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Hi I'm Joseph

I grew up in Idaho, I love music, the outdoors, and my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the 6th of 7 children. I love to play sports, make music, go dancing, and eat great food. Being active is part of who I am, and I get restless sitting down all day. I attend BYU, where I have studied Violin Performance, but am switching my major to work with computers because they fascinate me! Music is a passion of mine, and I have entered and won violin competitions, been selected for honors orchestras, and I've played in BYU's flagship orchestra, the BYU Philharmonic Orchestra. I love being outdoors. Activities like ultimate frisbee, volleyball, and anything physical excite me! I love camping, hiking, and canoeing, especially in the Tetons. I grew up a short drive away from them, and they have become my favorite place on earth!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon, mostly because I know the happiness that comes from living this particular lifestyle. Growing up, I always longed for a manifestation of some angel or something to tell me that this was the path for me. But, God works in different ways. He works little by little; here a little, there a little. Over time, I found that happiness came from living God's commandments. As I lived the principles of this church and lifestyle, I found that happiness came easier living the gospel than when I just tried to make my own path. That generally didn't end very well, or very happily! I am also a Mormon because it makes sense to me. The Book of Mormon clarifies those things that have been mistranslated or misinterpreted in the Bible. It teaches us about where we came from, why we are here, and where we go after we die, and has helped me to know in a very real sense the divinity of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Being Mormon has helped me to "walk the walk" of what a Christian should be. I've learned that having good beliefs doesn't do anything for you, unless you act on those beliefs. "Your beliefs don't make you a better person, your behavior does." I continue in this faith and Gospel because of the blessings that it has brought to my life, as well as the blessings that I've seen brought into the lives of others. I've seen so many people that I know turn away from what the Gospel has to offer, and it is always heartbreaking because I know the peace that comes from living the Gospel. The Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Atonement mean more to me than anything because of the healing that it has personally brought to me. It has made conquering addiction possible, something that I know which would otherwise be extremely difficult, and happiness something that can be attained in this life. I will forever be grateful for the precious gift of the Atonement which the Savior has given each one of us.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to be an example of what it represents. There are so many different ways to live one's faith, and I would hope that I am a good example of the way I live mine. I am consistently trying to find ways that I can improve myself to become more like who God knows I can be. I feel his presence leading me, and guiding me to where I can become that person. Basically, I'm trying to be the best person I can be while trying to be a good person to those around me. In the words of Bill and Ted, "Be excellent to each other."

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

A testimony is a spiritual witness given to an individual by the power of the Holy Ghost. Most Latter-day Saints pray to gain a witness that God is our loving Heavenly Father, that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Mediator, and that we have a prophet on the earth today. That is where the basis from which most Mormon's testimonies come from. Anyone can gain a testimony, or a spiritual witness of these things. All one has to do to gain this witness is to pray. God isn't going to ignore our questions, especially if we are confused and we sincerely need an aswer to prayers. That is what I love about Testimonies; they come straight from God through the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less