group of people who are there for us no matter what. Sadly, the world today has lost track in so many ways when it comes to families. Divorce is rampant, even where the parents could have worked things out. Children suffer, and are often raised in homes with more stress and hardship than is really necessary. Because of the breakdown of the family unit, it is becoming harder for many kids to face the challenges of life. The family is the basic unit of the Gospel, of society, and of our life here on earth. Even beyond that, we believe that the family unit can continue even after this life, and that we are all part of an eternal family. The family is important to Mormons because we believe that we are not only "in it for ourselves" here on earth, but we have an obligation to help others, our brothers and sisters, so we can all enjoy the blessings of our "eternal family" in this life and in the life to come. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Joe
We believe that prophets are, and always have been, chosen by inspiration, and thus by our Heavenly Father Himself. When God chose Moses, he did it through direct revelation Moses was called. When he chose Samuel, it was also through direct revelation. In the Mormon faith, we also believe that every person has the individual right to know for him or herself that the Prophet is in fact chosen by God and inspired. We are encouraged to pray, and ask God. We are then asked to sustain and support the Prophet, so that all things in the church may be done by common consent. I have a personal testimony of the early biblical prophets, as well as the prophets of our modern times. I know they are called and chosen of God, to lead and give direction and inspiration for our lives today. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Joe
Jesus Christ gave us the perfect example in all things, and one of the things that He did while on the earth was to go to John the Baptist. Even though he didn't have any sins to wash away, he was baptized by John. His example shows us that baptism is essential for salvation, and that each of us needs baptism. It is notable that Jesus Christ went to John the Baptist; He didn't do it Himself, nor did he go to anyone else! John had the proper authority to baptize. The same authority exists today in the Mormon church. Baptism by one who holds the proper authority from God is essential in following Christ's example. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Joe
Quite simply, we believe that families are intended to continue into the eternities. It is more than "til death do us part;" for Mormons, it is "families can be together forever." Because of this eternal perspective, the importance of the family is magnified. Our church encourages us to sit down and eat together as a family, and spend time together with family nights and other regular activities. These things bring families closer together, and help children and parents remember their faith and why they live the way they do. No matter what your faith, having a strong family relationship will bring you more joy, and make children and parents stronger and more able to deal with the ever changing world around them. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Joe
When people hear about "baptism for the dead" they are often confused as to what that means. Even though the concept is from the New Testament, and isn't really new, the idea is something that most people don't understand. We believe that baptism is an essential part of our sojourn here on earth. Christ himself commanded that all be baptized even as He was. Because all don't have that opportunity while on this earth (indeed, many die without ever even hearing of Jesus Christ or what He did for them) we believe that we that have been baptized may act as a "proxy," getting baptized on behalf of people who never got that chance. No graves are disturbed here folks, this is simply a living person getting baptized under the name of one who has passed. Another key principle of our faith is agency, or the power to choose. When these proxy baptisms take place, it can only be understood that the person who is deceased is not forced to accept the baptism. They have the choice to accept it or reject it, but the baptism ordinance has been completed for them, and the opportunity they may not have had in life is theirs. Show more Show less