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Hi I'm Josip

I'm Brazilian, I came to America to be a missionary. I'm a musician and a dancer, I love history and philosophy. I'm a Mormon too!

About Me

I'm a Brazilian young man with Italian and Polish blood, and with a lot energy and curiosity about science, politics and life! I'm a musician, and enjoy playing piano and guitar, I can also play a few things with my classical viola, but not that much. Classical music was given to mankind as a gift from God, through some of the most intelligent minds! I retired from my short basketball player life for the lack of a more competitive spirit on sports. Now my sportive life consists of keeping myself in a decent shape and healthy enough by going to the gym, so I can enjoy my life without physical restrictions. I like to play volleyball too. I'm very interested in human sciences (like history, literature, psychology) artistic sciences and religions. Religion is something fascinating that by itself explains much of our world, our diversity of people, our characteristics and cultures. I hope that someday I'll become a College professor, and be able to help people as much as I've been helped by the good examples in my life. I like to read well written books by great authors, especially the Brazilian ones. I love to talk with interesting people, spend nights dancing and among friends. I also enjoy spending time alone pondering about many different things. I love to be around nature, go to museums, to cycle, and I can stay hours just talking to people. I'm somewhat hyperactive. I love silence as much as I love good music. Right now I'm serving as a full-time missionary.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in the faith and decided to continue on it when I was 18. I received a spiritual confirmation of the truth of the gospel when I was 15. I used to go out with missionaries to help them with their work, and in one of those days before going out I just felt the desire to participate in someone's conversion, so I prayed for that opportunity. Unfortunately the day didn't go well. That day finished with a last lesson with a certain man, and my job was to introduce the Book of Mormon to him. And I remember clearly that as I did I felt that exquisite feeling described by the scripture: "But, behold, I say unto you, that you must study it out in your mind; then you must cask me if it be right, and if it is right I will cause that your bosom shall burn within you; therefore, you shall feel that it is right." (D&C 9:8) I was so happy for that feeling, it was different and at the moment I felt it, I knew what that was. It was the Holy Ghost, who testified to me that the Book of Mormon is true. As teenagers grow up, they are exposed to some difficult choices in their lives, and that wasn't different with me. I was raised being taught by good teachers, and being interested in science and philosophy, I naturally started reasoning and questioning my beliefs, and my questions were earnest and sincere about the things I couldn't understand. Life then was a spiritual roller coaster to me. I came to points where I didn't believe in God and was about to give up and live life according to my will. But two things kept me from doing it: First, my mother's love and character, which is the closest thing to God that I ever felt, which was excellent in many things, and that because of the church; so I knew that the church actually was a good thing for those who really followed it. Second, the spiritual confirmation that I had years before. That gave me some hope to keep trying to find myself and find out what was true. It was hard but a good choice, and I don't regret it.

How I live my faith

I live my faith intensively right now (try at least), I'm serving as a full-time missionary and have had great experiences here. This hasn't been the easiest time of my life, but maybe one of the most productive ones that I'll ever have, and the one where I can find a lot of joy and satisfaction. I wake up early, study the gospel and the English language for 3 hours, then go out to share the gospel of Christ with those who want to learn more. and serve the community. That's what I do and nothing else for 2 years. I strive to live in a way that I'll be able to help others. Here I try to develop Christlike attributes, to serve others and learn. And by doing so I can proudly say that I've learned from experience that the following scripture is true: "And now, behold, I say unto you, that the thing which will be of the most worth unto you will be to declare repentance unto this people, that you may bring souls unto me, that you may rest with them in the kingdom of my Father. Amen." (D&C 16:6) Before my mission I also served as a singer, pianist, conductor and even composer for my local congregation. More than anything, I strive to follow my mother's example and to be like she is. I try to live worthy to go to the temple, worthy of my mom's pride, and I hope that someday I'll find a girl who I can have a family with, and share this love that I learned from my mother with her and my children.