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Hi I'm Joseph

I grew up in North Carolina in a family of 5 children. I'm a cancer survivor. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hey everyone! To start things off, I come from a family of 2 older sisters and 1 older brother, and a younger sister. Only myself and my brother are currently unmarried. I've been attending college for the past few years pursuing a degree in English education. My goal is to teach high school students, and eventually work my way towards teaching college. I'm big into fantasy books and games, my favorite series of games being Final Fantasy. My favorite movie director is Hayao Miyazaki, who works with Studio Ghibli through Disney. When I was 19, I was diagnosed with stage 3 testicular cancer, leading me to have to take a break from schooling and work. During this time, my parents finalized their divorce, and life was pretty tough. Nonetheless, here I am at 22, healthy and strong, and ready to serve.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 8, I was baptized into the church. I've lived as a member my whole life, but I can't say that it was without doubt. Every teenager goes through their rebellious phase, and I certainly had my fair share of them. Even though I was baptized at age 8, I can't say that I was truly converted to the gospel until I was 19. I had fallen away from the church at the age of 16. I was lost and confused with the direction of my life. I didn't care what my parents wanted, and I chose to go about making my own decisions in life. I never did anything that would compromise my integrity or my own personal standards, I just didn't believe what my parents believed. At the age of 18, I decided that I would attend school at a primarily LDS inhabited college. It was there that I began to form my own beliefs. I attended church regularly and met with my Bishop. I also attended a religion course which helped to further my understanding. After my first semester, however, I was diagnosed with stage 3 testicular cancer. This was a huge blow to my life. In fact, this year was the worst year of my life. My grandmother died, my parents divorced, and now here I was in a hospital. But none of that ever shook my new found faith. Yes, things were difficult, but I know for a fact that I could not have gone through that experience had it not been for the love I felt from my Heavenly Father and the blessings that he gave to me through my family and friends. I would like to bare my testimony to you that this church is the true and restored church. Joseph Smith was a a prophet and restored this Gospel in it's entirety to this Earth for this time and this place. Thomas S. Monson is a prophet of our Heavenly Father and receives modern revelation for the members of this Church. I testify to you that the Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ, and it will answer any and every question you may have about life. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

How I live my faith

I currently hold a calling that allows me to work with the cub scouts. Those kids are so bright and ready to learn, and I love teaching with them. One of my favorite activities with them is the pinewood derby race, in which the kids all build their own wooden race car, and then compete to see which car goes the fastest. The friendship that they develop with one another and with their leaders brings in a powerful spirit that fills the room. I also have a calling to home teach several families along with a companion. My companion and I take turns each month scheduling our meetings and teaching, and we get along well. I can tell that he has a strong testimony of the gospel and loves sharing it, just as much as I do. I know that these families appreciate our visits and the message that we have to offer each month. I also know that every month I learn something new, whether from the message that we share, or even from what the families have to offer. Their insight is invaluable, as is the love that they display towards their families. My current situation is in preparation to serve a full time two year mission for the Church, wherein I will go about teaching the gospel to others through use of the spirit and the Book of Mormon, alongside a missionary companion.