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Hi I'm Joseph

I am a brother to five, a musician, and a Mormon missionary.

About Me

I come from a large family, with four older siblings and one younger. Most people probably know me as "the quiet one." My dad works for the military, so we have lived in several different states over the years. He also plays the piano very well and taught me to play at a young age. I have since learned to play the trumpet, bugle and organ. I have always loved climbing, from trees and rocks to walls and cliffs. My dream vacation would be to drive across the country, stopping to climb every mountain, hill and boulder that I see along the way. My other hobbies include reading, distance running, food, and various sports. I was very involved in the Scouting program as a youth; I became an eagle scout at 16, then worked at Pico Blanco Scout Reservation for two summers. Following one semester at BYU-Idaho, I left home to serve a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Here we come to the present-time me, a missionary in Wyoming.

Why I am a Mormon

I was fortunate to be born to faithful LDS parents. We were always active in the Church throughout my childhood. My two older brothers served missions, and I was inspired by their example. There was a time, however, when I had to choose this path for myself. I attended one semester of college before my mission, as mentioned above. Time became a priceless resource that was always in short supply. Setting aside time each day to pray and study the scriptures felt like a sacrifice, but I found that it brought greater blessings into my life. The challenges I had in college helped me grow in faith and learn for myself that this church is true.

How I live my faith

As a missionary, I do my best to represent the Church in everything I say and do. I help others strengthen their faith in Jesus Christ and draw near to Him. This does include knocking on doors, the form of missionary work most are familiar with. But it also involves meeting with local members, attending church meetings, teaching less-active members and lots of studying and planning. I love to see the gospel change people's lives as they come unto Christ and experience the joy of conversion.

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

When Jesus Christ first organized His church, He personally called apostles to lead the church after He left. After the Resurrection, Peter became the prophet and spokesman for Christ, who was still the true Head of the church. The same organization is in effect today, with apostles and prophets chosen by God. The First Presidency (the prophet and his counselors) and the Twelve Apostles make no decision without a unanimous vote. When new apostles are called, they have been selected through careful study and prayer on the part of each of these men. When the current prophet passes away, the next prophet will be the most senior of the apostles. God has all power and will place whomever He desires in that position. Show more Show less