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Hi I'm Joseph

I'm from Illinois, and I grew up in a Jewish family. I prayed, received my answer, and joined the Church. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love playing music. I play piano, clarinet, and guitar, and after my mission I plan to major in music performance for the clarinet. I come from a pretty small university town, and I love to go swimming and cycle. I was raised in a Jewish family, until I started asking my own questions and praying about what direction I needed to go in, and I got a resounding answer that I needed to start going down the path that I'm currently on. I can read Hebrew, and speak French (I will be serving a mission in and around Lyon, France). I also have a hobby in geology, and I love to go collecting rocks and minerals. I have an alternative rock band I play guitar in, and that's how I spend most of my weekends when we practice/have gigs.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a Jewish family. I attended services, read scriptures, prayed, etc. A few years after I had my Bar Mitzvah, I started asking my own questions, though. One particular question that started everything for me was why we didn't (to my knowledge) have prophets today. I thought surely if God loved all of His children, He wouldn't just send people to guide them in a certain time period. This question, along with others, and some friends led me to read the Book of Mormon. As I read, pondered, and prayed, I started meeting with the missionaries to learn more about this Church and faith I was having such good feelings from. I gained a testimony of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, and particularly of the Church and Joseph Smith. As I prayed, I received a confirmation of these things. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, and that Heavenly Father and Jesus, through him, restored the priesthood--the permission from God to act in His name--and with that, brought back the saving ordinances such as baptism, the gift of the Holy Ghost, and the means to an eternal family. I am so grateful to be able to serve Heavenly Father, and to be a disciple of Christ, especially in these latter-days. The Book of Mormon, the Bible, and the continuing revelation we have from prophets of these last days is the most full Gospel we have on the earth today, and through it, and study of it, and fervent prayer, everyone who has a desire to will come to know of its truth, and can experience the countless blessings that come with living the standards of The Lord. I can't even begin to describe the blessings I've noticed in my life while I live this way. I testify that Heavenly Father loves all of us, and that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, and he translated the Book of Mormon and restored Christ's Church once again to the Earth. I know that as we pray, ponder, and study, we will gain a divine witness of these things, and I say this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

How I live my faith

A huge part of living my faith involves service to others. Yes, I pray all time, and read scriptures, and that blesses my life in numerous ways, but going out and helping others is another way to do that. It shows a love for community and helps people feel like they matter, too. "And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom, that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God" -Mosiah 2:17. This scripture particularly accentuates the meaning and importance of service to me. Also, I am a Ward Missionary, meaning that helping to spread the Gospel, helping others in additional ways, and going alongside the full-time missionaries is what I am called to do. Home teaching is also really important to me, because it allows us to be able to be there for our friends and brothers and sisters, and check in on them, to share a quick message, and do service for them if needed. This really adds to the notion of care and community within my ward, and I really love that.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

When the missionaries come to your house, they will talk about our Heavenly Father. They will talk about how He loves us, and how we are all His children. They will share the message of the Restoration--how the first prophet after Christ was crucified thousands of years ago named Joseph Smith helped to restore Christ's original church, and how he translated an ancient record in the America's called the Book of Mormon. They will show you a way that you can come to know the truth of these things. They also will talk about the plan that Heavenly Father has for us so that one day, we can return to live with Him, since we are all His children. They will also discuss how we should live, and what we should do to help us stay on this path, so that we can return to Him. They will talk about how wonderful Jesus' atonement is, and how since He made that sacrifice for us, no matter what happens, we can always choose to follow him, and be forgiven of our sins, so that we can start anew and live in the way Heavenly Father would have us live. This is a message that you should listen to, ponder, and pray about, because it was a major turning point in my life, and I've been blessed so incredibly much through the Gospel, and through the things you will hear about. Show more Show less