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Hi I'm Joseph

I am in the Army Reserves, an instructor teaching Combat Medic courses, a sergeant, a college student, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

Hi I am currently living in Utah and am married to my sweetheart of 7 years. I have a 14 year old son from a previous marriage and I have 4 great step-children, three boys and a girl with disabilities. Currently, I am attending school online to obtain my Masters in Emergency and Disaster Management. I am also an instructor for the Army Reserves and I teach future Medics of the Army to be awesome Medics for the Army, and I teach the Non Commissioned Officers Courses (NCOES). I love to teach and interact with Soldiers and people of all walks of life. I served active duty Army after my mission and soon after went to school to obtain my Bachelors. I jumped into the Army Reserves soon after I graduated, having now served 14 years. I served a mission for the Church in the California Fresno Mission. It was a great experience and it is there that I gained a strong testimony of the Savior, the Book of Mormon, the Prophet Joseph Smith, and it is there that I felt the Holy Ghost give me a burning truth in my soul that all of this was true. I was born to parents who are both converts to the Church, the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. My dad was converted while he was in the Army serving in the Korean war. My mother was converted in her home country of Uruguay, South America. I love to workout, and I love to read good books. I especially love to read my scriptures, for in them I find answers to my life questions.

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a Mormon? That is a good question. That question has been asked of me by Soldiers and other friends that I have. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because my life experiences have brought me closer to Christ. While on my mission I gained a strong and burning testimony of the gospel through the power of the Holy Ghost. That testimony has indeed helped me during my trials. It is, in fact, during those trials that my testimony-the building block, a precursor, if you will-was built up more by my trials than by anything else. I have become closer to our Savior and Lord during those trials than any other time of my life. Through priesthood blessings, I was given comfort and strength to bear my burdens which seemed to become light as I submitted my will and cares upon the feet and shoulders of the Lord. It is through the atonement of our Savior that our burdens do become light. Our burdens don't really go away; they become manageable, one day at a time, one problem at a time. Because of these choice and personal experiences that strengthened me in my darkest hour of need, I know that my Savior lives and that the atonement is real. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

The way that I live my faith is that I practice what I believe. Having a testimony of Christ, knowing that His Church has been restored back upon the earth through the Prophet Joseph Smith, and living the principals and being true to my baptismal covenants, is a way of life for me. I try everyday to do what our Savior would have me do. And that is through service to others. I currently teach the 14 year old boys in my Church where I am a Varsity Coach in the Boy Scouts. There they are taught righteous ideals so that they may choose the right path to take when they are faced with peer pressure in not choosing the right and other temptations that come their way. In the Army, I live my faith. I get many inquiries as to why I don't do those things that everyone else seems to do and that is the norm of the world. Such as why I don't drink alcohol, coffee, and why I am faithful to my wife and marriage. I live my faith because of my testimony of the Church and the Savior. That is how I live my faith.

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Joseph
Our body is a precious gift from God. To help keep our bodies and our minds healthy and strong, God gave a law of health to Joseph Smith in 1833. This law is known as the Word of Wisdom (see Doctrine and Covenants 89:1-21). In addition to emphasizing the benefits of proper eating and physical and spiritual health, God has spoken against the use of: Tobacco. Alcohol. Coffee and tea. Illegal drugs. God promises great physical and spiritual blessings to those who follow the Word of Wisdom. Today, the scientific community promotes some of the same principles that a loving God gave to Joseph Smith nearly two centuries ago. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Joseph
Family relationships can last forever—not just for this life. Just as some of life’s sweetest joys can come through family associations, the loss of a beloved family member can be a source of our deepest sorrows. Jesus Christ gave power to His disciples to seal families together forever when He said, “And it will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Matthew 16:19). Death does not need to be the end of our relationships with cherished loved ones. The Lord revealed to Joseph Smith that the “same sociality which exists among us here will exist among us there [in eternity], only it will be coupled with eternal glory” (Doctrine and Covenants 130:2). Family members who accept the Atonement of Jesus Christ and follow His example can be together forever through sacred ordinances performed in God’s holy temples. These ordinances seal a husband and wife together for all eternity and children to their parents as an eternal family. (See: “The Family: A Proclamation to the World”) Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Joseph
The power to create children is very sacred. Our Father in Heaven has commanded that the sacred power and privilege of sexual relations be exercised only between a man and woman who are legally married. This is the law of chastity. It means that we must not have sexual relations before we are married, and after we are married we should have sexual relations only with our husband or wife. Keeping the law of chastity brings safety, happiness, peace, and self-respect. It also deepens married love and protects families. Breaking this law is serious. But those who have broken it can gain forgiveness and peace through repentance and obedience. God wants the best for you and for all of His children. Following God’s plan of reserving intimacy for marriage will help you and your family be happy. Show more Show less