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Hi I'm Joe

I'm a struggling musician, avid football player, full time student, and I'm a Mormon

About Me

I love to play my 12 string guitar. The only problem is that i am a full time student and i work full time for an alarm company which doesn't allow a whole lot of time to play that guitar. I would like to be able to record the music which i compose and play in a studio someday, but for right now, recording it in my bedroom will have to do. I would love to be able to make music my job, but unfortunately it's not the most stable income for a family which i hope to have in the near future. I love to play sports. I love creating things and working with my hands. I was raised in Florida for basically my whole life and recently moved to Utah to pursue some opportunities for schooling.

Why I am a Mormon

Everyone who is raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Later day Saints has to find their own testimony for themselves. This is not a church of "trust me i know what I'm talking about," but rather, "go and ask God for yourself." I never really did until i left home for college. I started getting into things i knew were wrong. I stopped going to church (that was the first step), i stopped reading the scriptures, and i stopped praying. I was losing my faith in Jesus Christ and in myself. I woke up one cool Sunday morning in November and sat on the edge of my bed trying to figure out how i had let myself slip so far. I was unhappy, depressed, alone, and i didn't know or understand why i felt that way. I narrowed the feeling down to guilt. Although i had denied it multiple times, i felt guilty for what i was doing. Why? Because (i thought) my parents had taught me not to do the things i was doing. "well," i thought, "if this isn't true, then there's no use in feeling bad over it." I applaud my parents for teaching me that if i wanted to know if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (and subsequently it's teachings) was true, then all i would have to do would be to read the Book of Mormon and ask God in the name of Jesus Christ if it's true. So i did. I locked myself in my room and was committed not to come out till i had some kind of answer. I flipped it open, read a few pages, and then knelt by my bed and asked if it was true. I felt nothing. So i tried the same process again . Nothing. The last time i prayed to read something that He would want me to know. I flipped it open, and the words spoke to me. I knelt and said, "Father, if this is true, i'll do whatever you want me to do to put my life in accordance with it. I felt this incredible feeling of peace and assurance wash over me. Everything was going to be okay. I felt a voice inside me say, "Now you know." I cannot deny it. I know the Book of Mormon is true scripture. I've felt it. I know it.

How I live my faith

My faith is based on two things: action and reaction. I have faith in Jesus Christ, therefore i pray (action) to the Father in His name for things . When i receive an answer to that prayer (reaction), my faith is no longer hoping for things but knowledge that God answers prayers. I have been witness many times to the fact that God indeed pays attention to us, all we need to do is trust him. I gained a knowledge that the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was true not just by wishful thinking but a desire to know if it was true and a willingness to follow that truth. As a missionary that is the key for may who desire to know what they're being taught is true. God always expects us to put in some effort before he can reciprocate. The old saying 'you get what you put in' definitely applies to your relationship with God. A scripture in the Book of Mormon says that you receive no witness until after the trial of your faith (Ether 12:6) and i know that is true. Your trial may be different than mine. Yours may be praying for the first time out loud in front of your wife and kids. It may be reading the Book of Mormon. It may be giving up drugs or alcohol to follow the commandments of God. Whatever your trial, God does award those who follow him. If you have not received a witness of the truths taught here then perform a self evaluation: what are you holding back from your Father in heaven? I had to ask myself the same question. As soon as i was willing to put my life in line with his teachings, and demonstrated my willingness, he blessed me with the peace that i enjoy still today. I still make mistakes and am in no way perfect, but i can always look to the Savior as an example of perfection and strive for that. That's what all this is about anyways isn't it?

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Joe
I have a friend who was recently baptized by a christian pastor who called me immediately to tell me of his decision. Who would i be to tell him that his baptism means nothing because it wasn't in the Mormon church? To him, it was a huge decision and it brought him closer to the Savior Jesus Christ. Our Redeemer knows each and every one of us and appreciates it when any of us come closer to Him. That being said, i also believe in baptism by the proper authority. In fact, baptism by the proper authority is necessary and needed for salvation. Because it's so important, we know that everyone will have the chance to be baptized by the Priesthood which God has ordained to perform it. This is why we perform baptisms for the dead so that everyone might have the opportunity to claim the blessings of it. If we were baptized by someone without the authority to do so, my baptism would be recorded here on Earth, but without the seal of God-given priesthood, it would not be recorded in the eternities. It would be as if a guy off the street walked in to a police station, handed some tickets to the police chief and told him to enforce them. The chief could not, the man who wrote the tickets is not a policeman. Thereby, the chief (God) has no blame, simply the man who wishes they be carried out without proper authority. God always provides. Show more Show less