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Hi I'm Joseph

I love my home, my country, my family, and my church. I am a mormon.

About Me

I live on the moors in a beautiful part of England and love my life in the country. I share my life with my lovely wife and have a large extended family that are also very important to me. I work in a Business role which is fairly demanding, but also enjoy persuing various interests including hiking, writing and recording music, gardening and keeping animals, and going on as many holidays as I possibly can!

Why I am a Mormon

My parents both joined the church shortly before they met and were married some years ago. I was the last of their children and had both my parents and my brothers and sisters who were a great example to me. As I watched their lives and observed the home I grew up in I could see how much the church benefited our family and was a positive influence in the world. For me the church has an undisputably positive impact in establishing good homes and families, and I have always felt it's teachings can be a real force for good when followed correctly. That said, to be a member of the church and to live by the teachings of Jesus Christ is no easy option. To live by it's teachings takes discipline and commitment, and a conviction that it's teachings are true. Without that conviction it would be easy to internalise the good behavioural aspects and drift away from the daily rigours of a faithful life. I like any person had to find out for myself as to the truthfullness of the religion, it's origins, and it's teachings. God communicates with us all through his spirit and for each of us this is a unique experience. It is difficult to explain fully, but I can say that I feel no doubt that God has on occasions answered my prayers, sometimes subtly and on rare occasions in more dramatic ways. It is through these answers to prayers that I have been able to recieve a witness that God lives and that this church and people are his. In one period of my life I met many people that were deteremined to persuade me that the mormon church was untrue and innapropriate as a system of faith and worhip. Experiences like these have been really helful, as they have prompted me to approach God with specific questions, including whether the church was true in it's origins and teachings, and to receive specific answers through God's spirit. I can say without hesitation or alterior motive that God has answered my prayers and directed my feet on a course I know to be positive and true.

How I live my faith

One of life's great challenges is finding time for all the things I'd like to be able to do. As such I often have to remind myself of the need to prioritise and focus first on the things that matter most, and I have found that as I have done so it brings blessings into all aspects of my life. This includes living by a moral code. I am far from perfect but I do strive to live a clean and constructive life, I try to be selfless and to not be prideful (in the negative sense), and I try to help others within my sphere of influence. As a member of the church I have many opportunities to help those in the church and in the wider community. As a church we do many community projects, and as an individual I visit the homes of various assigned families and individuals each month and strive to watch over and help them in any ways I can. Over the years I have also helped lead young men's achievement programmes (think Duke of Edinbourough award with a few church bits thrown in too) and to teach children's classes on a Sunday. There's lots more too, but in short I try to life a good Christian life, to love my neighbour, to help those in need, to have fun and develop talents and interests, and to generally live my life in a positive and happy way. It's not always easy (not least because I'm naturally a little lazy!) but it is satisfying and rewarding, and brings peace and perspective into my life.