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Hi I'm Joe

I am a senior in high school. I am the only member of my church in my high school. I'm proud to be a Mormon.

About Me

My schedule is bloated, my free time on a diet, and I'm in over my head. As I walk aimlessly down the hallways of my high school I regret the day Calculus was invented. I accidentally trip over a freshman on the way up the stairs and am late again to second period. In short, I'm just a typical teenager. At the same time though, while its easy to get lost in a sea of faces, I recognize my divine role as a son of God. And that- not my GPA or my sweet new guitar- has made all the difference. Here's some interesting things about me. Throughout my years in high school, I have been on the honor role. I am in the honors track for Math and English- its a challenge and a half. Last year, in my Spanish class, I took the National Spanish Exam. I received a gold medal and scored in the ninety-sixth percentile. My freshman and sophomore years of high school, I was a member of my school’s cross country team. Also, I've been the number two player on my school’s tennis team for two years. I am expected to play in the number one position this year. Also, I love music. Ever since I was young, I had a fascination with music and its ability to influence emotion. My sisters took piano lessons, and taught me the basics. Day after day I sat by myself at the piano teaching myself the rest. Seven years later, I regularly play the piano at church. I have preformed on the piano for hundreds of people over the years. I also play play the guitar, trumpet, and trombone.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I love my Savior, Jesus Christ. It is incredible that I have an Older Brother who loved me, my friends, and my family enough to die for us. I can't even fathom that. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has completely changed my life. Because of this church, I have come to know Christ and the fullness of His gospel, and what that means for me. I have come to learn of the power of prayer, and have seen God's hand in my life. While people attribute many things to coincidence, I do not. Instead, I look up. Please, If you are reading this, pray for yourself to know if this church is true. I bear my witness that as you reach out to Christ, He will in turn reach out to you. God, the most powerful being in the universe, is your Father- you are never alone. I really know this to be true. Also, I know that there is a prophet in the world today and that there are again twelve apostles. The same church that existed in Christ's day is on the earth now. The prophet's name is Thomas S. Monson. If you would like to find out if he really is what he claims to be, just listen to his words. Still, I believe in the Priesthood. The priesthood is God's power given to man. With the priesthood, blessings can be given that heal the sick and seal families so that they can live together forever- it is the same priesthood that the apostles of Christ held when He was on the earth. In all, I know the church of Christ was restored to the earth. That's why I'm Mormon.

How I live my faith

In a world of confused voices, it's easy to get drowned out. The media is constantly shouting in our faces, and our friends question if it's cool to be a good person. Despite all of these negative voices, I have tried to be a positive influence in the lives of those around me. I choose not to swear, I don't do drugs, and I don't watch movies that are inappropriate- even when I have to walk out. I value my religion, my morals, and my character. I will not sacrifice them. In my effort to see the good in the world, I constantly find myself on my knees. Without God, I would be lost. Over the years I feel I have come to know Him personally. With the youth in my church, I have assisted in projects such as caroling at nursing homes, helping people move, emergency preparation fairs, soup kitchens, sending blankets to Africa, writing letters, helping flood victims, cleaning the church building, and helping clean medical equipment for the handicapped. Also, each year my church sets aside a day for a Mormon Helping Hands Service Project. This year we helped paint benches and mulch at my town's park, as well as helped clean the grounds for my community fair which had been struck by a devastating flood. It's important that others see that there still is a ton of good out there- we just have to take the time to look. Also, for my Eagle Scout project I had the community help out and donate probably more than 2000 dollars to help build a new sidewalk for the handicapped. It was incredible.

What is the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon is a testimony that Jesus Christ lives. It is scripture comparable to the Bible and tells the story of an ancient people that inhabited the Americas. It testifies of the Savior's atonement and invites all who read it to turn their lives over to Him. One of the key events in the Book of Mormon was the visit of the Resurrected Christ to the Americas. He taught them and fulfilled His words in John 10: 16, which reads, "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." In Ezekiel 37: 19 it reads, "Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand." We testify that the Book of Mormon is the Stick of Joseph. It is sacred scripture. Show more Show less