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Hi I'm Joe

I'm from a small town in Northwest Missouri. I am excited to be able to serve a mission. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love football and was captain of my high school varsity football team. I also enjoy singing and was a member of my school's show choir. I was the Salutatorian of my class. I love learning and talking to other people about their beliefs. One day, I hope to be an elementary school teacher at an inner-city school where I can teach children to love to learn.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up a member of the Church. When I was twelve I decided to find out for myself if this church was really God's church on the Earth today. I read the Book of Mormon and sincerely prayed to know if it was true. I received my answer. Since then, I have grown stronger and stronger in the faith. I know how much it can bless peoples lives. I want everyone to have the opportunity to accept God's church.

How I live my faith

I am a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I love the message we share, which message is all about Jesus Christ. I have seen the happiness that this church brings to people's lives, and desire to share it with everyone.

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Joe
Christ said, "Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." We believe baptism (being born of water), by someone holding the proper authority from God, to be an essential ordinance of salvation. In Corinthians, we learn of baptisms for the dead. Church members can perform proxy baptisms for those who have passed away without an opportunity to be baptized, thus fulfilling the prophecy in Matthew which states, "And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world." Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Joe
If one wanted to come to know their biological father, they would call him and talk to him! Likewise, the best way for us to come to know our Father in Heaven, is to talk to him. We do this by praying sincerely, by pouring out our souls to him. We must also keep his commandments if we want to draw closer to him. John 15:10 says, "If ye love me, keep my commandments." By doing what he has asked of us, we show our love for him, and as a result draw closer to him. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Joe
We believe baptism by proper authority to be an essential ordinance of salvation. Imagine I wrote you a note that said, "Bobby has permission to drive on the roads within the state of Missouri." You take my note and hop into your car and begin driving in Kansas City. If you get pulled over, the policeman won't accept at my note as a licence for you to drive. I didn't have the authority to give you permission to drive. It is likewise with baptism. Jesus Christ gave his disciples the authority to baptize. That authority was lost after the apostles were killed. It was restored, by the power of God, to Joseph Smith. Because of this, we believe we are the only church on the Earth today with the proper authority. Show more Show less