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Hi I'm Joseph A. Ortiz

I am a singer, a writer, and a lover of things Japanese. Most importantly, I am a Mormon.

About Me

My parents raised me to be well-cultured. I love art, reading, listening to all types of music, and going to see a play every now and then. I love all things Japanese: anime, manga, sushi, the culture, the language. It is my dream to go to Japan, the country I call "the land of my heart", and use the Japanese I have being studying on my own for many years. I haven't found a career as of yet, but I am keeping my options open as well as my eyes and my heart. I hope to some day get married and have a family.

Why I am a Mormon

My mom was raised in the church and my dad was converted to the church after I was baptized. There was a time where I stopped attending church, but doing so left a big hole in my heart. It wasn't until I moved in with my sister and her husband that I decided to come back to the thing missing the most in my life: the everlasting gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is Christ's church restored to the earth. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and he restored the church to the earth. I am glad I returned to a church with loving people who believe similar things as I do. I honestly do not see how I got through life without it.

How I live my faith

I live my faith through the indexing of historical records. My family has been greatly involved in geneology and family history. It is really fun to find out where you come from and what interesting historical facts involve members of your family. I believe in that knowing where you come from can help you find where you are to go in life. I also go home teaching. I love seeing how other people in my ward are doing and seeing if they need help with anything. Christ said, "In as much as ye have done unto the least of these, my brethren, ye have done so unto me." There is just such a great, warm feeling that come from serving others.

Are Mormons Christians?

Joseph A. Ortiz
The full name of the Mormon church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. In the church's logo, the words "Jesus Christ" are in bigger print than the rest and is in the center. That is not just witty logo creation. It shows that our church is centered around Jesus Christ and His ministry. We believe that the religion He established in His time has been fully restored in this modern era. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Creator, Lord, and Savior of this world. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Joseph A. Ortiz
Although we believe that intimate relationships are to be within the bonds of marriage between a man and a woman, we are also taught that we are to love our fellow brothers and sisters on this earth. We are all children of our Father in Heaven. We have all been given the gift of free agency. Some have chosen to live a lifestyle of having a relationship with someone of the same gender. Although it is contrary to our beliefs, it is not our place to pronounce judgment upon them. We will all have to answer for our choices in the life to come. In the meantime, we are to love one another as Christ loves us, which is without bias or exception. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Joseph A. Ortiz
The reason why members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are called Mormons is because we have a second book of scripture called the Book of Mormon. Some people believe we are called Mormons because we worship a god named Mormon. Not so. Mormon was a prophet called of God in the Americas. He was a human being like all of us. He was not an omnipotent being like Christ was, though he prophesied through His guidance. The book he helped write, the Book of Mormon, is not a replacement for the Bible, but a supplement. It is another testament of Jesus Christ and His ministry. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Joseph A. Ortiz
Our church leaders, whether they are the church president, the apostles, stake leaders, ward leaders, or quorum or group leaders, are not paid for their service to the church. Their service is paid for through rich blessings from the One that called them to their position: our Heavenly Father. "...when ye are in the service of your fellow beings, ye are only in the service of your God." (Mosiah 2:17) Show more Show less

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Joseph A. Ortiz
Odds are that you have crossed paths with a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, whether it is a friend or neighbor, an associate, or even one of the hundreds of thousands of missionaries serving all over the world. Also, all of our meeting houses say that visitors are welcome to come and check out one of our church services or events. We are a welcoming church and invite all who are interested in learning more about Christ and our religion to freely inquire of us. Show more Show less