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Hi I'm Joseph

I'm serving the Oregon Portland Mission. I love my family and friends. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi! I'm Joseph! I'm serving in the Oregon Portland Mission. Back home I enjoy hanging out with my family and friends, reading the scriptures, meeting new people, listening to music, and I like history. Video games are a blast. I am a lifetime fan of WWE (wrestling). I love the DC Universe; Batman is by far my favorite hero and the Joker is my favorite villian. I'm a Star Wars fan. I love anime. I have a great sense of humor. I will be going to school to become a lawyer. A temple marriage and having kids is my next spiritual goal. I love families. I'm the son of the two best parents anyone could ask for and I love them very much. I also have the best of friends. I was in JROTC in high school. I enjoy reading scriptures as often as I can. My favorite hymns are If You Could Hie to Kolob and Have I Done Any Good.

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a Mormon? For starters I was born into the church. I'm a 5th generation member and no, I don't have ancestors from Utah or any other parts of famous church history. My family is from North Carolina. I have had a testimony my whole life that the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored to the earth but it wasn't until I was at Youth Conference, at age 14, that I truly became converted. I asked again if all of what I have believed was true and got a powerful yes. Ever since that moment of conversion I have tried to live the Gospel according to the best of my abilities. My testimony cannot fall "because of the rock upon which [I am] built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall," even Jesus Christ the Son of God. Being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints allows me to have the gift of the Holy Ghost, a constant companion with One who is of the Godhead. I know where I came from, why I am here, and where I am going.

How I live my faith

I am currently living my faith in the most possible way a person can do so and that is by serving a mission. I am serving in the Oregon Portland Mission. The biggest excitement for me is seeing someone come into the true fold of the Lamb. I love going to church and reading the scriptures. Prayer keeps me going. Its great knowing I have a loving Heavenly Father who hears me. Showing charity, the pure love of Christ, is what I strive for. Giving service to others in need brings great joy in my life. I know I'm not perfect and I have some things to work on; that is why the Atonement is available for us. I have a calling back home as a ward missionary. With that calling I am one who is called to assist the missionaries back home with the work of salvation for man. I went out with the missionaries before the mission and will do so afterward.

What is the Book of Mormon?

Joseph
The Book of Mormon is the word of God. It truly is what the cover proclaims: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. It is a collection of sacred scripture written by ancient prophets and these sacred scriptures were abridged by the prophet, Mormon. While the scriptures found in the Bible were written by prophets and apostles found in the setting of the Eastern World (Egypt, Israel, etc.), the Book of Mormon was written by prophets found on the continents of the Americas. The purpose of the Book of Mormon is to bring both Jew and Gentile to the knowledge of the true and living God and His Christ, even Jesus of Nazareth. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Joseph
2nd Question: No, we have not always had the Bible. Not in the form we have now. The scriptures we now have in the Bible were written as individual books (using "books" as a general term). Mark was the first Gospel to be written and it wasn't until a few years later that Matthew was introduced into the picture and accepted as authoritative. The book of Revelation itself was the final book added to the Bible and it wasn't done so until 397 AD although it was actually written before other books in the New Testament including John's Gospel and even some of the epistles. The Bible teaches that there is "One Lord, one faith, one baptism." People's different interpretations have caused many churches to be created. 1st Question: Because of the Great Apostasy that the prophets and apostles have foretold of. The Great Apostasy is told of in chapters such as Isaiah 29 when the people would have their lips toward the Lord but their hearts would be far from Him as well as the last chapter in 2 Timothy and many other verses in the Bible that speak on the subject. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Joseph
The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-Day Saints. The name should give it away. Yes, we're very much Christians. It is the church of Jesus Christ restored to the earth. We accept Jesus Christ as our Lord, Savior, Redeemer, and we know He is the Son of God and He atoned for the sins of mankind. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Joseph
Why did Jesus send out the Apostles two by two? To preach His gospel. We do so because it is a commandment of the Lord. This isn't something just something random; salvation is at stake and the only way one can return to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, being able to be with Christ in His full glory, is by accepting His Gospel, having faith in Jesus Christ, repenting, being baptized for the remission of sins by one holding the Priesthood of God (no other church has this), receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. Again, the purpose is to bring salvation unto the children of God. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Joseph
A person must be baptized in order to enter the kingdom of God like Jesus told Nicodemus in John 3:5. While people may have good experiences with their former "baptisms," they were done without the Priesthood of God and therefore, those baptisms are not recognized by Heavenly Father because the person doing the baptism has no authority to do it. Only in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the authority to baptize found. This is done so a person may receive a remission of their sins. Part of the baptism is also receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost which is having access to the Holy Ghost at all times inasmuch as one is worthy contrasted to prior a person is baptized and the Holy Ghost will manifest of a truth and then leave the person. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Joseph
A Mormon is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We are called Mormons because we believe the Book of Mormon to also be the word of God with the Bible. However, we are more correctly called Latter-Day Saints or Christians. Yes, we are Christians. Our faith is centered on Jesus Christ, the same who was lifted upon the cross to save mankind from their fallen state. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Joseph
The purpose of life is to prepare to meet God. We are here to learn and grow to become like our Father in Heaven. With that, another purpose of life is to have a family that you can spend eternity with. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Joseph
We believe Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior. Is the literal Son of God. He suffered for us in the Garden of Gethsemane like the Gospel of Matthew says. He was lifted upon the cross to offer His own life for ours. He was resurrected on the 3rd day. He loves us because that is how He is. He is our Brother. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Joseph
It, with the Book of Mormon, is the word of God. It foretells the 1st and 2nd Comings of the Messiah, Jesus Christ. The Bible testifies that Jesus is the Son of God. Jesus is the Word, "and the Word was God." We know by the teachings of the Bible that Heavenly Father is in control and has prepared a way for us to return to Him and Jesus Christ, our Savior. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Joseph
People fear what they do not understand so they have a tendency to call things what they're not. In this case, "cult." Calling the church that is far from the truth. We are Christians. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is Jesus Christ's original Church restored to the earth; therefore, we are the original Christians. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Joseph
A testimony is a personal revelation from God that a principle is true. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Joseph
The temple is the house of God. Only certain members of the Church may enter because of the reverence the temple deserves. One must accept the full Gospel of Jesus Christ and live according to His teachings in order to enter into the temple. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Joseph
The Word of Wisdom is a health law Heavenly Father has given to His children. It prohibits the use of tobacco, alcohol, coffee, tea, and illegal drugs. Many people believe we are not allowed to have caffiene. That is not part of the Word of Wisdom. The only reason we need to not have coffee and tea is God said don't do it. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Joseph
Absolutely. The prophet Amos said the Lord God does nothing except He reveals His secret unto His servants the prophets. The Old Testament also teaches us that where there is no vision, the people perish. God loves us just as much as he loves the people in Moses' day. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Joseph
The Holy Ghost is the 3rd member of the Godhead. He is the only one of the 3 who is a personage of spirit; in other words, he does not have a physical body like you and I. Although he doesn't have this gift, He is not any less significant. In fact, without the Holy Ghost we could not get back to our Heavenly Father. It is this divine Being who testifies to us that Jesus is the Christ and that the Church Jesus set up has been restored to the earth. The Holy Ghost brings us comfort and reveals truth to us. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Joseph
God loves all of His children and is eternally kind. He grants blessings to all, not just members of His church, who are righteous. He has a body of flesh and bones just as we do. He has a Beloved Son, Jesus Christ, who He has sent so we may get back to Him (God). God is the Father of our spirits and we are His children. He is our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Joseph
We believe the doctrine of grace as how it is declared in the Bible. "...We have received grace...for obedience to the faith among all nations" is what Paul teaches us in the 5th verse of the 1st chapter of Romans. We firmly believe that we are saved by the grace of God; it is our obedience to our faith that invite our Heavenly Father to bestow upon us the divine grace He desires for all of His children to receive. That is something many people do not understand when it comes to church doctrine. Salvation comes by grace and grace comes by active, or works, faith. As James said, faith without works is dead. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Joseph
Having 12 Apostles in the restored church shows that Heavenly Father is a God of order. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. If He did not call 12 apostles in the restored Church, he would no longer be eternal and would cease to be God. The apostle Paul was called by the Lord yet he never saw Jesus while the Savior was in His moral ministry. Apostalic authority is necessary for the kingdom of God. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Joseph
We dress the best we can; nothing but the best for the Lord. We celebrate any holiday we feel we should. We celebrate Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, the 4th of July, and all other holidays. Many Latter-Day Saints live outside of the US and so they also celebrate the holidays that are recognized in their own respective countries. Show more Show less