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Hi I'm Joe

I study Mechanical Engineering. I enjoy biking, running, and philosophizing. I love Christ and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I attend university and hope to eventually working on designing jet engines or rockets. I play the piano and the trumpet, and played in the marching band and jazz band in high school. I have a fetish for science fiction and love asking difficult questions. Most of all, though, I enjoy arriving at answers to difficult questions with others. I am training for a half marathon, and love mountain biking whenever I find a spare moment between my studies. I am the oldest of five children, two brothers and two sisters.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I love Jesus Christ and appreciate all He's done for me. I know there is an answer whenever I ask a question, and I know that I can find God will reveal that answer to me when it is right after diligent prayer and study. When I was younger, I used to have many doubts. Because I love to question everything, I was skeptical. But I had always been taught that if I read the Book of Mormon and prayed to know if it was true, I would receive a knowledge for myself of its validity. I wanted it to be true, because I wanted to be together with my family forever, I didn't want life to end with death, I wanted to see miracles and believe they were from God, but I thought it was impossible because of my overly analytical mind. But the Lord touched my heart as I kneeled on the top of a hill next to a camp I was attending. I poured out my soul like I never had before, pleading for Heavenly Father to help me feel it was true, even if I didn't understand everything at that time. A wave of love and warmth flooded over me and I felt as though there was someone there with me. It had been raining, but as I walked back to camp, the rain stopped and the clouds parted to show a beautiful rainbow. I felt it was a sign of God's love for me, and since then, I have never doubted that He is there. I still had questions, but I had a testimony, and that has made all the difference. I learn something new everyday, and as I pay attention, I notice the little things Heavenly Father does every day to show His love. I was baptised and received the gift of the Holy Ghost when I was eight years old, and since then I have learned how to listen to the Spirit for inspiration and guidance on what I should do. God is there. He answers prayers. Jesus Christ is the Savior of the World. He is the way, the Only Way to return to live with our Father in Heaven. It is the way we find peace and happiness in this life, and eternal life in the world to come.

How I live my faith

I serve as a clerk in our congregation, keeping track of the people who move in and out and making sure that they all feel welcome and a part of the group. It's a fun for me to get to know all the people in the congregation and to be able to offer help to them whenever I can. The standards of the church guide many of my choices in life. I don't drink, smoke, swear, watch profane, inappropriate movies, or look at pornography. I am happy to abstain from these things, and feel it gives me greater freedom and joy in life to keep the commandments God has given. A big part of my life is associating with others, and I feel our relationships are some of the most important ways we emulate Jesus. I try not to judge, but to love others and serve them as He would. I try to be understanding and patient, and try to cheer up people who might be feeling down. I think it's easy to complement and lift people up, because it makes me feel better as well. I pray and read in the scriptures daily, and frequently have discussions with my roommates about the things we are learning or about questions we may have. I love having my faith in Jesus Christ as an anchor to my life. Despite the trials and persecutions and temptations that may come, I know that the Lord is there to strengthen me and help me overcome. He is my best friend.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Joe
I worship Jesus Christ alone as my personal Savior and King. It is through His name that I can receive a remission of my sins and attain to the resurrection of the just. The Book of Mormon teaches this: that there is no other name, by which salvation comes, than Jesus Christ the Lord. People may be confused that we speak so much about Joseph Smith the prophet, but the purpose of this is not to glorify the man, but to glorify God, for revealing the truth of His gospel, His priesthood, and His Plan of salvation for all men. He revealed this truth in our time first to the prophet Joseph Smith. He, like Abraham, Moses, and even Christ Himself, restored this truth after a period known as apostacy, where because of wickedness the fulness of truth was not on the earth. We honor Joseph Smith just as we honor every other prophet, especially the living one, Thomas S. Monson. But Joseph Smith would have been like every other preacher in the Great Awakening and virtually unknown to the world had he not in actuality been the mouthpiece of God and brought to pass the restoration of the Church of Christ. I thank God that He chose Joseph Smith to restore this church and make known the true doctrines and revelations. It is because of him that I enjoy the peace and joy that the gospel brings. I continue to thank God for a living prophet, by whom I can hear the words Heavenly Father wants to speak to me personally and to His kingdom as a whole. Show more Show less