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Hi I'm Joel

I grew up in Benton City. I'm an Eagle Scout. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've grown up in a small city, right outside of the Tri-Cities. I've graduated high school, in which I wrestled for three years and performed on stage several plays and musicals. I'm athletic, and as such, always hungry. :) I have received my mission call and will leave December 18, 2013 to serve in California to teach others about what makes me so happy. I am an Eagle Scout, and as such, love the outdoors, learning and experiencing new things. I love my family, church, and life.

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a Mormon? I'll tell you. Before I had a testimony, and my mom was just bringing me to church, it all just made sense. It felt good to go and to be there. I felt connected because of all the support from all the families and friends I made in the church. Then my testimony started to grow. Because of that, things started to clear up, and I understood things a little clearer, still foggy, mind you, but clearer. My friends from school, non members, made decisions that weren't what I had been taught, and so I just thought that they were making bad decisions. The more I've gone to church, and magnified my callings and duties, my understandings been broadened, and my testimony more concrete. I am happy. I see others not so happy, and I want them to be happy like me, which is one of the biggest reasons I am going to serve a mission, to invite others who don't know all that I know, and haven't have felt what I have felt, to feel the Spirit and experience the true joy of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in their lives. I am a Mormon because I would be lost without it, I would probably be doing things that would ruin my life. Being a Mormon, you have support everywhere around you, not only in your home town, but throughout the world, to encourage you to be better and to make righteous decisions to keep you happy and on the road that leads you to heaven and eternal life. Knowledge truly is power, and the more I learn, the brighter it gets. I want others to straighten out their lives, be happy, and learn the gospel so that we can all return to God's glory in the end. I am proud and privileged to be Mormon. I know, without a shadow of a doubt, even though I am young, that this is His church, a true church. Other churches aren't all wrong, it's just that they don't have all the pieces of the puzzle, but are doing the best they know. I am Mormon, and I'm proud.

How I live my faith

In my church, I participate in in an age group 18 years and on, in which I teach a lesson every third Sunday for the thirty five minute class from a book titled, "From the Life of Lorenzo Snow" Of course that's not all I do. I go out and help the local missionaries in their tracting and lessons, I give service to others as often as I can. Whether that means going out and helping to build a fence, or simply opening the door for someone or giving a needed smile. Anything to try to help others. The other big thing that I do, is to make the most of what I'm doing. And, when I'm not teaching, I'm a student and a member. I learn as much as I can, and I try to contribute to my priesthood callings as much as I can. I conduct the music every week for priesthood, I go home teaching, and I do whatever is asked of me.