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Hi I'm Joey

I was born and raised in Utah, USA. I will serve a mission in San Jose California, I am a Mormon

About Me

I enjoy playing the guitar, I mostly play (and listen to) classic rock. I love cars of all types, I enjoy reading about them, looking at them, working on them, and especially driving them. Skateboarding and long boarding are also two favorite hobbies of mine, though I'm not especially good at either one. I hope to attend Utah State University when I return home from my mission to the San Jose area, in California.

Why I am a Mormon

My whole life I have been a part of this religion. Because of this, many times I would take it very lightly and loosely. Though I was happy to go to church, I would sometimes go because it was expected of me, not because I wanted to. As I grew older, this was how I felt about serving a mission, as I felt like I was only going because it was expected of me. I seriously started to contemplate why I was a part of this church, and I realized that deep inside, I knew that it was true. I started to study the scriptures more intently and as I did I grew a stronger testimony about the things that I had been taught my whole life. I realized that I needed to serve a mission because thats what God wanted me to do, and because there were people I needed to bring this "good news" to. For the first time I wanted to serve a mission because I had a desire to, not because it was expected of me. Thankfully my parents knew that it needed to be my decision, and they let me figure out for myself, if I wanted to go or not, and left the decision up to me. I know this gospel is true and that Jesus Christ is our savior, and that Joseph Smith restored the gospel in these latter days. I know that we have a current prophet who faithfully guides us and leads us, through revelation from the Lord. I know that through repentance and faith, we can have eternal life with our families in God's presence.

How I live my faith

For the past year and a half I have been a ward missionary. Because of my job I did not have many opportunities to do missionary work outside of church, however I did teach a gospel class every Sunday. In stead of lecturing and talking a lot, I prefer to let the students teach themselves, so I would start discussions amongst the people who would attend. Since the majority of them were older than me, they were generally more experienced and more knowledgeable about gospel principles. This meant that often as the teacher, I felt like I learned more from them then they did from me. The discussions were loosely based on the "Preach My Gospel" handbook. Often, they would lead to places that I would not expect. My testimony, knowledge, and faith all grew greatly from teaching this class, and I am very grateful for it.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Joey
Though it is encouraged, not everyone is required to serve a mission as it is a personal choice. Those who chose to will go wherever the Church calls them, usually for 18 months to two years. Show more Show less