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Hi I'm Joseph

I grew up in Alaska. I can play all of the brass instruments and I waterski by glaciers. And I'm a Mormon

About Me

I've lived in Alaska most of my life and I can never get enough boating, fishing, hunting, skiing, and midnight sun! I attended a small high school, from which I just recently graduated, where I was able to be part of a group of about 30 LDS friends, which was pretty good I thought for small town Alaska. I played football all four years of high school and senior year in the state tournament, I was awarded the all-state sportsmanship award. I'm also very involved in music. Over the years I've taught myself to play all brass instruments, staring with the trumpet in 5th grade. I am about to serve a mission and I have greatly enjoyed preparing for it. I have a great love for my Father in Heaven, who has blessed me so much, and also my amazing family and the gospel.

Why I am a Mormon

Well my parents are both LDS so I was born into the church. But why am I still Mormon? I have my agency, right? Just because I was born into the church doesn't mean I'm stuck. This is my choice and I refuse to let anyone else's choices or actions effect my personal testimony and my personal relationship with God the Father. Friends and family have been a huge support my whole life. I've never felt like I wanted to leave the church ever, I'm not he rebellious type, but at the same time it was hard to find a motivation the stay. For a long time, I would just go with the flow and live a very idle lifestyle. My life was and still is good, I didn't see the need for scripture study or help from heaven. That was very selfish. Our Heavenly Father loves us so much and we don't ever think about how much. He WANTS to bless us, His children! I'm sure parents can relate to the joy they feel when they have one child and how much they dedicate to make that child's life the best possible, so think of our Eternal Father and ALL of His children! It's truly amazing to think about. He is also a very smart parent though, in many ways that we can't even grasp, so there's a reason He doesn't just make everyone's life bliss. You have to earn it. I like to think of Him and His children as just like an earthly family unit but on a much larger scale (well where do you think the idea of a family unit came from??). Like how adolescents don't always understand the motives of their loving parents, we inhabitants of earth don't always understand the motives our loving heavenly parents! But on a larger scale also. There is so much that we can learn from Him if we just humble ourselves (humble and teachable are synonyms) and be good mature adolescents (no matter your age) and obey His will. Let him bless you! Keep the family unit strong and alive in this world! There's a reason it's set up this way and there's a reason it's being attacked so much.

How I live my faith

I've been an active member of my priest quorum since I was 16 and I love serving my ward by blessing the sacrament as often as I can. Now it is time to serve a mission for two years, which I am very humbled and excited about. It's been difficult, but over the years I've been able to develop a daily prayer and scripture study habit. I love searching the scriptures, I don't know why I never did before. I used to always put homework (which was always procrastinated anyway) over scripture study and even prayer. Bad idea! Most importantly, I live my faith by loving and supporting my family and friends. Keeping a solid family unit is a great way to shield ourselves from the adversary. And now I am privileged to go outside my immediate eternal family to love and serve OUR family, our fellow hosts of heaven, brothers and sisters alike, for two years.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Joseph
I believe that this is a matter that is best dealt with between your Heavenly Father and you alone. When getting started with learning about the gospel, you may be feeding off of others' testimonies, which is totally okay. At some point though, you need to establish with yourself what you believe is true. That comes by asking questions and studying and asking God through prayer. I like to think of it almost like regular schooling. Except this is for our intellect as well as our spirit or soul. I have found this simply through observing life and reading the scriptures. The scriptures are our textbooks and the Holy Spirit is our teacher as we ponder and reflect and invite him into our lives. Its a very personal thing. I don't mean it's personal like something you keep sacred to yourself (in fact, we highly encourage everyone to share their testimony and experience), I mean that it shouldn't be effected by the error of others' actions or words. You can't base your stance with the Church off of someone else's mistake. Like I said, it's a matter between you and the Lord, no one else, and your relationship with Him is what matters most. However, this does not mean we need to never pay attention to anyone or anything else, because one of the best ways we learn is by our own and others' experience. Just remember, no matter how imperfect we are as humans, God's church (not man's church) is still true. We have to make the effort though to fight through things we don't understand. Show more Show less