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Hi I'm Joseph

I am a college student. I love people, music and the outdoors. I love missionary work! I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am now a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- Day Saints, serving in the Idaho Pocatello Mission. I was born in the Philippines. My birth parents are of different faiths; My dad was raised Catholic and my mom was raised Mormon. I was baptized as an infant in the Catholic church, but I was raised active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, where I chose to be baptized when I turned eight years old. My family moved to the United States when I was twelve. Since the move, my parents divorced, but mom later remarried to an active faithful priesthood holder. I love being active and doing all kinds of activities like hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, and kayaking. I can play the piano and the acoustic guitar. I also like to stay active with hobbies like boxing and other forms of martial arts. I like to enrich my life with interpersonal experiences. There's just so much that I learn and appreciate from my interactions with my family, friends, and people that I see, meet, and do things with everyday. Being on a mission, so far, has been a wonderful experience of learning and growth. There is no work more important than the work of the Lord and I am grateful for the privilege of being able to serve the children of God in any way that I can.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church, but eventually I had to find out for myself what is true. So I read the Book of Mormon and I truly poured my heart and mind in trying to understand it and also in seeking God's wisdom. I chose to believe the Book of Mormon and with that choice, I sought confirmation from Heavenly Father if the Book of Mormon is true. I feel so blessed to have a testimony of Book of Mormon, which continually strengthens my faith in Christ, along with the Bible. This testimony has been a guiding principle in my life that holds together everything that I know and everything that I hope for. I know exactly where I stand in this battle, and that is with God. I know exactly that I had chosen to follow in this path, because I love my Heavenly Father and my Savior, Jesus Christ. I love this church and as I come to understand more of the gospel and the teachings of Christ, the more it all makes sense to me! There are endless more things that I am yet to learn or even begin to understand. It is a slow, growing process of learning, experience and learning how to listen to the spirit, but it is wonderful! I invite everyone to develop a testimony of the Book of Mormon. Read it, ponder upon it and pray. It will give you hope and faith in Christ and you will come to know His true church. By coming to Christ, my testimony and my faith has grown and I cannot deny this truth. Just pray and ask God. I know that it will bless your life in ways you could never imagine.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith one day at a time. Like Christ said, "Line upon line, precept upon precept". I try my best to follow all of the standards and to keep all the commandments and covenants that I have made with Heavenly Father. I try to live my life so I can always be worthy to have the presence of the Holy Spirit with me. I am currently serving as a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- Day Saints in the Idaho Pocatello Mission. I work with other full-time missionaries, going out two- by- two to preach and proclaim the gospel of Christ, inviting others to come unto Christ, as representatives of the Savior. Though we are set apart for this specific calling, it is every member's calling to be missionaries in this world- to bear testimony of this truth to all. I love being a missionary and participating in this important work. I am very grateful to have received a testimony of Jesus Christ and His Atonement. I am grateful for my testimony of the Book of Mormon. I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the true Church that Christ established on Earth. This gospel has changed my life and I am blessed beyond measure. My faith and my ability to see Christ in my life only grows as I continue to exercise faith in Him by keeping His commandments and helping others. I love doing missionary work and being able to proclaim to the world my testimony of this gospel and helping them come to Christ.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

1. Read the Book of Mormon. It is the evidence that the Lord has provided for us to know that this church is true. Read the Book of Mormon, not with the intent to doubt, or to criticize, but with the heart and mind to receive a testimony from God that it is true. 2. Live what you learn from the Book of Mormon and the teachings of the church through our modern-day prophets. TEST IT OUT! In the New Testament, it says, If any man shall do his will, he shall know the doctrine whether it be God... So try living the teachings and the doctrines taught in the church and you will know if it is right. It called, "experiment". 3. Ask God, the Eternal Father, whether these things are not true. The only sure source of knowledge is our Heavenly Father himself. He is in the very details of our lives. He has given us the gift of prayer as a way of communicating with him, whether it be a prayer out loud or in our hearts. Heavenly Father listens! He will answer you through the fruits of his Holy Spirit (Galatians 5). Show more Show less