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Hi I'm Joseph

I'm a black belt in martial arts, I'm on a mission and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I started martial arts when I was 8 yrs old. My martial arts backround has probably been the biggest contributing factor to who I am, besides my religion. My mom was an inactive member and my dad was not a member. We started having the missionaries over when I was ten. My greatest love is music. I can't really play any instruments but I love to sing. I love to act and be on stage.

Why I am a Mormon

My conversion story is a long process that I will probably always be going through. When I was ten, I remember the missionaries coming over with a member of the ward that we lived in. As I came to know them, I enjoyed hearing them. When they asked me to be baptized and taught me it's purpose I really wanted to. After that, I kept faithful because I knew I was supposed to. As my faith has grown through trials, I have to come to know more surely and gained a desire to go on a mission. I am a member because I believe that the Gospel of Jesus Christ was restored in full to the Prophet Joseph Smith. I believe with all my heart that this is His church on the earth today and that I will be continually blessed for obeying it's teachings. I have come to know these things for myself. I know because I have seen with my own two eyes the power of the Priesthood. It works. It can heal the sick, preach the gospel with power and authority, and even baptize. I know that Joseph Smith was a Prophet of God and that the revelations he received were true and were spoken by the mouth of the Savior himself. I testify of the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as taught in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, that they are true. I testify that God lives, that He sent His Son to die for us and that He spreads that very important message through the power and authority of the Priesthood. I so testify in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

How I live my faith

At this time in my life, I am serving a full time mission. This means that for two years, my only job is to bring others to Christ and His restored Gospel. This mission is a calling that brings many blessings into my life and the life of my family. It has it's hard days but that is life. As we face our trials with courage and faith, we are able to overcome them. By overcoming our challenges, we become stronger and closer to God.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Joseph
We fully believe in the doctorine of grace. It is the only way we can be saved. We must do all that we can do before grace can be applied. We must show God our faith and willingness to keep his commandments before we can be forgiven. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Joseph
Wards and branches are divisions that define our congregations (based on where you live is what ward/branch or congregation you are in). Branches are basically the same as wards only smaller. Stakes are groups of wards and/or branches that are in the same general area. Our congregations are set up this way to help everyone come unto Christ better and to help the church better follow the Gospel. Show more Show less

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

Joseph
My answer to this question is a big, resounding "YES!!!!!!!". I love reading the Bible, especially the New Testament. It uplifts and encourages me in a world full of darkness and evil. The Bible is Holy Scripture and we use it as such. We read it, study it, and use it to teach the doctrines of Christ. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Joseph
During the life of Jesus Christ, He established His church and gave the Apostles authority to carry on His work after His death. Although the Apostles did all they could to guide the church in the right direction, they (the people) chose to depart from the truth. When this happened, the people began to kill the Apostles until the authority was lost. Because of this loss of authority, the Church began to lose some of the plain simple truths. This is why in Acts 3:21 Peter foretold of a "restoration of all things". Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Joseph
The law of chastity is a commandment given about relationships. We believe that God has given us a sacred gift to create and has set the bounds in which we are to use it. We believe that we should abstain from sexual activities before marriage and remain completely faithful to our spouse after marriage. Marriage between a man and woman is ordained of God and is very sacred. If we choose to disregard this commandment it can ruin families and destroy homes but if we live it, we will be blessed greatly. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Joseph
There is only one way for us to know that this church is true. Read the Book of Mormon and pray to know it is true. Some one could logically explain our church in such a way as for it to make sense but to truly believe in it you have to pray. We read in James 1:5 that if a man lacks wisdom that he should ask of God. If we have a real desire to know that it is true and have intentions to act upon that knowledge, then we can read and offer a sincere prayer and Heavenly Father will answer. As a missionary I know well the process it takes to find these things out for yourself. I have put them to practice in my life and ask others to do it everyday. It works, I promise. But don't take my word for it, find out for yourself. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Joseph
The priesthood is the power of God given to man and the authority to act in the name of Jesus Christ. When the priesthood is righteously recieved and properly used, it blesses individuals, families, congregations, and the Church as a whole. It is by the power of the priesthood that we baptize. It is by the priesthood that we give blessings to the sick. It is by the priesthood that every meeting of the Church is run. The priesthood has been such a wonderful blessing in my life and I am so grateful for it. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Joseph
Mormon Temples are used for the purpose of making sacred covenants or promises with God. One of those covenants is marriage. When a man and woman are married in the temple, that marriage continues passed the grave. We believe that this sacred covenant can bind husband and wife on earth and in heaven. There are other covenants that we make in the temple but that we don't talk about too much because they are very sacred. What I can tell you is that I have been inside and am a better person for it. I have felt the spirit so strong there and know in my heart that it is the House of God. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Joseph
We believe that death is simply the seperation of body and spirit and is merely another step in the great eternal plan that God has for us. After our spirits depart this mortal body, we go to a place called the spirit world. The spirit world is a place of learning and growth where those who have done the things they needed to in this life, are in peace, happiness and rest, while those that have not taken the necessary steps are in a state restlessness and discomfort until they learn and accept the gospel of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Joseph
Yep! I really do believe we have a prophet today like Moses. His name is Thomas S. Monson. Just like Moses led the Isrealites in God's will, President Thomas S. Monson leads us today. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Joseph
Yes, in the Book of Mormon we read that Jesus Christ visited the Americas after visiting His apostles and other disciples in Jerusalem. During this visit He established His Church as He had done in Jerusalem, with 12 apostles and other things. In the Holy Bible, John 10:16 says "And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd." Those other sheep which He spake of were those on the American continent. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Joseph
Nope. We do not endorse any one political party. We believe that it is our duty to participate in government as far as that goes but we are encouraged to pick candidates based on our own desires and knowledge. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Joseph
The first vision was a very important event in the history of the Church. It was the literal appearing of God, The Father, and Jesus Christ, His son, to a young boy named Joseph Smith. At the age of 14, Joseph Smith was living in a practical war about religion. One church tought this and another taught that and every churches opinion varied on every subject. During this tumult of religion, Joseph read in James 1:5 of the Bible which says "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him" To Joseph this meant that it didn't matter if he knew which church was true because God did and so Joseph asked God in prayer which was correct. The visitation of both God and Jesus Christ that resulted is called the First Vision. Show more Show less

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Joseph
There are several ways that are bodies are temples and reasons why we should take care of them. When we take care of our bodies (not taking drugs, drinking, smoking and things like that) we can have the Spirit more abundantly in our lives. When the spirit dwells in us our bodies become a temple for the Spirit or Holy Ghost. Our bodies are also temples in that our own eternal spirits reside in them. Our bodies are gifts from God and we should take care of them to show Him our appreciation for that gift. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Joseph
We believe that God has a body of flesh and bones like ours, except his perfected. He is immortal, all-wise and all-powerful. God is our father in heaven and we were created in His image. It is also important to note that we believe that God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost are three seperate beings, God and Jesus Christ having bodies of flesh and bone and the Holy Ghost being a spirit. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Joseph
The difference is that Church buildings are public and Temples are sacred and therefore not public. Attending church in a regular church building is similar to other churches services. We pray, sing hymns, learn and study the scriptures, and partake of the sacrament. In Temples we perform sacred ordinances for the living and the dead. Because Temples are litteraly the House of God, there are certain restrictions on who can go inside. Only faithful members of our church, who have been baptized and obey the commandments as God has revealed them to us through the prophets, can go inside and perform those sacred ordinances. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Joseph
Absolutely, positively, without-a-doubt, %100 YES!!!!!!!! Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Joseph
It is the Holy Spirit that makes our church flourish and grow. That is the reason why I joined. I was taught by missionaries and felt the Spirit testify that it was true. That is how it is for most people. People see the happiness we enjoy in our lives and the strong family bonds that we share and they like it. They want to be a part of it. We can answer the big questions of life of "where did I come from?", "why am I here?", and "where am I going?" People want answers to these questions. There are a number of other reasons that the Church grows but my personal favorite is the fact that it is true... Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Joseph
I would say that the best way to increase your faith is to read the Book of Mormon and pray to find out for yourself that it is true. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Joseph
There is not one tiny piece of anything in this world that, in my opinion, doesn't point to a supreme creator. How a baby forms inside the mother, how the planets rotate and stay in their appointed place, how I wake up every morning never having stopped breathing without thinking, how man-kind has grown in knowledge with technology, how various sizes of ecosystems (from as small as a single plant to the entire world) function without aid, how atoms are made up of just the right amount of protons neutrons and electrons and molecules are made of just the right amount and type of atoms all to form specific types of materials; all these things say to me that there is a God. Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Joseph
God has given us this wonderful power to procreate and has set the bounds in which it is to be done. If we as people only had sexual relations in the divinely appointed relationship of marriage, abortion wouldn't even be a concern. We are against abortions in all cases except those in which the life or good health of the mother is seriously endangered or where the pregnancy was caused by rape and produces serious emotional trauma in the mother. In all things pertaining to our salvation we should councel and discuss with local priesthood authority and most importantly our Heavenly Father through prayer. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Joseph
The answer to that question is no. Not ALL Mormons are REQUIRED to serve missions. Every persons circumstances are different and there are certain requirements for missionary service. On the other hand, though, Jesus Christ, through prophets and apostles, has asked that all who are worthy go on a mission to give service in the Kingdom of God, teach and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and to represent Him and His Church. Again, everyones circumstances are different so we suggest all to pray about serving a mission and Heavenly Father will guide us in our decision wether or not to go on a mission. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Joseph
The purpose of this life is to recieve a physical body and to learn and grow to become like Heavenly Father. If we do the things that we are supposed to do in this life we gain experience and learn how to be better people. We also are here to form eternal families that can live together beyond the grave. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Joseph
We believe that baptism is an ordinance, or act, that we do to show Heavenly Father our commitment to follow Jesus Christ and keep His commandments. It is part of the process in which we can be forgiven of our sins. Because of its significance in starting a new life, it is done in a way to be symbolic of Christ's death and resurrection. When baptism is done by immersion, as the Savior was, we are buried completely in the water as He was completely buried in the tomb. Then we rise just as He rose again the third day. These things can only be done by those holding the proper authority, or Priesthood, of God. In Bible times this authority was given to the apostles. Now it has been restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith and given to others through the laying on of hands as it was done in the ancient church. Children do not need to be baptized because they don't understand right and wrong. It has been revealed to a Prophet in our day by Jesus Christ that children can and should be baptized at 8 yrs. old. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Joseph
Malachi 3:8-10. That is good enough for me. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Joseph
We believe that eternal life is the greatest of all the gifts of God. It is to be able to return to His presence after the resurrection and live with Him and our families for eternity. If we keep the commandments of God and are worthy then we become heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17). This means that we can have all the Father has. Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Joseph
I truely believe that this is the only true church on the earth today and therefore was founded by Jesus Christ himself when He came to earth to suffer and die for us. When Jesus Christ was on the earth he established the true Church with all the proper powers and authorities required to run and officiate it. Those to whom this power was given were shortly there after killed as martyrs because of wickedness, thus the true church as established with all powers and authorities was lost. It wasn't until 1820 that the true Church, as Christ established it, was brought back. A young man by the name of Joseph Smith was given the power and authority to restore the church through many heavenly messengers, such as John the Baptist, Peter, James, and John, a prophet from ancient America called Moroni, Moses, Elijah, and even Jesus Christ himself all appeared to him (not in that order). Some may say that Joseph Smith started this church but I truly believe that Jesus Christ himself started this church and is at it's head today. Saying it was Joseph Smith is only half the story. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Joseph
That's easy, pray, go to church, read your scriptures and keep His commandments. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Joseph
Joseph Smith was a young man like most young men. He had imperfections and made mistakes. But he also had great faith in God and looked to the bible for an answer to his question. He wondered what church to join because there were so many contending churches and contradicting doctrines in his time and in the area where he grew up. When he asked in prayer which one to join he saw Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. He was called to be a prophet, just as there had been in ancient times like Moses and Isaiah. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Joseph
The Atonement, simply stated, is the sufferning which Jesus Christ went through to pay the price of our sins. It is impossible for any human mind to fully comprehend because it was acomplished by a man whose father was The Father, who was perfect and thus beyond mortality and humanity. He suffered such pain for our sins that He, who had submitted his will to the Father's will, asked if there was any other way. So great was the weight of our sins upon him that He suffered beyond human ability by bleeding from every pore. Through this, though, He had the help of angels and God to strengthen him. When he was put upon the cross he again suffered what he had already suffered but without the help of God or angels. He was left, alone, to suffer what all mankind has felt at some point, that is the absence of God or spiritual death. Then only after a gruesome death, did He overcome death by resurrection and thus ended the Savior's mission and His purpose was fulfilled. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Joseph
The Word of Wisdom is a commandment given to us from God through the Prophet Joseph Smith concerning health. God wants to bless us with health and a higher level of spirituality but we must first know how to obtain it. We believe that God wants us to not use tobacco, alcohol, coffee, tea or illeal drugs. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Joseph
We believe they can be eternal if founded upon the gospel and sealed by priesthood authority in a temple. Because of the eternal nature of our family relationships we are given strict commandments concerning them. This is called the Law of Chastity. When we follow this commandment our families are protected from the evils of this world and can last beyond the grave. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Joseph
It is very important, in the case of this question, to remember- We are all children of God. He loves each and every one of us so much that we cannot even comprehend it. That being said, we regard all people as sons and daughters of God and love them as such but we cannot stand for any form of homosexual relation. It is in direct violation of the commandments of God. This is not to say that we condemn them for the temptation but rather the sin. for example: One of my friends might ask me to rob a bank with him. Would I be in trouble for him asking me to rob the bank with him? No, I would only be in trouble if I went through with it. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

Joseph
In all things related to the building of the Kingdom of God on the earth, the Church uses money called tithing, that is donated to the church by its members. As members we are asked by God through his ancient and living prophets to pay tithing. We feel it an honor to pay 10% of our income to the Church because we have seen how much it has blessed our lives and know how much it can bless the lives of others. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Joseph
Faith is the action and power of hope. As we "hope for things which are not seen which are true" we act upon that hope. For example, if you plant a seed you may hope that it will grow. Faith is giving it water and the things that it needs to grow. So it is with God. We may hope that God exists but until we act like he does then we have no faith. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Joseph
There are a lot of Mormon customs but as a brief overview... We wear our nicest dress, whatever that may be. We do this to show respect for Christ and the things he did for us. This usually means that men wear white button up shirts with ties and women wear dresses or modest skirts but we invite all, even if they must come as they are. We celebrate all local and national holidays for our own areas and also Christmas and Easter. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Joseph
We don't have paid clergy because we donate our time freely to the building of the Kingdom of God on the earth. We feel it a great priviledge and blessing to serve in this capacity without the thought of reward but rather for the love of Christ and our fellow men. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Joseph
The reason why only some are allowed in temples is the same reason why we don't speak of what goes on inside exactly. It is because the things inside the temple are sacred, not secret. We invite all to visit the temple, either before dedication or just the temple grounds. I can say that we do ordinances in the temple. Ordinances are things like baptism, in which we make covenants with God and are promised blessings. We do baptisms for those who have passed and other ordinances we do for the living and the dead in temples. We also perform marriages in the temple. We invite all to prepare to enter the temple so they can perform these ordinances and recieve the blessings that come from the temple. Show more Show less

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

Joseph
We are often called mormons because of a book that we believe to be sacred scripture that goes along with the bible as a second witness of Jesus Christ, called The Book of Mormon. The true name of the church, though not used as commonly as mormons, is much more accurate in it's description of our beliefs, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We believe that this is the true Church of Jesus Christ on the earth today and thus bear it's name. The Latter-day Saints part comes from the fact that members in the ancient church at the time of the Apostles were called saints. They were the former day saints and we are the "Latter-day Saints" Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Joseph
The family is the central unit of God's plan for us. He put us in families in order to learn and grow. There is no better place to gain life experience and to learn how to become more like Heavenly Father than in the family. It is also a way that Heavenly Father blesses us. Some of lifes greatest joys are only found in a family, working together to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Joseph
Being a Mormon is the best decision I've ever made!!!! The reason for that is because it makes me happy to know where I stand with God and to keep His commandments. It is like feeling the arms of Christ wrapping you and holding you tight all day long. It is a wonderful thing to be a Mormon. You should try it!!! Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Joseph
They are funded by the missionaries that are serving. I am currently serving a full-time mission and therefore do nothing but teach and preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ all day long. Because I don't work many people wonder how I survive. It's a fairly simple answer, I worked and saved up as much as I could before I came out and my parents and family helped out with the rest. We don't get paid for this but rather have to pay $400 a month. That money is used for whatever funds the church needs for missionaries and we are redistributed money each month for food. Show more Show less

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

Joseph
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is always prepared to asist those in need with food, clothing, shelter, labor, medical supplies and anything else that might be needed to ALL those who suffer loss during personal or community tragedies, regardless of religion or nationality. We as a people believe in following the example of the Savior in his love and willingness to help those in need. Thus, we have given aid to 147 countries all over the world under a variety of different circumstances. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Joseph
Women do not hold the priesthood because that is the way that the Lord has made it to be. Having the priesthood does not put the man above the women. Behind every worthy priesthood holder there is a women, (a mother, a sister, a wife) that has had a profound impact on him. Show more Show less

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Joseph
In this world, there are many things that influence children, for both good and bad. Through movies, music and books the world is teaching our children from younger and younger ages that it's ok to wear very little clothing, that it is ok for people to have intimate relations whenever they feel like. These things are not the will of God. When we show more of our bodies than is necessary, we invite satan and others to harm us physically and spiritually. In order to undo the teachings that this world is giving to the children, we must start with ourselves. Being an example to your children is the most important way you can teach them what they should do. After that, all you can do is talk to them and try to limit the influence of the world you allow to your children. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Joseph
Nope!!!!! Anyone who would like to change their life and bring it in line with the teachings of Christ may join the Church through baptism and men may recieve the priesthood, regardless of race or color. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Joseph
We, like many others who believe in the bible, start off believing because our parents do. Eventually we find out for ourselves the spirit and power that the word of God has. We gain a personal testimony of the divinity of Christ and the truthfulness of the Bible and the teachings of the holy prophets that are found in it. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Joseph
That is a great question. I would like to answer it with another question. Have you ever messed up and felt bad about it? I know I have. One day we will stand before God to be judged and will remember, perfectly, everything we have ever done. Those things that we have done that made us feel bad will be compounded by the fact that we will be standing in front of a perfect, Supreme Being. What Christ did for us, why he is our savior, is that He suffered for our sins and made it possible to repent. He saved us from eternal damnation. Because of Him, we can rid ourselves of those feelings created by doing something wrong. Show more Show less

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Joseph
Simple, there is a place on this website where you can request a missionary visit. These missionaries are all over the world and are representatives of Christ and His church. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Joseph
Men and women are most definitely equal not just in our church but in the sight of God. God designed man and woman to have different bodies, different strengths and abilities, and different roles in the family relationship for the divine purpose of creating families. In all things, parents, both mother and father, are help one another to care for and nurture their children, each doing so in their own way based on strengths and weaknesses. Men are generally the providers. By divine design, they watch over, love, protect, and provide the necessities of life. Women's role in the family is to nurture, teach, care for, and encourage. In both cases, the father should assist the mother in her responsibilities and the mother assist the father. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Joseph
President Thomas S. Monson Show more Show less

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Joseph
When we have faith in Christ we put our trust in Him. Whether in family relations or in friendships or in any situation really, faith in Christ gives us hope for something better so that when things get rough we look up and find strength. As we work to build our faith and the faith of our family members all are strengthened and the family bond is reinforced with love and kindness. Christ, in all things, is the center of our blessings. Therefore, when we put our trust in him we are blessed in all things. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Joseph
Just as the Bible was written by ancient Prophets and Apostles, so too is the Book of Mormon. You won't, however, find any of the writers of the Bible writing also in the Book of Mormon. The reason is that they are centraly located on two completely different continents. While God had dealings with the children of Isreal in and around Jerusalem and other surounding areas, He also had dealings with those people who broke of from the house of Isreal and went to the Americas. Show more Show less

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Joseph
I want to share a common saying that we probably have all heard before. Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for the rest of his life. This is the type of principle we apply in our welfare system. We do all we can to support and help the poor and needy. We do so by assisting them in finding and maintaining work, recieving on site training, and a number of other things that promote self reliance. When the situation prevents someones ability to benifit from these services, we help in whatever way we can. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Joseph
Tithing funds are used in all cases to further the work of God on earth. We do not have paid clergy as many churches do. Our bishops, stake presidents, general authorities (which include the 12 apostles and the first presidency), and our missionaries serve completely voluntarily and without getting paid. In fact, in the case of full-time missionaries, they pay to serve. Some of the specific places that tithing goes are to the temples and the work done in them, the building of and maintaining of chapels, teaching materials, missionary materials (such as pass-along cards and scriptures which are given out for free), family history work (we use a number of computers to maintain and build church records for family history), Church education, and other expenses as the church leaders are inspired to use them for. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Joseph
The Relief Society is the Church's women's organization. Since it's small beginnings in 1842, it has grow to be the largest women's organization in the world. It's purpose is to build faith, strengthen families and homes, help those in need, and generally help and strengthen all people. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Joseph
A normal church service for mormons consist in most cases of 3 meetings, each about an hour in length. If you only wish to attend 1 or 2 you may do so. The principle service is called sacrament meeting. In this meeting we sing hymns say prayers and partake of the sacrament (communion) which consists of bread and water blessed by priesthood holders and then passed to the congregation. This is usually followed by 2-3 assigned speakers. Other meetings that we have on sunday are: Sunday school (age based classes for those 12 and up), Primary (age based classes for children 3-11), Young Women (age based classes for females 12-17), Relief Society (age 18+ females), Priesthood (age based classes for males 12+) Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Joseph
We should in all cases put our faith in Christ who is the author of our salvation. In a world of failing morals and weakening spirit, we cannot allow ourselves to trust in the arm of flesh, or in other words, the abilities of men. We must look to the Creator of all things who is Christ. We can trust him because all things were created by Him and therefore He has all power over them. No matter what happens, if we put our faith, trust, and love in Him then He can make all things turn for our good. In order to have faith we must be willing to act. Action is the difference between belief and faith. I can believe it is going to rain outside but if I don't put on a raincoat what is gonna happen when I'm right? Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Joseph
When we read the scriptures we become closer to our Heavenly Father and His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ. We learn all of the things necessary to obtain faith in Him who is mighty to save. As this happens, the way to eternal salvation is opened. We cannot be saved in ignorance. Thus, the greatest gifts of all the gifts of God becomes available and attainable. This is a mighty blessing for not just reading the scriptures but really studying them out and pondering them in our hearts. Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Joseph
Each person in a family has specific and individual responsibilities but our purposes our all the same. As husband and wife work together to raise children they each play a different role. Husbands are to provide for, nurture, teach, and preside over their families in righteousness. Wives are to teach, nurture, love, care for and support their husbands and children. Our purpose in all of this is to provide a physical body for the spirit children of our Eternal Father and prepare ourselves and our children to live with Him again one day. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Joseph
We are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We are called mormons because of our belief in a sacred book of scripture called the Book of Moromon. We believe in Jesus Christ and in the Bible. We believe that the church we have today is the same as the one Christ himself established, which has been restored through modern Apostles and Prophets. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Joseph
YES!!!!!!!!!!! By the power and authority of the Priesthood, husband and wife can be bound or sealed forever. This is the most glorious message that the restored gospel has to offer. The power to have what one "bind[s] on earth" to be "bound in heaven" talked of in Matthew 16:19, was lost for a long time due to the wickedness of the people. This power has once again been given to men on earth and was restored to the Prophet Joseph Smith and has been passed down since then to this day. If a man and woman live worthily they can prepare to enter the House of God, or the temple, and be sealed together for time and all eternity rather than "till death do you part". Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Joseph
If the Apostles were just meant to be around during the time of Jesus Christ then why did they choose another apostle to replace Judas (Acts 1)? We clearly see from this that after the time of Christ apostles were chosen, such as Matthias, and were the key governing body of the Church. Paul teaches us in Ephesians 2:19-20 that "Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone." Without the "foundation" of Apostles and Prophets the true Church of Jesus Christ would have fallen and lost the power and authority which is required to perform sacred ordinances. We believe this is what happened. As the wickedness of the people grew, they began to kill the Prophets and Apostles until that authority was lost. We have 12 Apostles because that authority has been restored. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Joseph
They will teach about the truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, about His atoning sacrifice, and Heavenly Father's plan for our happiness as they have been restored by the Jesus Christ through the Prophet Joseph Smith. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Joseph
YES!!!!!!! We do believe the Bible to be the word of God. Although, through the many years since it has been written, it has gone under a lot of changes and mis-translations. Because of this, it has lost some of it's original power and clarity. We believe that God has provided us with more scripture to help clarify and perfect our Gospel knowledge. These include The Book of Mormon (a record of God's dealings with the ancient inhabitants of the Americas), The Doctrine and Covenants (a collection of revelations from God to the Prophet Joseph Smith and other Presidents of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), and The Pearl of Great Price (other modern revelations not included in the Doctrine and Covenants) Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Joseph
I like to think of authority and baptism in this way... If a police car throws on his lights, what do you do? You pull over. Why? because he has the authority to give you a ticket. So what if an ice cream truck tries to pull you over, what do you do? You probably won't pull over. Why? because the ice cream truck doesn't have the authority to pull you over. In order to perform a baptism, it is essential that we have permission from God to act in His name. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Joseph
“This Church has nothing whatever to do with those practicing polygamy. They are not members of this Church.... If any of our members are found to be practicing plural marriage, they are excommunicated, the most serious penalty the Church can impose. Not only are those so involved in direct violation of the civil law, they are in violation of the law of this Church.” In this dispensation, the Lord commanded some of the early Saints to practice plural marriage. The Prophet Joseph Smith and those closest to him, including Brigham Young and Heber C. Kimball, were challenged by this command, but they obeyed it. Church leaders regulated the practice. Those entering into it had to be authorized to do so, and the marriages had to be performed through the sealing power of the priesthood. In 1890, President Wilford Woodruff received a revelation that the leaders of the Church should cease teaching the practice of plural marriage he Lord’s law of marriage is monogamy unless he commands otherwise to help establish the House of Israel Show more Show less

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Joseph
The Gift of the Holy Ghost is a wonderful thing that is given to all those who have been baptized by the priesthood of God and obey the commandments. This gift blesses our lives in many ways in that we have the constant companionship of the spirit. It warns us, teaches us truth, comforts us and guides us in all that we do. Show more Show less

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Joseph
The Book of Mormon is an ancient record just like the bible in the fact that it was written by Prophets and Apostles from a long time ago. The difference is that it happened mostly on the other side of the world and has different stories and names. It begins with a family with Prophet Lehi, the father of the family at it's head. They lived in Jerusalem in 600 B.C. but were commanded to leave Jerusalem, which they did, and they eventually landed in the ancient Americas. In the end, the record came into the hands of Prophet Moroni who was commanded to hide the record due to the wickedness of the people, who at that time were trying to kill him. The record, written on thin plates of gold, stayed hidden in the ground until 1827 A.D. The same Moroni who hid the record appeared as an angel to a young man, Joseph Smith, who had been called by God to be a Prophet, and told him where the record had been hidden. Joseph Smith obtained the record and translated it by the gift and power of God. The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ and is scripture and the word of God to us in our day. We invite all men everywhere to read it, ponder in their hearts the message it contains, and ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Jesus Christ if it be true. We are promised that if we do this we will receive a witness that it is true. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Joseph
We baptize new members because of the importance of the Priesthood in such a sacred ordinance. Jesus Christ showed us the perfect example that we should be baptized by someone with authority as he was baptized by John the Baptist. We believe that baptism is essential and must be performed by immersion in order to achieve salvation and inherit all the blessings that the Father has for the righteous. We believe that the authority to baptize, or the Priesthood is held by righteous men in our church. Therefore we baptized new members to help them achieve exaltation. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Joseph
The early church practiced polygamy because they were commanded by God to do so. We can see from the bible in the Old Testament that Jacob, later known as Israel, had 4 wives. What was God's purpose in this commandment back then? To fulfill the promises which the Lord gave to Abraham that through his seed the whole earth would be blessed. How would his seed bless the whole earth if he didn't have enough seed to spread over the whole world? The Lord at various times has commanded people to practice polygamy in order to grow the kingdom of God. Aside from that it is against the commandments. We do not currently practice polygamy because it is unnecessary. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Joseph
The Lord is truly the Head of this church and therefore, chooses who the Prophet is. A prophet acts as a mouth-piece for the will of God to be spoken to the people so it would make sense that the Prophet is chosen by Him. The process that follows the death of the current Prophet is that the senior Apostle becomes the Prophet/president of the church. A new Apostle is then chosen by prayer and revelation just as in the bible in Acts chapter 1, in order to fill the vacancy. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Joseph
I believe and testify that Jesus Christ is the Living Son of the Living God. He is the great Creator of heaven and earth, the Alpha and Omega, the Holy One of Israel. He came in the meridian of time, healed people, raised the dead, taught the gospel, called 12 apostles and gave them Priesthood authority, suffered for our sins in the Garden of Gethsemane, bled from every pore, was beaten, battered, bruised, mocked, and hated, was crucified, and finally died so that we might live. He, the Great Jehovah, suffered our sins but He did not lose the battle in death. He was resurrected and therefore defeated satan despite death and hell. This I testify in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Joseph
Nope. Did the Israelites worship Moses? We worship God, the Eternal Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith was just a small town farm boy in upstate New York. Without the help of Heavenly Father and the sacrifice of His Only Begotten Son, Joseph would be just another man. What Joseph Smith did was follow the example and teachings of someone greater, Jesus Christ. We follow Joseph Smith's teachings because he was a Prophet and spoke with and received revelation from Jesus Christ, directly. Through Joseph Smith, we have received the blessings of the Priesthood which brings with it all of the blessings of the gospel. He was an instrument in the Lord's Hand, a leader of this church, a man of God, a Prophet, and a Moses in our day. Despite all of that, he was still an imperfect man who made mistakes that he openly admitted to having. He was often rebuked and reprimanded for his follies by God and was commanded to repent but the Lord uses the weak and simple to confound the wise. I know that Joseph Smith was a true Prophet and that he spoke the words of Christ for us in our day. I know this because of the spirit that I have felt when hearing or speaking about Joseph Smith, the Prophet of the Restoration. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Joseph
I really don't know or understand why some people think we are a cult. We are very similar to other Christian denominations. If you want to know the truth about Mormonism, you can request missionaries on this website. Many people who are against the church use the word cult to sway public opinion against us but the Webster Dictionary definition of the world cult is "a religion regarded as unorthodox" Just because a religion is unorthodox doesn't mean it is bad. We do not follow the widely accepted definition of the Godhead, also known as the Trinity. We do believe in God, the Eternal Father, in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost, but we do not believe that they are all the same person. They are 3 distinct individuals with different bodies. Some of these slight doctrinal differences are what cause some misunderstanding. Show more Show less

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

Joseph
What people call "mormonism" started in 1820 with the calling of Joseph Smith by God to be a Prophet. The Church on the other hand goes way further back, though in those times instead of being called the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints it was called the Church of Jesus Christ. I truly believe with all my heart that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the same church that Christ himself established while He was on the earth. I believe that the Gospel of Jesus Christ as restored to the earth through Joseph Smith was the same gospel that every Prophet of every age lived. Adam taught it to his posterity, Noah preached it to the wicked before the flood wiped them out, Abraham followed it and earned the blessing of innumerable posterity. Moses taught it to the Israelites who then rejected it and Isaiah wrote many wonderful and marvelous things about it. It's the same that protected Daniel in the Lions den, the same that gave King David the blessing of success in battle against his enemies, the same that caused Elijah to be taken up into heaven in a chariot of fire, and the same that John the Baptist preached to prepare the way for the coming of the Lord, Jesus Christ. Christ taught it to His 12 apostles and others while He was here. The Apostles taught it to others after Christ was gone. And now modern day Apostles and Prophets teach it in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Joseph
The Holy Ghost is a personage of spirit, who is a member of the Godhead. He is in perfect unity with God the Father and Jesus Christ but is a separate being. His specific and special mission is to testify of truth. He is the comforter that Christ promised to send after His death on the cross. It is through the Holy Ghost that God works with us, speaks to us and reveals to men His divine will. Show more Show less