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Hi I'm Joseph Hess

I grew up in Utah. I am an artist, an avid movie lover, and a student at BYU-Idaho. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Utah and lived about a year of my life in California just for the fun of it all. I love to draw and paint for hours on end, read good books, hang out with my friends, work out, and watch great movies and TV shows. I come from a family of 4 boys, of which I am number 2. I love my family very much and consider them the greatest blessing that I have ever received from my Father in Heaven. I served a mission for the church in the great state of West Virginia. I love the people out there very much and have made many great friends. My future plans include getting married and starting a family, joining the US Marine Corps, and working hard to earn an aeronautical engineering degree.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into this church by great parents who love the Lord. I am a seventh generation Mormon. I am very proud of that heritage. Great ancestors that led the way for many people, myself included, to have a knowledge of a loving God and a knowledge of His plan of salvation. I was a baptized a member when I was 8 years old. Throughout my youth though I found questions that I couldn't resolve. How can I be happy in this world? Where is the relief for my pain and grief? Does anyone truly care about me? I lived my religion outwardly, but I never let it sink into my heart and actually mean something to me. When I was 17 I decided that there were some things that I couldn't overcome by myself or the help of dear friends. I turned to the scriptures and to my Father in Heaven. I came to find a Father that loves me deeply and desires nothing but my happiness. I found out that He provided a Savior to redeem us from our sins, but further than that, I learned that He also saved us from our pains, afflictions, and sorrows. I found out that focusing on others and serving their needs provided more happiness than I ever could have imagined. I didn't learn these lessons until I decided to turn to the Lord and ask Him for the help I needed and couldn't find anywhere else. I found my way was hollow, but His is full of peace. And I thank my God each day for this. I was baptized when I was 8, but I am a convert of 17. There's no way I can ever turn from this gospel again.

How I live my faith

I have decided to spend my life in the service of other people. I've found that when I focus solely upon myself I become negative and depressed. When I help other people in any way I can I find that I can bring happiness into this world. Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior. He showed us that we need to lose our lives in the service of others if we are to find ourselves. I have a desire to bless everyone's life as much as I can, so I decided to come out to the dear land of West Virginia to bless the lives of people there as a full time missionary for 2 years. I plan to help and serve others the rest of my life by sharing my testimony of Christ as often as I can.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Joseph Hess
A testimony is an outward expression of inward belief. A testimony can be expressed in many ways: the words we speak that express what we believe, but also the way we live that can be a more powerful statement. A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' testimony is founded on the belief that Christ lives and that he has blessed mankind with His authority throughout time. Beginning with Adam, the first man, to Moses, to Abraham, and eventually the apostles, this authority to act in Christ's name has always had a presence on the Earth. We believe and have firm testimonies that this authority, or permission, from Christ is once again found on the Earth, and that it was restored through the prophet, seer, and revelator, Joseph Smith, and through his successors is still on the Earth and has the ability to lead and guide us in these latter days. This testimony, based on this restoration of authority is also the testimony that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord's church on the Earth that is preparing it for the return of the Messiah. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Joseph Hess
In no way do we worship Joseph Smith. Yes, he is the prophet of the restoration. Yes, he performed many mighty miracles, not the least of which was the publishing of The Book of Mormon. Yes, through him much good was accomplished in this world. Yes, he is the one who started up this church in the latter days. But no, we do not worship him. We recognize in all things that he was only but an instrument in the hands of Lord to help Him fulfill His work. This is not Joseph Smith's church, this is Christ's church. He stands at the head of it, and no man can fill that place, including Joseph Smith. Joseph Smith brought many to the truth, but in all of his teaching it was to draw others to Christ, and that is the mission of the Church in these days as well as it was then. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Joseph Hess
The simplest way to answer to this question is this: he was a boy with a question. But don't we all? So what was his question? A little background here. Joseph Smith lived in upstate New York during a time of religious excitement. Many churches were springing up and vying for the attention and membership of the local peoples. Joseph Smith was caught in the middle of this great religious upheaval, as was everyone else around. His question came down to the same one that everyone else asked themselves at one point around him. Which church should I join? Where is salvation to be found? Joseph Smith was an honest seeker of truth, just like the rest of us are. He took his time though and didn't just through himself at the nearest or most pleasing denomination around. He learned from the first chapter of James, verse five to ask God. And that is precisely what he did. He prepared, and when he was ready, went and asked God his simple question. Joseph Smith received an answer to that question, one far more profound than he anticipated. God the Father and Jesus Christ came to him in response. He was told that no church had the fullness of what he was seeking. Joseph Smith, then a boy of 14, was called to be the prophet of the restoration of the fullness of Christ's gospel. Just as Moses, or Abraham, Joseph Smith once again was given the authority to act in the name of God. Through this power he translated The Book of Mormon, which testifies and verifies all of things to be true. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Joseph Hess
Because all men and women are imperfect beings, we all make mistakes. Daily we fall short of our true and eternal potential. When forced to make a decision, sometimes we choose the wrong one. Because of those decisions, there are consequences. Those consequences take many forms, such as guilt, shame, regret, and so forth. Many times there are even deeper consequences which cause actual harm to others around us or ourselves. Jesus Christ was provided as a Savior from a loving Heavenly Father for that pupose. He saves us from the negative consequences of all mankind. Christ made it possible that if we turn to Him, do our best to fix our mistakes, turn from our sins and keep His commandments the best we can, there can be a restitution made. We can be clean once more from all that makes us unworthy. In addition to this, Christ has given us a promise. A promise that this life isn't the end of our experience on the earth. Eventually all of us will regain these bodies that have been provided for us. "For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive." (1 Cor. 15:22) Adam was the first man placed on this earth. He and his companion, Eve, made a choice that influenced all mankind. Because of this choice man was now able to die. This death would be the end of us except for the infinite grace of a loving God. Because of Jesus Christ, sin has no hold on anyone, and the grave has no victory over us. We each can return to live with God again. Clean, and whole, and perfect. Show more Show less