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Hi I'm Josephine

I am a Convert, I love doing Photography and Culinary Arts, I am studying to be a Teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Josephine but I go by Joy. I am Sicilian, Native American, and Irish. I love doing photography, cosmetology, and cooking. I am currently working on getting a College degree in Elementary Education.

Why I am a Mormon

"Now, we will compare the word unto a seed. Now, if ye give place, that a seed may be planted in your heart, behold, if it be a true seed, or a good seed, if ye do not cast it out by your unbelief, that ye will resist the Spirit of the Lord, behold, it will begin to swell within your breasts and when you feel these swelling motions, ye will begin to say within yourselves—It must needs be that this is a good seed, or that the word is good, for it beginneth to enlarge my soul yea, it beginneth to enlighten my understanding, yea, it beginneth to be delicious to me." Alma 32:28. Being Baptist all of my life, I never thought I would have converted to another religion. I believed the Baptist doctrines to be true growing up. At the beginning of the summer after my first year of College, I wanted to challenge myself to grow closer to God and become a better soul winner. I knew that if I studied the general overview of other religions it would give me the knowledge to see where other religions were wrong and I was right so I could witness to that person and bring them into the "light." I decided to Google Mormons first, due to a movie I saw on Lifetime. I read an overview on their basic beliefs and there after chatted with a missionary on the website to witness to him or her and get more information on the basic doctrines of the Church. After the conversation with the missionary, Elder Thompson it seemed as if I would have him converted into the Baptist Church with in a week, so I began to chat more with Elder Thompson and soon found out through prayer and reading the scriptures that I was the one being converted, not by him, but by Christ. To back up a little bit, every thing the missionary told me I thought at first was not true, and didn't want to except it. I knew what I believed and didn't want to know more, or think that it was a possibility that I was taking verses out of context or that I didn't know the complete truth. It was only when I humbled myself before God, and honestly and sincerely asked Him what is true and what is not, and if everything the missionary says is true and if the doctrines of the LDS Church is true or if the Baptist doctrines are true. I did not get a sign from heaven that said, "The LDS Church is true", I got answers from the very word of God and from the closeness of God. In Jeremiah 29:13 is says, "And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart." How do I know the LDS Church is true? In James 1:5 it says "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not and it shall be given him." I applied this verse to my prayers, and God answered me. After realizing the truth of the Church I wanted to visit one, so the missionary I had been talking to arranged for me to meet a couple of full time missionaries of a local Singles Ward, Elder Bowers and Elder Aryton. As soon as I stepped through the doors of the Church for a tour I felt like I was coming home, I felt peace and excitement that God was in this Church. When I saw the baptismal I knew I was ready to be baptised, I knew that my prayers were answered and I was reassured as I walked around and felt God's presence and felt the peace of knowing I was home. It was not an easy journey after my first tour of the Church and knowing I wanted to be baptised and join the Church. It seemed as if I lost everything and I lost relationships that I loved and cherished. I hurt family and friends I that didn't want to. At the same time of feeling pain I felt joy because I knew I found the truth. I can relate to the verse in Alma 36:21, "Yea, I say unto you, my son, that there could be nothing so exquisite and so bitter as were my pains. Yea, and again I say unto you, my son, that on the other hand, there can be nothing so exquisite and sweet as was my joy". On June twenty sixth I got baptised by one of the full time missionaries, Elder Bowers. I felt refreshed, relaxed and thankful for a God that would take away my sins. The next day which was a Sunday I had my confirmation by the missionaries companion, Elder Aryton. I felt peace and un-describable happiness, that day, I don't think anyone could have wiped the smile off of my face. Through all of this, I have gained a closer walk with God and happiness among the trials. God has blessed me in so many ways, I see His blessings in some way or another everyday even in the midst of hard times. Growing up, as a little girl, even through the situations, I wanted to hear my Father say "I love you, I'm proud of you," a few years ago I heard these words and tears filled my eyes with joy, to know that my Father loved me and was proud me. How more precious will it be to hear my Heavenly Father say " I love you, I'm proud of you, Well done, good and faithful servant you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your Lord."

How I live my faith

I love my Church because it gives every member the opportunity to be active and serve others. I help counsel and encourage women in the Church. I love entering the doors of my Church because I find so much love and support which strengthens my testimony and faith in Jesus Christ.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Josephine
Nope, we help everyone! Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Josephine
Yes! Christian is defined as "Followers of Christ", and that is exactly what the Church does. The Book of Mormon is another Testament of Jesus Christ and co-insides with the Old and New Testament. The Church is built upon the foundation of Jesus Christ and even carries His name, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Show more Show less