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Hi I'm Joseph Taylor Smith

I live in Utah. I received my mission call, assigned to the North Dakota Bismarck mission. I am totally a Mormon!

About Me

I love to play sports with friends. I finished high school and I am going to serve a full-time mission in the North Dakota Bismarck mission.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because this church, this gospel, is literally the only thing that gives my life meaning. And I have tried many other things, and none of those things satisfied my purpose in life. Only the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints!

How I live my faith

I am about to serve a full-time mission, I have received the Melchizedek Priesthood and I always try to magnify that priesthood, and I am going to go to the temple.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Joseph Taylor Smith
Let's define cult; "a system of religious veneration and devotion directed toward a particular figure or object." In all technicality, all religions are a 'cult' and all members of a religion are 'cultists.' Just based on the definition. But modern society has formed their own idea of a cult. Just like the word apocalypse, which does not mean the end of the world, it actually means revelation. The zombie apocalypse technically means zombie revelation. So yes. I am, by definition, a cultist, or a member of a cult. But every single person who worships something, God or themselves or something else, is, by definition, also a cultist. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Joseph Taylor Smith
The Atonement isn't a thing, it is something Jesus did for each of us. It is an event. He Atoned, meaning he suffered an infinite amount of pain, physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual pain, for each of us. It's a bit like trying to divide by zero, it is incomprehensible, there is no end. Christ's Atonement happened, and His suffering allows every living soul that has been and will be and still is on this earth to be forgiven, uplifted, strengthened, cleansed, purified, and one day, perfected, as Jesus is perfect. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Joseph Taylor Smith
God is absolutely perfect. So is Jesus Christ. They are two separate individuals and work in unity. They both have bodies of flesh, blood, and bone. We are made in God's image. God is the literal father of our spirits, and as such He is our literal Heavenly Father; being our literal father, He loves us all individually and personally. He knows each of us better than we know ourselves; He knows our likes and our dislikes, He knows our strengths and our weaknesses, He knows us personally, individually, so much so He knows everyone's name. We can all come to this knowledge if we will have faith in Him. Faith enough to study His word, faith to ask Him of the truth, and faith enough to receive an answer. Show more Show less