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Hi I'm Joe Patel

I am passionate about music. I can't help but smile. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I have been raised a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon). I come from, what can be considered a standard family size for the UK; 2 siblings. I am a very outgoing individual that is willing to participate in most things. I have a passion for music, which includes singing, playing the piano and dancing. I run an amateur community choir as their Musical Director, and I have recently taken up ballroom dancing lessons again. I would love to learn to play the Cello. I love to learn, and consider myself quite independent. I love to ask questions and always want to know the 'why' behind a lot of things. I studied Psychology, Biology, Chemistry and English Literature at A-Level before serving a full time mission in Scotland for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This was a priceless experience that built upon and strengthened the values taught to me in my youth. I have a great love of teaching, and my goals for my future include studying a degree in Psychology, seeking after a teaching career within the church as well as working as a Counsellor. I currently work as Head of a start up telecommunication business that I am managing the launch of for a Renewable Energy Company. In my spare time, I love watching movies, playing squash, socialising with friends and travelling.

Why I am a Mormon

On a subject of 'why I am a Mormon' I consider this a section of the utmost importance. I have always believed the gospel to be good, it has come naturally to me. However, I can with confidence stand and testify that I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Christ's church. I know it completely. Despite my weaknesses and imperfections, I am continually seeking to improve and follow the counsels of the Lord because it brings me joy and peace. I don't need to prove why I know what I know. If you know me, you will know I do not willingly follow something foolishly. Yet I give a significant portion of myself to the church because I can't not do it. The impressions and witnesses I have received have impacted my life so personally that I cannot deny it. I love my Saviour, Jesus Christ. I know that He lives. I know that He will return to the earth. I know that He loves everyone, and that his atoning sacrifice in Gethsemane and upon the cross was wrought for you, yes, you who are reading this simple and insignificant words. It is the least I can do to declare my witness when I consider all that has been done for me. I have read the Book of Mormon, I know it is God's word. I know it was translated by Joseph Smith, who was called of God to be a Prophet like unto Moses. He did see God the Father and Jesus Christ as two separate distinct beings in vision, and has been the means of great works taking place to allow so much clearer understanding of truth to be enjoyed on the earth today. I pray the Spirit of the Lord may touch your heart, and prick it sufficient that you seek to know more. My friend, you may read my profile and consider me to be simply a normal, average person with a rather busy life. That is true. Yet, my life is full. I feel so blessed due to the knowledge I have. A knowledge I hope that you are interested in sharing.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by doing my best to lead an honest life. To me that means being honest not just with those in the church, but my work colleagues and friends too. I am open about my religious beliefs in the workplace, and many people know me to be a trusted individual because of the way I live my life. Faith is a principle of action, and I don't think I can truly live my faith without being actively engaged in good, wholesome activities. Once example of this, is every year since 2010, I have participated as a volunteer in a youth programme our church puts on for 14-18 year olds. I have volunteered and participated yearly in this programme as a leader and been heavily involved with the event. I have done this alongside a full time job, as many others do, and it is exhausting. But it is one of the most rewarding activities I have been in engaged in since returning home from my mission because I have been actively engaged in living my faith, and assisting others in living theirs. I am a firm believer of the small and simple things being significant. So I try to be kind, and serve where I can. It is not always easy, and I am not always the best. But with our best efforts, we can all make this wonderful world we live in, an even better place.