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Hi I'm Joseph

I grew up in Utah. I've performed music across the country. I'm serving a mission in Busan, Korea, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the oldest of seven children. That seems like a lot, but I wouldn't have it any other way. I am very passionate about music. I've played the trumpet since I was 10 years old, and the French horn since I was 13. Since that time, music has grown from a hobby into something that I can't imagine living without. Because of the continuous support of a my junior high band director, I learned to love music as I never had before. Because of huge support from my family and teachers, I've had the chance to perform many different types of music all across the United States. I was a 4-year member of my high school marching band, of which I was a student leader for 2 years. Marching band was just one of many groups that allowed me to meet many very great people. I love almost any type of music, and I've tried to do it as much as I can. I've played in groups for jazz, rock, classical, show tunes, wind symphony, formal brass band, and New Orleans street brass band. I was also fortunate enough to travel when I was selected as an All-American in marching band (yes, it exists) in my senior year of high school. I've performed as far east as Washington D.C. and as far west as Southern California, as well as several places in between. In all my performances, both local and in traveling, the best part has always been to meet others and to make them happy through music. That is what keeps me going.

Why I am a Mormon

Being a member of this church has made all the difference in my life. I know that I wouldn't be nearly as well-off without it. One of the things I like most about this church is that it teaches all people to try having a personal relationship with God. It teaches that we can talk to God whenever we need to, about anything, and that He will always answer us and give us what we need to become our best selves. We see God as a loving parent who will always do what is best for His children. This church has also provided me with a family of other Mormons. We look out for each other, and for anyone else we know. We are taught to genuinely care about all of our fellow men, regardless of their religion. We are a network of friends that is 14 million people strong. I haven't found the sense of belonging that comes from this church anywhere else. More than anything else, however, I am a Mormon because I know that I am a member of God's church. We claim to be His church, and no one else's. I have read the Book of Mormon multiple times, and have prayed to know if it is true. God has blessed me with the knowledge that it is. I believe that being a member of this church will bring anyone greater happiness than they think possible. I've felt of that happiness, which I know only comes from a knowledge of our purpose here, and from the blessings from God that come with doing as He asks. I know that this is God's church, and that is the best reason that I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I make my faith a part of my everyday life. I've been a Mormon since birth, but have not just accepted what I was taught. I have accepted this faith by choice, and I try to live it every day. I actively participate in my ward, or congregation. I've served as a leader of my ward's group of young men. I have been called as a full-time missionary of my faith, and will serve for two years in Busan, Korea, teaching others about what this church has taught me.

Are Mormons Christians?

Joseph
We recognize Jesus Christ as the true leader of our Church, and believe only in following his teachings. We believe than the only way anyone can be saved is by and through Jesus Christ. We worship Jesus Christ, and not any mortal person on the earth. We believe that it is by Christ's grace that we may be saved from our sins. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Joseph
Mormons are not required to serve missions. Young men are expected to serve, but there is no penalty if they do not serve. Women may choose to serve, but are not under the same expectation to serve. Men may serve once they turn 18 years old. Women may serve once they turn 19 years old. Seniors also have the choice of serving as full-time missionaries when they retire. Show more Show less