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Hi I'm Joe 

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Well, it will have been ten years come this November that I left for my mission in Brazil. Upon my return I met my wife at BYU-Idaho, we got married in the Oakland Temple, and have three lovely children. I work for an aerospace company designing rocket components and missile defense systems. I really like sports, but lately work has taken up too much of my time to do anything active.

Why I am a Mormon

Although it is easier to say than, "the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints", I don't like the use "Mormon" to descrbe my faith or which denomination I belong to. Why am I a member? Well, I'll tell you why I'm NOT a member. I am not a member because of it's people, because we profess to have the complete gospel, because of the standards we are to live by, or because the church and it's members seem prosperous. I live the gospel with every fiber of my body, because we have a living prophet today. He loves us, and receives revelation for all of us to follow. I am a member because Christ lives! I am a member because through my obedience to the gospel, I will be with my family for all time and all eternity. Nothing will ever take that away save as a result of my own transgretion/rebellion. I continue to be a member because the Holy Spirit has testified of this work that it is true.

How I live my faith

At church I am called to the activities comity and I am responsible to encourage attendance to the temple.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Joe 
Mormons don't worship Joseph Smith anymore than they do John the Baptist. We regard Joseph Smith as a prophet who brought about the restoration of the gospel. We reverence his name because of the things he did and for the person he was. We all know he was just a man who was doing what God commanded him to do. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Joe 
The best way to describe this is to first think of how award ceremonies you see on the television. Sometimes contestants who win an award aren't present and need someone else to go up and accept the award in their place. Baptisms for the dead follow similar protocol. When someone dies their body and spirit separate. The body stays here on earth to decay, while their spirit goes to the spirit world. Because that individual is still only a spirit he/she cannot be physically baptised. In the temple someone can receive baptism as proxy, or in the place of that individual. When that happens, the person in the spirit world can accept or decline the performed baptism. We believe that everyone who was ever born on this earth, since Adam and Eve, must have the opportunity to accept, or decline, the Atonement of Jesus Christ. We do not believe it is fair to say someone will go to hell because they never heard of Jesus in this life. Jesus was fair to everone he met on earth, and I believe His fairness applies to those who never had a chance to learn of him. Doing baptisms for the dead provides the deceased an opportunity to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior. Giving the opportunity of salvation to everyone regardless of where and when they were born falls in line with the love that Christ has for all of us and how much he wants to return back to Heaven. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Joe 
The reason why plural marriage was practice among the early saints of the church was because God instructed us to. We no longer practice plural marriege. One can look back and say this and that about how plural marriage benefited those people, or how wrong it was, but regardless how unpopular a commandment may seem we must follow it to receive the blessings He has for us. We must remember that the word of God is law. We can't pick and choose which commandments we want to follow. I don't think the early members of the church knew that polygamy would be a good way to populate the settlements in the Rocky Mountains, or that many men would die on the trek west. We don't always understand the commandments of God until after the trial of obedience is made. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Joe 
In my opinion, pornography is spreading more among teenagers and even little children. They don't quite understand that porography is harmfull, but think it is awesome. Parents must teach their children to avoid it and by word and example. They must teach their children at an early age what pornography is and to stay away from it. Pornography can be desguised in media and we must make sure that stuff doesn't enter the home. Perhaps if we make the home a place of safety, our children will recognize what is good and bad. Maybe they will remember being taught of the dangers of Pornography and stay away from it. Show more Show less

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

Joe 
To become a TRUE member and not one that simply professes to be one. You must know your Heavenly Father. Everyone who reads the Book of Mormon is challenged by it's last author to pray about it's validity in the name of Christ. Everything else falls into place from there. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Joe 
I'm not quite sure why we are still called a cult. I think it mostly has to do with the fact that we follow a prophet. When the church first started, it might have seemed like a cult due to small numbers, but those numbers weren't any smaller than a regular congregation of followers at the time. I believe the term was given to keep people from investigating and joining the church. A typical cult is lead by a single leader who manipulates people to follow him. In the church, everyone is asked to pray to God to know whether or not they should join. This gives everyone the choice to join or to not join. No one is forced to do anything against their own will in the church. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Joe 
The family unit is the backbone of society. Strong families turn into strong communities, and strong nations. A nation that encourages healthy families will always be a successful one. A few lessons like giving service to others, sharing, and patience are just a few of the valuable lessons learned in family life. Unlike material possessions, families can be together forever. We have temples that perform eternal marriages. Show more Show less