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Hi I'm Elder Joel Bassett

I am a Missionary serving in Kennewick Washington. I was raised in Aiken, South Carolina. I love serving others. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am serving as a Missionary in Kennewick, Washington, and I invite others to come unto Christ. I attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and studied Computer and Cognitive Science. I enjoy being in clubs that exist to make everyone's lives better and more enjoyable, from handing out free cake to creating lasting student alumni relationships. I love crew and the friendship that it fosters. I am from a large family of 9 kids, and I would not switch them for anyone else. They have made my life a crazy and unforgettably exciting adventure!

Why I am a Mormon

I have lived in the church my whole life. Most of my mother's family are members, and most of my dad's family are not. I know the Lord lives with every fiber of my being. I have experienced his love for me and my family. During my college experience away from home, I have seen his hand in the kind acts and words people have offered when trials pile up. The Lord has never failed me and he never will, I just need to ask for his help with all my heart. The Lord has given us great blessings and I intend to serve him to the best of my abilities.

How I live my faith

I attend Institute as much a possible. I strive to listen and watch inspiring things. I teach the youth in Sunday School. I keep my standards, even when those around me are doing different. I serve everyone I meet, either with a smile or a helping hand.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Elder Joel Bassett
Nope. The opportunity to serve a mission is given to all members typically when they are between 18 to 25. Additionally, many elderly couples serve with each other after retirement. Either way, serving a mission is a personal choice. I am serving a mission to help others and to share the joy that the gospel has brought to me. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Elder Joel Bassett
Yep! We believe that the Bible is the word of God. We use the King James Version so as to keep the translations as pure and correct as possible. We study the Bible as much as we study our other scriptures, the Book of Mormon, The Doctrines and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. Show more Show less