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Hi I'm Joseph

I'm a Californian. I'm an Artist. I'm a Musician. I'm a Missionary serving in Utica New York. I' Mormon.

About Me

About Me?...hmm...where do I start? I think the easiest place to start is with my beliefs, which have been molded by my experiences, and shaped who I have become. The Gospel of Jesus Christ; such a simple phrase, yet one that has completely and utterly shaped who I am and why I do what I do. A little while back, I was called to serve as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the New York Utica Mission. Over the duration of my time in this mission, I have had life changing experiences that have defined my character, and helped me to become a better person. I love the gospel of Jesus Christ. I love sharing it with others and seeing the happiness that they receive in doing so. The joy that comes from sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ is incomparable to anything else I have ever done in my life. Service to the Lord has become a large part of who I am. Some other notable characteristics: I was born and raised near Los Angeles, California. I am studying Illustration at BYU-Idaho. I love art. I love making it, and viewing it. I love music. I play the guitar, banjo, piano, and ukulele. I believe that God gives us our talents so that we can develop them and bless other's lives with them. I love my family, I love the teachings of Jesus Christ...and yes...I am a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family, and baptized into the church by age eight like most Mormon youth are. I have come to know that this church is true. I have been reassured through prayer that I am indeed a member of the true church. I remember one day very clearly, as I went out on a run through a forest of trees. As I came to a very peaceful and beautiful section of the forest and creek. I stood and offered a prayer of gratitude to my Father in Heaven. When I opened my eyes, I felt peaceful as the wind swept the leaves across my feet. It's moments like these that calmly affirm me that I am in the true church. My testimony has grown immensely throughout my years, especially studying up at BYU-Idaho, and especially through my trials. I testify that this church is the true church of God. I testify that Jesus lives. He loves us. I am so grateful that I can call myself a Mormon.

How I live my faith

There are many ways that I live my faith as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Currently, the most prominent way is by serving as a missionary for our church. As a missionary, I try my best to follow the example of Jesus Christ. Christ taught that we should love others. Developing charity has been a large focus of mine as a missionary. As humans, it is our nature to judge, look down upon, and even belittle others. However, that is not what Jesus Christ taught. As I have gone through my mission, I have learned that in order to truly "live my faith" I need to see people as Jesus Christ would see people. Doing so is not easy. It can often times be very difficult to see everyone as our brothers and sisters. However, as I have striven to do that, I have seen a great deal of personal growth. A hymn we sing in church makes mention of showing our "love by word and deed". I truly believe that this is how we can live our faith. Christ was a perfect example of this. As a missionary, I have the opportunity to not only share this love with others through word (by teaching them), but also by deed (offering service to others in the community and on a personal level). I love it.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Families were given to us to help us through the trials that life holds. Our parents and siblings are here to help us along the path of righteousness. If we are righteous, our families can be together forever. Show more Show less