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Hi I'm Joseph

I'm a fantasy writer. I'm leaving for my mission in April. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was homeschooled my entire life, and have three younger sisters and four younger brothers. I've loved writing ever since I was about eight years old, and have been reading and writing fantasy since then. Writing is at the top of my list of hobbies, which also includes card flourishing, geek games, listening to music, and way overthinking things. I started attending a community college my junior year, and have completed all the classes I need for my associate's degree, which is fantastic. Currently, I'm preparing to serve a two-year mission in the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo East mission starting in April. My Spanish is pretty bad but I'm working on it. I'm super excited to teach the gospel, learn a language, live on an island, and hopefully not depend on my typhoid shot.

Why I am a Mormon

The biggest reason I'm a Mormon is because of my parents. They both are amazing people who taught me all about Jesus Christ and this gospel. However, I've stayed in this church because of the personal witness I have had through the Spirit of God. There's no one singular event I can look to, and because of that I sometimes ask myself how I do know that this gospel is true. But each time that happens, I feel a quiet, peaceful assurance that this is what God wants me to be and that I'm doing what He wants me to do. The Spirit also teaches me a lot: While I'm studying the gospel, whether it's the Bible, the Book of Mormon, or things that our modern-day prophets have said, the Spirit will make things click in my brain. Connections, realizations, and confirmations of truth snap into my head with no logical source. It's constant, rapid-fire flashes of realization, like lightning bolts. This gospel is so rich and complex, yet so simple and logical, that there is no way it could have been fabricated by anyone except God the Father.

How I live my faith

Right now, I'm serving God by preparing to go out and teach people about Him on my mission. I'm sharing the truths that I know with my friends and coworkers, and I'm learning as much as I can so I can better understand and teach God's children. I've also been working full time to earn the money I need to serve a mission and dealing with a lot of the logistics. Mostly, my life currently is bracing myself for this mission. I have a creeping suspicion that I'm going to be completely unprepared anyway. I am also doing all I can to keep the commandments that God has given me, as well as constantly improving myself. God created man in His image, but we aren't perfect. I believe now the ball is in my court and it's up to me to change myself to be more like Him. Because of that, I always try to find my shortcoming and work on them.