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Hi I'm Joe

I grew up in Utah, I love playing sports, mostly soccer, (Real Salt Lake fan) and love hanging out with friends. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 22 years old, I love playing sports. Soccer is my favorite with basketball and football close behind. I love my family and hanging out with friends. I've done dogsledding as a winter job. I work for a painting contractor. I am working on starting a tech support business. I love learning new things and trying to better myself.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have seen the blessings that come from growing up in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Growing up in the church I wasn't always very enthusiastic about going to church and everything but when I was about 17 I took the challenge from one of my youth leaders to read the Book of Mormon and pray and ask God for myself to know it was true. As I did I gained an undeniable testimony of the Book of Mormon which naturally led to a strong testimony in Jesus Christ and His church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Ever since then I have received so many blessings and I know it has helped give me more meaning in life as well as more happiness. This is why I served a mission, I would just like to challenge everyone to read the Book of Mormon and pray with a sincere heart and real intent and they can feel it is true by the power of the Holy Spirit and I know that it will bless their lives as well.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to improve myself and anything around me. I love serving others and try to find opportunities to serve. We are taught to "be an example of the believers" and I try to do that in every aspect of my life whether it is at home, at school, at work, or on a team. I also think it is very important to treat everyone with respect and love no matter what their differences are. That is something that I take very seriously and try to do with everyone that I meet.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Joe
No, we believe that we should serve everyone no matter what the background. Think of the story of the good Samaritan. He helped someone who, not only wasn't of his faith, but was in many cases considered an enemy by his people. By serving others we not only bless them but increase our faith in Jesus Christ and show that we "love our enemies" Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Joe
Baptism is part of our first covanent with our Heavenly Father. A covanent is a two way promise between God and man where God promises us blessings in return for faithfullness. In baptism specifically we promise God that we will: Take his name apon us. (call ourselves Christians in word and deed), Always remember him, Keep his commandments. In return God promises us: A remission of sins (forgivness through the atonement), being "born again" in a new life in Christ, The Gift of the Holy Ghost. When we are baptized it is like signing a contract. It is the outward expression of our inward commitment to obey God. We are baptized by immersion the same way Jesus Christ was baptized sybolizing the burial of our old life and the birth of our new life in Christ. We believe that we shouldn't be baptized until we can understand the promise we are making, which is why we get baptized when we are 8 years old or older. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Joe
The official name of the Church has been "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" since the year 1838. Many people gave us the nickname "mormons" as a term refrencing the "Book of Mormon". Mormon was the prophet who abridged the writings of the ancient prophets in the americas into one book which he gave to his son Moroni who buried it in the ground around 430 AD. Show more Show less