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Hi I'm Josie

I grew up in Michigan and am a college graduate. I enjoy volunteering with Special Olympics. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a avid supporter of Special Olympics. I volunteer as a unified partner in volleyball, basketball and track & field. I competed in college in everything from 800m to 10,000 meters and enjoy sharing my love of sports with the developmentally disabled. After college I continued to run in road races, ranging from 1 mile to half-marathon. This experience gave me the opportunity to meet many different kinds of people. Chronic over-use injuries sidelined me for several years. It was during this time I got involved with Special Olympics. I am a recent convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I started investigating with someone I knew for a while.

Why I am a Mormon

I chose the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after attending several churches with friends during my adult years. I was raised in the Methodist Church but still had questions that were never answered. It was when I began investigating the Church that I finally started seeing what the gospel really meant. There are so many misconceptions about the gospel of Jesus Christ as well as this church. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Savior. Joseph Smith was the prophet that brought back the restored gospel. The Book of Mormon is easier to understand than the Holy Bible but these scriptures must to used together to gain a true understanding of what Jesus Christ had in mind. I feel more calm and less depressed than I was before I joined. I have enjoyed the blessings that Heavenly Father intended for me to have. I no longer feel that people are standing in my way, trying to cheat me out of something. In the past I was cheated out of many things that I should have had. This came during a time when I had little faith. I can now put all my painful experiences in perspective. It is almost like looking back on someone else's life.

How I live my faith

Just after I was baptized, I began my callings as a visiting teacher and a visiting teaching supervisor. I served these callings despite my limited knowledge of the restored gospel. I was later called to Primary teaching children age 6-7 and I have been doing this ever since. This actually gave me the experience I missed during my own childhood. I was not raised in the faith but my parents had a basic grasp of Christian principles. I have also responded to various assignments, such as participating on the food committee for a couple of different events. This gave me the opportunity to meet other people in my church, not just those in my ward. I have worked hard to build my faith and live the gospel principles that Jesus taught his disciples. I had to cast aside some bad habits and negative thoughts. Building my faith has given me the strength to over come certain obstacles that kept blocking my way for some happiness in this life. It has also given me a better understanding of the Holy Bible, and not just someone's opinion of what they think the gospel actually says.

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

You must be at least eight years old to be baptized. You must be totally immersed in water. You must have a testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. You will learn what you need to by the missionaries. You should have read enough of the Book of Mormon to know that it is true. Some people know it upon hearing it. Others have to read and ponder the Book of Mormon. Some people have to read it all the way through once or even twice. Show more Show less