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Hi I'm Joe

I am a child of God.

About Me

I am a big outdoor enthusiast. I love to kayak, climb, repel, hike, camp, fish, and anything else outdoors. I am a father of two boys and married to the most beautiful woman. I am currently going to college for a degree in recreation management and am currently enrolled in the Army ROTC and will be joining the Army National Guard.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a "Mormon" because I have a testimony that this is God's only true church upon the face of the earth. I have sought the Lord to know if it is true, and I I have received an answer. Anything that helps you draw closer to God is of him, and this gospel does nothing but that. I know that there is a prophet upon the earth today, and he is a "Mormon".

How I live my faith

I am a gospel doctrine sunday school teacher, and teach alongside my wife in that calling. We teach about The Bible, The Book of Mormon, The Doctrine and Covenants, and The Pearl of Great Price and how to apply their teachings to us personally. I served a full time mission in Tennessee and am always looking for an opportunity to share with others the most precious thing I have - a knowledge of the gospel.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Joe
We want the blessings offered to us in this life to be available to everyone who has ever lived. We preform baptisms for the dead to offer those who have already passed on the opportunity to receive what we can here on earth. That way those who died before they could be baptized won't eternally miss out on Heaven. To me that shows us just how merciful God is. Show more Show less

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Joe
It is different in that it was written (for the most part) on a different continent, and it was translated into english by a prophet of God. It is also a little shorter and does not cover all the same time periods The Bible does. Joseph Smith received the "Golden Plates" from God through his angel (angel Moroni). He was prepared for a few years and instructed much before receiving so great a gift and responsibility. It was given to him for a time, and then taken back when he was finished. Show more Show less