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Hi I'm Joseph

I'm blackbelt martial artist, blacksmith, university student and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Well, I'm a bit unusual when it comes to hobbies. I like sports, but the only ones I really play are Tae Kwon Do and fencing besides the tiny bit of soccer I learned when I was living in The Netherlands and Belgium as a missionary. I like reading and am starting to try my hand at writing as well. I make Chainmaille with my little brother and friends. Chainmaille is a medieval kind of armor that is made of thousands of interlocked rings. Basically it is a manly version of knitting. I have recently gotten into blacksmithing and I enjoy it a lot. I guess I like being creative and making things that will last. Not to mention playing with fire and hammers. I love hiking and quiet big places like the beautiful mountains near my home. Life is good.

Why I am a Mormon

As a child I was a member of this church because my parents were. I have wonderful parents who look the time to read the scriptures with me, pray with me and on their own, and teach me the principles of Christ's Gospel. I will always be grateful for their teachings and more importantly their examples of living the Christian life. Like my mother reaching out to help local families in need even when we did not have much ourselves, or my father climbing, unasked, on my neighbors's roof to fix a broken rain gutter. However that is not the reason why I stayed a member. The reason why I believe is because I have personal experience that it is true. We call that a witness or a testimony. I know that God is real because I have spoken with Him in prayer. Once as a doubting Teenager I was in a testimony meeting with a large group of Mormon youth who were sharing their powerful feelings on their faith. I believed in that it was good and true but I had no such burning feeling and I started to wonder. In the middle of that meeting I quietly prayed to my Father in Heaven and asked Him to just tell me if He was there and if He cared about me. The answer came like a light swelling brighter and brighter in my chest. It felt like a hug with an overwhelming feeling of love and peace. At that moment an impression came to me that was not exactly words but felt like. "This is only a small taste. You can't possibly feel how much I love you". I am not an overly emotional person. But this was real and it was a powerful personal witness that God does live, and that He does love me. This is not the only experience I have had. Usually for me they are small simple things. But they amount to this. I KNOW that God lives, That Jesus Christ is His only Begotten Son and my Savior and that The Book of Mormon is true. In the name of Jesus Christ Amen

How I live my faith

I returned from a full-time mission for my church just a few months ago where I served in The Netherlands (Holland) and Belgium for two years. I was one of the young men you have seen in the white shirts and ties riding by on their bikes. As a missionary I was called to "invite others to come unto Christ, by helping them receive the restored Gospel..." not to "convert people". The focus of my work was teaching interested persons about Jesus Christ and His Gospel as it was restored through the prophet Joseph Smith. Every morning began with a prayer that the Holy Ghost would be with me to guide me in the words I said and everything I did. I also spent several hours in studying the holy scriptures and the Dutch Language. Very early on in my missionary service I was blessed to understand and speak that language which I had never studied before I was assigned to serve in The Netherlands. I consider that to be a gift from God.