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Hi I'm Joel

I've lived in England all my life, I grew up in Essex, I'm a police officer, I have 2 children and I'm a Mormon

About Me

My name is Joel and I am 31 years old, at the time I wrote this anyway. I am a police officer in London and have been so for 4 years. I was also privy to be part of the Olympics, which is one of the highlights of my career so far. I am a Ward Mission Leader in my ward and have been so for 2 years. I enjoy serving with the missionaries, meeting and teaching new people. It's a great feeling sharing the gospel with others. It's not always easy juggling time between life and the gospel but I can certainly say that it is worth it. I am a father of 2 glorious children who I love dearly. My faith is a great believer in families and the principles it teaches helps me to be a better father. I have 2 sisters who are also members and embrace all aspects of the gospel. I do my utmost best to be the best I can be, by helping others and being an example to Jesus Christ's teachings. Again it isn't easy sometimes but it is definitely worth it. My testimony is still growing and love the desire of living the gospel.

Why I am a Mormon

I've been a Mormon all most of my life. My mother became a member when I was 3 years old and have been member since I was baptised at aged 8. I had a brief time when I was inactive when I was in my late teens. However the spirit always had an influence in my life and I returned to the fold. Some have said that we are not given the choice, as children, to really decide if we wish to follow the gospel. This is not the case we are all given agency and as I grew up I learnt to accept the gospel. I am grateful to my mother and the teachers who taught me the principles of the gospel. As I grew up, especially in my teens, I often questioned the truthfulness of the gospel. However my beliefs grew stronger as I grew up and became wiser. Part of me wanted to rebel but the Holy Ghost always remained with me showed me the way to making the right decisions and stay on the straight and narrow path. When worldly influences begin to affect me I turn to Heavenly Father in prayer and seek guidance and I always get it. I still have to work out the answers but the guidance I receive is always there. I've enjoyed my journey so far and it's been an eventful one and I love being a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I was always taught that frequent conversing or prayer with my Heavenly Father helps us to draw closer to him. I start and finish every day with a prayer and read the scriptures. I find these principles very important and make sure I fulfil them each day. I find that by doing this helps me remain in tune with the spirit. My role as a Ward Mission leader allows me to teach people the gospel and share it in a way that enlightens there lives. Juggling my role as a police officer and church life can often be taxing but I find that fulfilling my role not only blesses me, I find that it blesses others too. I look forward to going to church each Sunday. It is a source of strength that allows me to start the week on a spiritual high. I often have to teach a lesson on a given subject each week. I find it uplifting that my message is heard and may have answers to those who hear it. In times of trial, believe me I have had them, I turn to my Heavenly Father for counsel and guidance. The answer doesn't always come straight away but it comes eventually I know that my prayers are always heard and answered. There have been many times where I've knelt down in prayer seeking comfort and I have always felt the comforting warmth of the Holy Ghost course through me. It is a strong influence in my life and I am thankful for that gift. I can also say that Heavenly Father loves us all and wants the best for us. I always keep this in mind and know for a surety I am looked after.