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Hi I'm Joseph

I'm a writer. I'm a musician. An actor. And, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm from Idaho. I was raised in Alaska. Just spent two years in Texas. I enjoy culinary experiments – how many different ways can you use Greek yogurt? – film-acting, hiking in the great outdoors, amateur photography, and doodling in the margins of my calculus homework. I compose/record music in my spare time. I love long runs, a good pair of jeans, and I am a total nerd. I love school! I love words. They both build and destroy. They capture beauty and emotion. They can be said, written, typed, thought, and sung. We use them to communicate what is inside us. We use them to describe the world around us. Most of all, I love the Word. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness and the darkness comprehendeth it not." John ch.1 v.1-5

Why I am a Mormon

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints embodies the principles, beliefs, and practices that lead to a happy, abundant life. It teaches the Doctrine of Christ. I've experienced it for myself, and that's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

The Bible says, "be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only" James ch. 1 v. 22. It also says "faith, if it hath not works, is dead" James ch. 2 v. 17. I live my faith by doing it. I study the scriptures. I pray. I look for opportunities to lift and serve others. Because of the blessings the gospel has brought to my life, I served a two-year full-time mission in Fort Worth, Texas so I could share the joy and happiness I've experienced for myself with my fellow brothers and sisters. It was a remarkable adventure! Miracles do happen. I currently stay actively involved in my young single adult congregation. I've been a Sunday School teacher, and have also served as a leader in the Priesthood, organizing events and activities and helping people in my congregation and community. I've learned it for myself: the Gospel of Jesus Christ isn't a sideline sport. You've got to jump in and do it!

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

I find that the world we create around us and the lives we live are expressions of our innermost desires and the realization of our divine potential. We choose what we are. And that's what the Mormon lifestyle is all about -freedom of choice. Some people may view commandments and standards as confining or restricting, but the reality is the exact opposite. The Gospel of Jesus Christ was designed for our happiness. Every good choice we make empowers us to make even more good choices. Good choices are followed by good consequences. Living the law of chastity helps me develop self-control and prevents unnecessary sorrow and heartbreak. Keeping the law of tithing is an act of faith that fosters spiritual strength and brings temporal blessings. No coffee + no tea + no tobacco + no alcohol=a happy me. God knows it, and I've come to know it for myself. It's as simple as that! "Men are that they might have joy." 2 Nephi ch. 2 v. 25. I couldn't have said it better myself. Show more Show less