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Hi I'm Joseph

I love traveling, teaching, dancing, singing, running, and reading, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love traveling around the world and have had the opportunity to live and teach in Japan and China. I love teaching and helping those around me become more confident and happy in their lives, despite the degrading or unhelpful conditions that surround them. I have seven siblings and 11 nieces and nephews whom I love dearly, and I especially miss my niece who died just a few months after her birth. I'm currently attending a university and plan on graduating in just a few semesters in math education and English as a second language.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was raised in this church, when I was a teenager, like many others, questions and doubts began to form in my mind regarding the truth of the church. I was, and still am, very wary of being made a fool of, and I did not want to play into anyone's hands. I had been taught well what members of our church should believe, but I wanted to know if what I had been taught was true-not just good, but true. I remember one day when I was about 14 or 15 years old. I was in the laundry room thinking about church and if it's teachings were true, particularly regarding the Book of Mormon. I went into my dad's den and prayed, asking God to know if the Book of Mormon really was the word of God, just like the Bible. As I prayed, I felt a peace and confirmation that can only come from God. Since then I have had many questions and even doubts about such things as the existence of God, if He really loves us, If Jesus Christ was His Son, and if He is truly my Savior. I have struggled with such things as living in a different country, and losing loved friends and family to early deaths, but God has always answered my prayers and given me peace that He alone can give. That is why I'm still a Mormon-because I received a testimony from God that this church is His church, I was able to start on my journey in the gospel, but the Lord has kept me in this church through His patience and loving grace.

How I live my faith

As I strive to live my faith, I gain many different experience. I have lived in Japan and taught the wonderful people there as a missionary for two years. I have taught youth Sunday school in China, as well as young men my age in other classes in America. The more I live my faith, the happier I am, the more people I come to love, and the more I learn. I also try to live my faith outside of my church by being polite, keeping myself morally clean and helping those around me become better, and helping them accomplish goals neither of us could do by ourselves.