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Hi I'm Joseph M. Grant

I grew up in Mesa, Arizona as a Catholic but I converted and now embrace the fullness of Savior's teachings as a Mormon.

About Me

After many years in the IT profession I became disabled and unable to work. It has given me the opportunity to spend more time with my wife. We have been married going on 38 years, where sealed in the Arizona temple. We enjoy a wide variety of hobbies and I make time to do indexing for the FamilySearch.org project. I think getting to know our deceased family members give us a better perspective on how to improve our lives roday.

Why I am a Mormon

From the time I was baptized and confirmed a member and given the gift of the Holy Ghost I have felt the guidance that it brings in my llife every moment of every day leading me, teaching me and most importantly through the power of receiving the Holy priesthoods of Arron and Melchizedek, I and my family have been blessed with countless small miracles of protection. With what I have learned and are able to truly testify through the power of His grace and the Holy Ghost there is no other church that I could possibly be a part of without being a apostate of all His Glory that I have witnessed these sixteen plus years in His true Church, Amen

How I live my faith

Well I look for ways to serve not only the other members of my ward but also everyone I come in contact with. You never know what is troubling a strangers soul so I go out of my way to try and treat everyone in a postive and upbeat manner. I do my best to attend my meetings as my disability allows and volunteer to assist when ever I can. I have a simple mantra I live by, If a leader in my church asks me to do something I will always say yes as I can testify that the Lord inspired the call to work and the Lord asks nothing of us that He has not provided a path for us to complete the work.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Joseph M. Grant
The Church is completely committed to help anyone in need no matter what church they are in. I remember many years back when my wife and I were living in Tempe, AZ while I worked at Arizona State University. As a result of this major fire in a local apartment complex near the university, a large number of college students were displaced, many with families, from their homes, many lost everything but the clothes on their back. While the fire department was still putting out the fire our bishop along with several other bishops in the are area stake presidency went to the fire to reach out to those displaced to offer them temporary shelter. One leader contacted members to see who would open their home to those in need. Another leader arranged for shelter in motels close by. No one left until ever individual and family was taken care of that night. The following Sunday the Stake leadership planned a clothing drive for those displaced and also requested donations of any furniture pieces that could be given to those in need from the fire. Food was also provided from our local Bishop's Storehouse. This is just one of many times were I have seen first hand that our Church along with the members have given of themselves in the same manner in which Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior has taught and how he would expect us to act. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Joseph M. Grant
I have a strong testimony of the purpose of life and while the official church answer is a clear answer I would like to put in my own words to maybe give a different perspective of the same thing. First and most importantly we are all children of an Eternal Father who loves each and every one of us living on this enormous planet we call Earth. That despite our physical and language differences we are all brothers and sisters who have come here for a great and wonderful purpose and being hateful and out to destroy each other is the exact opposite of his divine purpose. Secondly, our existence here is necessary for us to obtain a physical body as we were previously beings of spirit and intelligence. With this physical body we are to learn how to control our emotions and passions so that as we progress in knowledge we can do so responsibly and with compassion for our brother and sisters. Last but not the least of which is to form family relationships that can and will carry forward with us as we progress eternally with those we come to hold dear to our hearts. It is these things that the great adversary, Satin, the father of lies would like most of all to destroy because he has forsaken the possibility of this having this level of joy and glory. To once again live in the presence of our eternal father and share in the future he has in store for his children. Show more Show less