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Hi I'm Joe

I'm from Seattle, I love music, sports and movies. I shred on the guitar, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the third out of four kids, and I work at a bank. I love playing just about any kind of sport, listening to music, or just spending time with my friends and family.

Why I am a Mormon

My Mom is a convert of about 30 years and she has always loved living the gospel as long as I can remember, and certainly longer than that. It took me a long time to find my place in the church, and if I even wanted to continue attending. I loved the activities that were hosted by the church, but as far as living the gospel itself was concerned it took a while for me to mature and realize how important it really is. I've realized over the past few years that living the Gospel of Jesus Christ will help us through any or our challenges and concerns, and studying the scriptures, both The Bible and The Book of Mormon will give us strength to overcome whatever obstacles we face today, even though they were written thousands of years ago, I found that they still apply to our lives today. It has brought happiness to many people, including myself, my family and those I'm currently serving on my mission. Now, the reason I stay a Mormon is because quite simply, its true!

How I live my faith

Right now I live my faith by sharing it! I love getting out there and talking to people and letting them know I'm a normal person with probably very similar likes and dislikes. I value the same things that they do, and I love living and learning more about the Gospel. Before coming out on a mission I worked with people around my own age group and helped them with whatever their needs may be. Service is a very important principle taught in the church. I've learned how good it makes you feel after you help someone with something, whether its digging a ditch, cleaning a house, helping someone move, providing a meal to someone who can't provide it for themself, clearing some yard waste, or even just listening to someone...and how good it makes them feel also.

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

It goes toward a variety of things, building meeting houses, stake centers, temples, helps support the worldwide mission effort and helps with the church's humanitarian aid program. Every time the church builds a new building, it is paid for in full, and doesn't put the church into debt. Not a penny of it goes to pay leadership in the church, which I think is amazing. To put it simply, tithing money goes to build the church throughout the world. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

No way! One of the most important things that the church teaches is that we are all children of God, which makes us all brothers and sisters. Because of that, we help whoever we are able to. For example, my Eagle Scout project was done to help another Christian church near my home. There are countless stories where members of the church have reached out to serve and care for people of other faiths.  Show more Show less