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Hi I'm Joe

I am a physicist, a Harry Potter Fanatic, and a Mormon

About Me

I am from San Jose California. I grew up as the 3rd child of seven and the oldest boy. I love Harry Potter (Go Ravenclaw) and also Physics. After graduating from High School I went to Brigham Young University studying physics for two years. However I have currently put all of that on hold. Right now I am serving as a missionary in my church. As a missionary I have left behind almost everything I know to go to a place I have never been to share the gospel with everyone I meet. As a missionary I am expected to represent Jesus Christ and do the things he would do if he were in my shoes. Specifically my purpose is to invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost and enduring to the end. Because I am supposed to be completely focused on Christ and sharing his gospel there are some things I have had to give up. For example missionaries only communicate with their families once each week by letter or by email. Also missionaries do not have free time to discuss the merits of the most recent physics papers nor the finer points of a Quidditch match. Instead we focus ALL of our time and ALL of our efforts on sharing what we know to be true. I know Jesus Christ lives and that he loves us just as assuredly as I know that 2+2=4 or that Velocity is distance divided by time. I know I am doing what He wants me to do and that I will be blessed for it

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints is true. I am a Mormon because I know that through the ordinances of the restored gospel I can be with my family forever, even after we die. I know that Jesus is the Christ. I know that Joseph Smith was and is a prophet of God. I also know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and that it is true. I know these things because God has revealed them to me is a way I cannot describe. Many people claim they do not believe in the gospel because there is no scientific evidence. I am a scientist but I still know these things are true. As scientists we create experiments. One experiment that the scriptures encourage us to do is to read the Book of Mormon and then ask God in the name of Christ through prayer if it is true. We are promised that if we "ask with a sincere heart with real intent having faith in Christ he WILL manifest the truth to us by the power of the Holy Ghost." This means if you pray and ask, believing that you will get an answer, and truly intending to act on said answer, God will let give us an answer to our prayers to him. The answer will be quiet but it will also be powerful. I know anyone can do this experiment just as much as I am sure we can experimentally determine the acceleration of gravity on this planet. I invite all to try this.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by serving the Lord. Like most 19 to 21 year old youth in the church I have set aside these two years of my life and am giving every second of my time to his service. I arise at 6:25 am and do what He and my mission president ask of me all day until I retire at 10:30 at night. I do not get a break from this Job. Every where I go I am expected to where a highly visible name tag that says Elder Chandler, The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints. I also do not get paid. Instead I pay my own way to live out here. My parents pay a $440 monthly donation to the church for me and in turn the church gives me just enough for my food and rent. I do not gain any monetary profit. Instead I gain the Joy that comes from knowing I have given my all to Him every day. For the Lord I have left behind my family (I only get to call them twice a year while I serve plus a weekly letter), my schooling (I had an amazing major and spot at my dream school), my friends (No contact other than letters), and ever other part of my life. I am totally the Lord's and not my own, and I am grateful for the oppurtunity to serve Him.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Joe
As Mormon youth we are told that it is the duty of all young men to serve missions and that the young women are not required but they may if they so chose also serve. However despite this it is up to the individual wither or not he will serve. There are many young men in the Church who for whatever reason choose not to serve as missionaries. They are still loved by us and they can still enjoy the blessings of the Gospel. There are many more who for health or mental challenges are unable to serve as missionaries; in fact I was almost one of those young men. When I first applied to serve I was told that due to a rare medical condition I would never be able to serve as a full time missionary. There are many options we are given when such a thing happens. There are church service missions or other things young people incapable or unwilling to proselyte every day can do. However I know now that I have been given the opportunity to serve full time that there are blessings which missionaries receive whether we are called for time or as service missionaries. God love all his children and desires to bless them and he uses us young men and women to bless them and bring them into the fold Show more Show less