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Hi I'm Joseph

I'm 1 of 10 children. I'm an eagle scout and a runner. I´m serving a 2 year mission in Argentina! I´m a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Joseph. I am 1 of 10 children. I have 5 brothers and 4 sisters. Five of my siblings are married and two are at Brigham Young University. I love to run and have ran Cross Country and Track all four years of high school. My favorite things to do are spending time with family, eating ice cream, watching movies, and playing basketball. I love to stay busy and work, but it's nice to relax and have fun on Friday nights too. I have graduated from high school and am currently serving a two year mission in Argentina. I have been waiting for so many years to serve this mission and am grateful that now is my time to serve. I am even more excited that I will learn how to teach the gospel in the Spanish language! When I return home I want to go to school and continue running. I don't know if I will be fast enough to run for Brigham Young University, but I want to give it a try anyways. I have enjoyed very much the chance to be raised in a big family. The times when I have been most happy in my life are when I am with my family. I look forward to having a family of my own someday.

Why I am a Mormon

I was brought up in this church along with all my brothers and sisters, BUT I have not rested on my parent’s testimony of the church. I know it is true as well. When I was 16 years old, I had a boating accident. I was tubing behind a boat that was going very fast and eventually was thrown off the tube into the air. Coming down, I landed on someone else and somewhere in the collision managed to lacerate my liver and bruise my spleen. I was hospitalized and I painfully realized that the sophomore Cross Country season I had envisioned, was not going to happen. After 3 days in the hospital I came home in sorrowful spirits. I remember talking with my Dad one night about my concerns. He said to me “It’s not about me, it’s not about you, it’s all about Him¨ and then he went inside. At the time I thought that was the worst thing in the world to say to one whose dreams were shattering. I humbled myself though and trusted my Dad.Something happened. I no longer wanted to do bad things, coast through life, and live every day without purpose and meaning. I wanted a testimony, I wanted to be happy and make my parents proud. I had desires to obey everything they said from then on. After reading The Book of Mormon I got down on my knees one night and asked God if it was true. I got a little discouraged because I did not feel anything or hear a voice. In the days that passed though I took The Book of Mormon with me and shared it with my friends. After making that step of faith, I then knew without a doubt that this book was the word of God. I felt so good inside. A feeling came over me unlike any other I had ever felt. This feeling has not gone away, but helps me want to be better. My heart was turned to The Lord through this book. The answer to whether or not this church is true will come differently to different people, but it will come. I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because I know The Book of Mormon is true and that it testifies of Jesus Christ

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to be a good example everywhere I go. I never use profanity and try to hold my tongue when I’m tempted to say something unkind. I try not to gossip. I get so inspired when I see someone who is kind to others no matter how they look, dress, or act. I have made it my goal to be the kind of person that others love to be around. One example of how I lived my faith that I will never forget was when I ate lunch with two people at school who had physical or mental disabilities. It was definitely not the popular thing to do, but I did it because I wanted to cheer them up. I live my faith by sharing it with others. One of these opportunities comes once a month when a church friend and I go out to visit three families that have been assigned to us. During our visits we teach them a lesson from the scriptures and ask if there is anything we can do for them. If there is a need, whether it’s their grass needing to be cut or just a prayer said on their behalf, we strive to do it. I want to do the things The Savior did.