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Hi I'm Joe Lyman

I am a new father, a college student and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I became a father as of July 31, 2011. I love sports and being with my family. My wife and I have known each other since elementary school and I have always respected her. I am a college student right now and plan to go through dental school when I finish up here. While serving as a full time missionary, my father was diagnosed with a type of cancer called cholangiocarcinoma. This is a very aggressive cancer that my father, with the help of priesthood blessings, battled for 11 months. He passed away July 25, 2009. This was the biggest trial that I faced as a missionary and continues to be a struggle. I decided to stay out in the mission field rather than returning home for the funeral because this is what I felt the Lord wanted me to do. (Matthew 19:29) Many wonderful people have stepped in to be the Lords hands and have blessed my family and myself enormously. Some of my motivations to be financially successful in life stem from the desire to be in a position to be as generous as the people that have served me. To those who selflessly serve, thank you.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to parents that were both active in the LDS church. I was raised to be obedient to the commandments set forth in this church. Growing up, I relied mostly on the faith of my parents to get me through everything and it was adequate for a long time. Once I started practicing the principles of the religion because I wanted to, I noticed a shift in my testimony. I was no longer dependent on my parents' faith but was gradually gaining my own. I finished reading the Book of Mormon for the first time on my twelfth birthday. This was also the day that my oldest brother returned home from his mission. He took me into a bedroom and taught me about the fruits of the Spirit. He then showed me Moroni's invitation in the 10th chapter of Moroni. Taught me what I should do and then we prayed together. The spirit was very strong and from that experience, I have never doubted the authenticity of the Book of Mormon.

How I live my faith

My wife and I teach a class of 4-5 year olds at church and we love it. We are constantly amazed at how much they know and absorb from the things that they are exposed to. My favorite way to live my faith is to talk to people that I meet at school or other places. I share with them how much I love my family and my faith. I hope that my example and the way that I live my life are the best sermon of my faith that I could ever give.