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Hi I'm Joel

I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

About Me

 I am 37 yrs old, and I am a Family Medicine Physician in the Army. I am married and have 7 children. My family is truly the most joyous part of my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I think being a "Mormon" means more than just belonging to a church. It means living your life as God would have you do. I am a member of this Church because I have tried living my life according to my own whims, and I have found that the only way to have true peace and happiness is to live life His way and not My way. There is no greater peace and true happiness than living according to God's commandments. They do set me free!

How I live my faith

 I frequently attend church meetings, visit other members in their homes, and invite them to come visit me in mine. I try to live honestly and treat everyone as I think the Lord would have me treat them.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

 The Church has over 130 operating temples, of which I have been to about 50. I have felt the same sence of peace and reverence in each one of them. It is a feeling I have always cherished. Temples are special houses of worship, and there are some requirements one must meet prior to entering a temple. When someone asks me who can go inside the temples, I tell them ANYONE can provided they meet the requirements. Unfortunately, even those of our faith who are members of the church don't always have the permission to enter- in fact, the majority do not hold current recommends to enter. There are no secrets in the temple per se', but there are things that are sacred in nature. There are ordinaces that are performed in the temple and the level of worship in the temple is at a higher level that that done on Sundays in our regular meetinghouses. The ordinances are important, but the reason I love the temple is the feeling I get when I go. It is a feeling unlike any other that I have felt in my life.  Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Yes- We belive in Christ, and proclaim that He is the only One who can save us from sin. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Homosexuality is a very difficult topic for some to address. Currently, the world would have us believe that homosexuality is just another way of expressing yourself an alternative "option" if you don't feel as attracted to members of the opposite gender. There are many who are confused about this issue and even within our church there are many who cannot separate the actions homosexuality from those who perform them our brothers and sisters. Practicing homosexuality is a choice, but it is not just an option it is wrong. Many who practice this lifestyle argue that to truly love a person you must accept their actions. This argument is false. If my brother choses to lie to me, steal, or harm someone else, I would not stop loving him, though I would still understand his actions are not right. Living in a same-sex romantic relationship is not right. The argument that a person should be allowed to live with, be romantically involved with, or marry whomever thay want is also a flawed argument. There are men and women who "fall in love" with their close family relations- sons, daughters, brothers, uncles, or cousins. Most agree that having romantic relationships of this kind are wrong the truth is not always popular, but the truth is the truth and homosexuality is wrong. Feeling attracted to a person of the same gender is NOT wrong any more than feeling a desire to break any other law or commandment- steal, lie, etc. But if our society allowed everything to be legal or sanctioned based on simply desiring to do that thing, we would not be able to have any laws or order. I know there are many people who disagree with me, and that is fine, because we all have different views, and I do not belive it is right to judge a person or speak unkind things about them because of their actions- no one is perfect. But there are simply some things or actions that are wrong. Suicide is wrong. Lying is wrong. Having sex with someone is also wrong, unless that person is the opposite gender and is a spouse. Show more Show less