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Hi I'm Joey

I was a snowboard instructor, a MSW student, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a single college guy trying to make life happen as a mental health therapist in the great state of Washington. Anytime I'm not studying for social work, I'm outside trying to keep life exciting. I love to stay fit by motivating myself in triathlons and other races. Snowboarding, water-skiing, and vacationing with friends are some other things that keep me healthy, happy, and fulfilled.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a member of the Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints because I want to be more like Christ. His teachings just make sense to me and how I should model my life. It took me a long time to figure out which church was really true, because I wanted to make the right choice for myself and for nobody else. There were negative things, and positive things, taught about every church I learned about. Mormonism held the most logic in my mind, but I still needed more because of all the negative vibes I received from others about it. After deciding to not really be apart of the LDS faith, I felt I lost something that I didn't realize I had until it was gone. It was Christ's spirit. Eventually, I prayed like never before, I studied like never before, and wanted to know like never before if The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints is true. I didn't receive a miracle; I received something better, peace. I felt so peaceful and happy. This was His spirit that I was missing. I can never deny that peace when I live by His gospel in His church, The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints. I write this now because I want everyone to experience that same peace and happiness He can bring into their lives no matter what their past has held, as mine. I wanted a better life, and I got through living by the precepts God has given me and all his children. Who doesn't want a better life? I encourage everyone to exert more faith and experimentation than they ever have to find the most important part of life anyone could ever imagine. It's worth it.

How I live my faith

I just do the best I know how. It's simple, live the golden rule. I try to live good enough that Christ could walk in at any moment, and I would never be ashamed. I'm not always perfect, but that's why we repent. I try to do community service and help people that need it more than me. In church, I teach a Temple Preparation class to those preparing themselves to enter the temple. I teach them what it's like, what to expect, and how to understand why we attend the temple. I get to visit the homes of other students in the ward to make sure they are doing well in all aspects of their life. They do the same for me.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

This is one of the best parts of why the Church makes sense to me; I'll try and sum this one up. Sorry if it's still confusing. Since God loves all his children and wants all of us to live with him again, this is His way of providing that chance to all of them. There have been billions on billions of people that have lived and never even heard the name Christ before, for example, people in China. Although we believe basically everyone will enter into some degree of heaven, not just heaven or hell, Christ taught that everyone must be baptized by immersion in His name in order to enter His presence, or the highest level of heaven. We perform baptisms in the temple for those that have passed away, all throughout time. That is why we do genealogy. They still have a chance to accept or reject the baptism being done for them (most likely by one of their progenitors) beyond the grave, or veil. This gives everyone an equal chance to live with God whether they had a chance to hear His gospel on earth or not. God is just and merciful and will do whatever he can for his children. Why should some have a chance and others not? That doesn't make sense, through baptisms for the dead everyone, dead or alive, can receive of Christ's atonement. Show more Show less