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Hi I'm Joseph

I grew up in New York. I'm a Husband and Father. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband and father first and foremost. I am interested in pretty much everything, video games, hiking, camping, sports, reading, writing, learning, but mostly, I love people. I love hearing about where people come from, how they got where they are, and where they want to go. I find a little bit of myself in everyone I come across, and I find that I learn the most when I'm listening to others.

Why I am a Mormon

I had two great parents who loved me and did a wonderful job of taking care of me. They taught me what they believed, why they believed it and expressed a hope that I too would share their faith in Jesus Christ, and His church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I was the only member of the LDS religion in my high school, and I saw what people were doing all around me. I thought to myself, I can go out and do all the drinking and partying that most people around me are doing, or I can do what my parents taught me, to be chaste, clean, to avoid alchohol, and drugs. I realized then, that it either was true (the LDS religion) or it wasn't. If it was true, then obedience to the teachings of Christ and his Apostles and Prophets really would bring happiness and freedom. If it wasn't true, I could always just party it up in a year or two, and it wouldn't make much of a difference. To begin I decided to test the truth of what I had been taught. Not the boundaries mind you, but to live in hte way I had been instructed, and to ask God if it was true. It would have been cool to get a response right away, but it took a few years. I was 16, and was doing laundary in the basement of my parents house. I was reading the words of Joseph Smith, "I had actually seen a light, and in the midst of that light I saw two Personages, and they did in reality speak to me, and though I was hated and persecuted for saying that I had seen a vision, yet it was true... I was led to say in my heart: Why persecute me for telling the truth? I had actually seen a vision... I knew it, and I knew that God knew it, and I could not deny it..." That's when it hit me again. He's either telling the truth or not. It's a yes or know question. I like yes or know questions, it makes things nice and simple. I prayed to know if Joseph Smith really was a prophet, and if God's church was on the earth. I recieved a yes, and keep getting one every time I ask. That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I have had many opportunities to serve in many different capacities in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am beginning to realize that how I live my faith has very little to do with "what" I'm asked to do, and very much to do with "how" I do it. Growing up on Long Island (in New York) I learned that everyone is a different, and everyone is important to God. I live my faith by showing my love for others just as God has shown His love for me. I think acceptance of others is one of the most important tenants of my religion, and that even if we cannot agree on every point of belief or doctrine, every human being can find some common ground with another, and if we focus on building that, we can accomplish a great deal of good.