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Hi I'm Joseph Jepson

I am an undergraduate student at Utah State University studying physics, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am in my third year as an undergraduate student studying physics. I love to learn about almost any topic, whether it be biology, politics, humanities, culture, etc. In particular I love learning about anything math or physics related. I also enjoy playing the piano, singing, and spending time with friends and family. I returned from a 2 year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon church) in August of 2012.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it provides joy, peace, and clarity in my life. The doctrines of Jesus Christ as restored in their fullness through the prophet Joseph Smith answer the questions: Where did I come from? What is my purpose in life? and Where do I go after I die?. I receive peace from having a strong relationship with God, and from the knowledge that He is my literal Father in Heaven, and that I am literally His child. I am also blessed with the knowledge that I can reach my full potential in and through the atonement of Christ. (The atonement is a word that refers to what Jesus Christ did for us while He was on the earth, particularly his sufferings, death, and resurrection, that allows us to repent, to be redeemed from the grasp of justice (i.e. the punishment of wrong doing), and to become more like Heavenly Father).

How I live my faith

I currently serve in my local congregation as a membership clerk. My responsibilities include making sure we have all the membership records for the members who reside within the congregation's geographic boundaries, and that the information on the membership records is up to date. In daily life I try to live the standards of the Church, and be a missionary to others wherever I go.

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

Joseph Jepson
In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we believe that all humankind on the earth are the literal spirit sons and daughters of God, and as such we are all brothers and sisters. This truth helps us see the importance of loving others as we love ourselves. First and foremost, regarding those who struggle with homosexual tendencies, or even those who practice homosexual behavior, we are taught in the Church to extend Christ like love to all no matter whether they agree with our views on every point or not. This means we do not shun, ostracize, or belittle any person, no matter their views on issues regarding homosexuality. A perhaps overused cliché is actually completely appropriate here, namely "hate the sin, love the sinner." We do not believe homosexual attraction is a sin. We do however believe that homosexual behavior is a sin, in other words acting on those tendencies/attractions. The Church does not have a position on why these homosexual tendencies are present in some. Perhaps there are different reasons in each case. Ultimately the unrighteous propensities or tendencies in us all are part of the test of life, to see if we will obey the commandments of God even when it is hard or difficult. Show more Show less