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Hi I'm Joseph

I'm from California. I'm good with my hands and there I helped my Dad in his woodcarving business. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy being around other people and spending time with my family. I'm a Dad and have two children. I love to run, eat out, and learn new things. I enjoy photography, graphic design, and using my hands. I just finished the cosmetology program as a barber and will begin work soon at a local barbershop. I'm excited about life and love opportunities to grow and learn. I love to help others and see them have as great a privilege as myself or better. I love the idea of Mother Teresa Elder Holland shared, who said she only adds a drop to the ocean, but if she didn't help out the ocean should be one drop less.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up I felt great trust and love for my parents and family. I loved the way I felt going to church and spending time with my brothers and sister for things such as family home evening and daily family scripture study. For a good time though, I simply went through the motions of the gospel, thinking my mission would be that turning point. What I see now that I was missing, was the power of the Priesthood; I already had the authority. However, one must live worthily to access it's power. At an early age after I was baptized I had committed a grievous wrong before the Lord and I never confessed it before God, fearing what my parents might think of me. My mission would be a time things would be better, I thought to myself. So in my early years after being confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints where hands were placed on my head, with the words "receive the Holy Ghost", because of my bad choices and never repenting I was actually living in spiritual darkness in daylight. My mission was a turning point still and the love of my bishop helped me on the pathway of repentance. Pain like never before I felt there, but joy like never before too. From the darkest depths of despair the light of Christ let me keep going. Repentance was hard, but every effort brought the miracle of forgiveness, giving packets of sunlight to further continue forward. Healing came with the forgiveness as I continued to plead for Christ's grace and try to keep God's commandments. Being Born Again did come and no longer do I have any desire to do evil but good continually. I know God is our Father and Jesus is the Christ. I love the Book of Mormon and know with certainty it's God's word for us today. Because the Holy Ghost witnessed the book's truthfulness on my Mission, all the other facets of the gospel come into correspondence even when there are many things I don't know. Jesus Christ is my personal Savior and Redeemer and I know I will see him again one day.

How I live my faith

Each Sunday I attend church for three hours where I partake of the Lords emblems or the Sacament. Sometimes I pass it to the congregation. Currently I serve as a ward missionary and help out the missionaries in my ward by helping them teach lessons to their investigators, drive them where they need to go and bearing witness of the reality of the living Christ. Each month I assist and team up with my home-teaching companion to inspire, encourage, uplift and serve families in my ward. I share spiritual messages with them, bear my testimony of the truth, and serve their families both temporally and spiritually. I like to give gifts or treats to these families often to show my love for them and an honest desire for them to be happy.

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

All peoples are God's children. Those who have sufficient should give to those who have not. This shows love for God and one's fellowman. God blesses others most often through another individual. So by serving and giving to others through the welfare program and fast offerings all are able to have what they need and God is able to bless those that have, by their service to those who have little or insufficient. All are able to share in what is not really theirs but actually the Lords to begin with. Show more Show less