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Hi I'm Joel Smith

I'm a paintballer, a swords man, a musician, a brother, and I'm a Mormon

About Me

I'm a city kid living in a small town soon to head out into the world. I just graduated from high school and will be heading to Brazil to serve the Lord for two years. I've recently had a lot of medical issues come up involving a restricted ureter and I had to have surgery to fix it. After all this time of health, I never thought I would have this kind of issue before I even left the house. Now that the surgery is done I am praying that this will be the end of it. I want to go back to playing soccer, bike riding, paintballing, and sword-playing with my group of friends. We call our group the Spartans and we're proud to be one of many groups who enjoy the outdoors as much as we do. We already have two of our group headed to Japan to serve missions, I'll be the third to leave home. I plan to come home and go to college, but I still haven't totally decided what I want to do for a living yet.

Why I am a Mormon

I've grown up in the church my whole life. But that doesn't make me a Mormon by nature. I was a rebel when I was younger, doing all the right things on the surface, but doing and saying things wrong underneath. I was at this point when I was encouraged to go with the youth in my church to a camp. For three days I enjoyed games and food with everyone. The evening of the third day we had a testimony meeting, and that made all the difference for me. One young woman in my ward stood and bore her testimony. While I listened, I felt a peace in my heart and a love coming from everywhere at once telling me that what she was saying was true. I was overwhelmed, I knew I hadn't been living the way I knew I could. So that evening I prayed asking my Father in Heaven to forgive me for my rebellion and promising that I would be better. I have since then been living to what I felt God would expect of me, and I know his love is extended to everyone. If he could extend his hand through the testimony of one young woman to a boy who was not the best example, then God can reach out and heal anyone. I know that my Savior, Jesus Christ, died so that I could live again through his atonement. I know my Father in Heaven loves me. And I know that as long as I keep on trying my best, I'll live with my family forever some day.

How I live my faith

I live my faith. My actions are testimony that I believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ that has been restored in these, the latter days. I've been blessed to be relatively healthy by playing soccer and being an active part of the outdoors. I've had the great opportunity to learn to play the violin and I've played it in my church services and seminary classes to share my talents. I'm happy that my talent has inspired others to learn to play instruments and share their gifts. I'm never far from the people in my school where many have heard me play and I'm always willing to help someone in need. Many times, this may just take the form of saying hello, or giving a friendly smile. More often it seems that I'm not just helping others, by helping them I seem to get help in return. I am blessed to be surrounded by friends and people that are connected to each other in the desire to do what is right.