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Hi I'm Joseph

I enjoy playing soccer and singing with my friends. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I have played soccer all my life and it's one of my favorite outdoor activities. My dad started me when I was really young and it's something I fell in love with. I never played on a school team but I did play on a competitive team for a long time. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know lots of people and I learned a lot about commitment and overcoming obstacles while playing. I also enjoy camping, boating, and hiking. Basically anything that allows me to get out of the house and into the mountains or something like that. I am a huge fan of music and enjoy listening to it whenever I can. I listen to most everything and sing along whenever possible. I wouldn't say that I'm a great singer but I sang in choir for a year and a half during High School and that was a blast. I also did a couple of musicals and sang in a group with a few of my friends a few times for assemblies and stuff like that. I play the harmonica and guitar and enjoy messing around on the piano when I get the opportunity even though I can't read piano music very well. I have fun with it though and I try do do everything I can to make people smile. If there is a good joke to be made then I will make it. Few things in life make me as happy as making someone else smile and laugh.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into this religion as both of my parents are strong members but eventually I decided that I needed to find out for myself if this church was true so I took Moroni's challenge in the Book of Mormon to read and pray about the book and I remember receiving a strong impression that it was true. I know that the impression I felt was not me telling myself that it was true just because my parents were members. The feeling that I felt was something that was from God. It's really hard to describe but it was this feeling of absolute peace and comfort that said to me that the things written in the Book of Mormon are true and that Joseph Smith was a prophet called of God. Since that moment, I have never had any reason to doubt this church and, by abiding by the teachings in the Book of Mormon, I have found happiness and joy in my life. There are many times where my faith influenced my decisions and I don't like to think about where I would be right now if I hadn't had God in my life. I'm not saying I would be in some awful circumstances or something like that but I know that I would not be the person I am today. I have a very firm belief that this church is true and I am so grateful for my membership. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet and that, through him, God restored his church to the earth in it's fullness. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, that it is to be used as a companion to the Bible, and that both books teach us things that will bless us in this life and in the life to come, when we live again with God. I am so thankful for all of the things God has done for me in my life and for the man that he has made me today. I am also thankful for the sacrifice of his son, Jesus Christ, which made it possible for me to be forgiven for my sins and return to live with God some day. I know that Thomas S. Monson is a prophet of God in this modern day and I am thankful for the things that he teaches so that we can continue to grow closer to God.

How I live my faith

As of right now, I'm a missionary. I get to be one of those guys walking around in a white shirt and a tie wearing a name tag and talking to people about what we members of the LDS church believe. It's been such a blessing in my life and I can't believe how much I have learned about me and about my relationship with God while I've been doing this. For those who don't know, members of the church have the option of going out on a mission for the church where we spend two years in a different part of the world teaching people about what we believe and stuff like that. I've been called to the California, Santa Rosa mission and have served in different places such as Fairfield, Crescent City, and Heildsberg. While in those places I went around with another missionary and we shared our beliefs with other people that we met. It has been a great opportunity for me to grow closer to God and to share my faith with others. Even though some people aren't interested in what I have to share, I have felt my belief in Jesus Christ grow stronger as I've done my best to share it with others. Some may think that missionaries like me are crazy for doing it but I know that this is where I need to be right now.

What is the priesthood?

Joseph
The Priesthood is the authority to act in God's name. One way I like to think of it is kind of like the authority that police have. Let's pretend that I'm driving down the highway going 25 mph over the speed limit and there is a guy in his ice cream truck that sees me. Well, he turns on his music and starts up some of the little flashy lights on the outside and takes off after me. When I pull over he comes walking up to me and starts writing me a ticket for speeding. Now, I don't have to pay that ticket because the ice cream man doesn't have the authority to write me that ticket. If a cop saw me going that fast though, he could pull me over and then I would be obligated to pay that ticket because of the policeman's authority. It's kind of the same way with the priesthood. When Christ was on the earth, he gave the priesthood to the apostles but when they died, that priesthood authority was taken from off the earth. It wasn't until Joseph Smith received the priesthood from Peter, James, and John (who were all resurrected beings at this point) that the priesthood, or that authority to act in God's name, was back on the earth. Show more Show less