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Hi I'm Joe

I come from a big family, am studying to be a physical therapist, love meeting new people and being outside, and I'm a Mormon

About Me

I grew up in a family of 12 kids, I being the 11th. That's why my parents decided to name me Joseph, after Joseph of Egypt who was the 11th son of Israel. I grew up in a small valley in northern Utah and graduated from high school in 2010. I love sports! Soccer was my first love and is still my favorite today. I also grew up playing basketball and ping-pong and have since tried out a variety of sports including volleyball, wakeboarding, snowboarding, longboarding, racquet ball, pickleball, mountain biking, mountain climbing, running, swimming, and golf. I'm a beginner to mediocre at best with all off them but I really enjoy exercising, being outside, and trying out new things. Work has always been a big part of my life as well. I gain a lot of satisfaction and joy from working with my hands learning new skills. That's one example that I learned I really appreciate from my Dad I'm working on a bachelor's degree in accounting as well as minoring in Japanese and fulfilling pre-requisites to attend physical therapy school. It's my dream to one day own my a therapy clinic. I hope an accounting degree will help me to handle my own finances if I get to that point. Why Japanese? I had the incredible opportunity to serve a mission for the church for two years in Tokyo, Japan. That experience means the world to me! I learned more lessons of eternal worth in those 24 months than I did during the first 18 years of my life. Some of my closest friends were made during that time as well.

Why I am a Mormon

I was blessed to be raised in a home devoted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I come from a long line of Mormons dating back to the mid 1800's. I was taught from my childhood the principles of the gospel and why they're important. I was baptized when I was eight years old and felt like I had a strong faith in my Savior Jesus Christ and His church. It wasn't until I was 13, however, when I really came to know that this church was true; I call this period of time the defining moment in my life. The weekend of Halloween in 2005 my Mother came down with what we thought was a cold. As the week progressed she steadily got worse. The doctors soon discovered a benign tumor in her brain as well as cancer in her parathyroid. My Mom slowly lost her grip on this life, and passed away on November 5th. I felt like I had been torn in half, that I would never be able to live without her. A piece of my soul had died with her, something I thought could never be healed. But never, through that entire experience did I feel like God was punishing me, that He had abandoned me. The week preceding her death I prayed like I had never prayed before that God would heal her. It was in the midst of this trial that I had to decide whether or not I believed in this gospel, whether everything I had grown up knowing was true. Before she passed away my heart changed. Instead of praying for her health in my prayers, I started following the example of my Dad in praying for the Lord's will to be done; that we would have the strength to face whatever came. Never have I been closer to Christ than during those days and months after my Mom passed away. He wrapped me in his arms and truly carried me through that trial. Through that experience I came to know that my Savior lives, that he cares for me and has made it possible for me to live with my Mom and family again. I cannot deny the witness that I've received. I know this gospel is true!

How I live my faith

My daily attempts to live my faith include prayer and scripture study- those two habits have become an anchor in my life. I can't tell you how much peace and comfort I receive as I do them. I feel like my connection with heaven (the source of peace and joy) is strengthened and I'm given a little piece of heaven to take with me throughout the day. Weekly church and temple attendance gives me an opportunity to take the sacrament and remember the covenants I've made to follow Jesus Christ. I make a lot of mistakes, every single day. Just like any of us would go to a hospital to take care of an injury, I feel like I really need to go to church every week for spiritual healing. Mistakes cause me to feel guilty and sad- the only way for me to be whole again is through repentance and the the redeeming power of the Savior's atonement. I hope more than anything else, other people can see and feel what I believe by the way I treat others. Jesus Christ always made time to show love, to be patient, and to forgive. I believe the habits that I mentioned above are extremely important to experience true happiness and peace in life, but they're meaningless unless they lead us to change and become more like our Savior; and I think the easiest way to tell if we're becoming more like the only perfect man to walk this earth is by looking at how we treat everybody around us.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

As many leaders in our church have said, "Home is an extension of heaven." I believe that God more than anything else wants us and our families to live with him for forever; in never-ending peace and joy. The pathway He has provided to lead us there is based around the family unit. Our families can be the source of some of our greatest joys as well as provide the strength we need to overcome challenges. Strong families build strong communities and governments. History has shown that the opposite is also true: when individual families are broken up, societies in turn crumble. I think relationships with other people, especially our family, are what's most important to the majority of people around the world. In the end that's about all we'll be taking up to heaven with us. It's tough to imagine what heaven will be like, but I know for sure that it wouldn't be paradise without my family there with me. Show more Show less