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Hi I'm Joseph Nguyen

I love Snow, Swimming, Brazil, and Mittens! And I'm a Mormon

About Me

I come from a family of five. I am the oldest of three boys, no sisters. My mom and dad are both from Vietnam, and were married here in the United States while they were going to school. They were able to be married and recieve the blessings of marriage in the Provo Temple. My dad is self-employed and my mom passed away in 2009. My brothers and I are about a year apart! One is on his mission in Hanoi Vietnam and the other is going to BYU. We have one cat who lives with us named Tucker Mittens. He was abandoned by our neighbors and frequently visits us for milk and tuna, as well as a bed to sleep on. (I'm his favorite human) I am a student, studying to become an Orthodontist or a Radiologist, something with "ist" at the end of it. I want to be able to help people, therefore I'm pursuing a career in the medical field. I hope to be able to do humanitarian service later in my life. I am serving a mission in Georgia Atlanta, and one of the few missionaries speaking Vietnamese there. It's something that I've always wanted to do, and sharing the gospel with the Vietnamese people brings me much joy! I enjoy learning the language even though I was raised listening to it a lot, I have yet to master speaking it. I really love the branch there too, the people are amazing and their testimonies are so great! It just goes to show how universal the gospel really is no matter who you are or where you're at! There's also so many wonderful miracles that I've been able to see and be a part of!

Why I am a Mormon

There have been so many things in my life that point me to God. I have found that The Church of Jesus Christ is the church that clearly and simply outlines the things that I need to know to follow him. The things that I've learned have brought me so much peace, happiness, and direction that I haven't found anywhere else. Family is also something very important to me and I've come to learn things that help me to have a happy family and an eternal family. There is no greater joy that I have than knowing that one day I'll be able to be with my family again.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being happy! Life has lots of unique challenges, especially in this era, but when you live the Gospel you'll be happy! I find myself often searching the scriptures and church magazines and filling up my journal with notes. I strive constantly to become a better person, because everyday we have the blessing of changing (That's what Repentance is all about!). I'm working on my conversion every day, so that like Nephi, I'll "shake at the appearance of sin". I serve a mission in Atlanta Georgia. I've worked with a Vietnamese Branch for almost the entirety of my mission, and I love it so much! I'm not afraid to embrace the culture and learn more about my heritage. Although I grew up listening to the language, I still have a long way to go before I'm a master at it. I love teaching the things that I've grown to know are true, especially the Plan of Salvation. Family is SO important to me. If you know about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, you know that Family is a BIG DEAL. Although my family isn't perfect, we all work together and help each other. I can't wait to start my own family either (although I am scared to death about it!).

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Joseph Nguyen
No. He is a prophet, just like Adam, Moses, Abraham, etc. We worship God, our Heavenly Father and His son, Jesus Christ. We do acknowlegdge that Joseph Smith was the prophet that the Gospel was restored through in these latter days. Often this acknowlegement is associated with worshiping him, which we DO NOT. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join the Mormon Church and have the priesthood?

Joseph Nguyen
No. We are all children of our Heavenly Father, and he loves us ALL. Therefore there will be no restriction on race or color concerning who can join the Mormon Church and have the preisthood. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Joseph Nguyen
As the prophet Alma said: "And now as I said concerning faith—faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things; therefore if ye have faith ye hope for things which are not seen, which are true." (Alma 32:21) Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Joseph Nguyen
Yes. The Ancient Americans are what we know as the "other sheep" not of the fold, whom Jesus said he would minister unto. One can come to know this for themselves by reading and praying about the Book of Mormon. Just as in the Bible, there were prophets who testified of Him, and these accounts bear powerful testimony of Christ and his ministry, both in Jerusalem (East) and in the Americas (West). Show more Show less