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Hi I'm Joe

I was born and raised in the Phoenix, AZ area. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a father to four beautiful redheads and a husband to the most beautiful redhead. I enjoy art, including the written word and music. I also enjoy being in the outdoors fishing, hunting, or just hiking and exploring. I've lived in Arizona for nearly all my life, and I like it's diversity. I speak fluent Spanish since my years as a missionary in Argentina about ten years ago.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church. My parents taught my eleven siblings and I to ask questions, to ponder, and to look for confirmation from the Holy Ghost. I am a Mormon because I know that Jesus is the Savior of the world and that the Mormon Church is the true church on the Earth.

How I live my faith

Although far from perfect, I live my faith by striving to incorporate the truth into my life. I work at learning more, always seeking new light from God, and then following up with trying to be better.

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Joe
Baptism is a sacred ordinance that we consider to be the beginning of a new life as a disciple of Christ. We are baptized by immersion, meaning our whole bodies are submerged in the water before coming out of the water. This symbolizes the death of our old selves, and our rebirth as followers of the Savior. This is the way Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. The best way to describe how we regard baptism is that we consider it the beginning! Baptism is only valid if both parts are performed the baptism by water and the baptism by fire or by the Holy Ghost. Once immersion is performed, those with the correct authority who hold the Priesthood, put their hands on the head of the new member and confirm them a member and given them the gift of the Holy Ghost. This is the baptism of fire that the Holy Ghost is now a constant companion to the new member. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Joe
Some have asked why we don't honor our new members' previous baptisms. We believe that the Lord, Jesus Christ, restored His authority and power, called the Priesthood, through the Prophet Joseph Smith. Any church can baptize you, but will the baptism be honored after you die? When performed by the authority of the Priesthood of Christ, a baptism is honored in this life and in the next. This is what is meant when the Lord told Peter "...whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven" Matthew 16. We call this sealing power. So, new members are baptized by the only authority on the Earth whose power lasts beyond the grave. Also from the teachings of the Savior, there are two baptisms one of water and one of fire. An individual must be baptized by both, as the Lord told Nicodemus. The only authority that can baptize with fire and with the Holy Ghost is the Priesthood of God. The Priesthood cannot be bought, cannot be claimed without having been given it by someone who has it, and it is given as Moses gave it to Aaron by the one who has it putting their hands on the head of the recipient and giving it. Show more Show less