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Hi I'm Joseph Hekking

I grew up in France. I'm an Eagle Scout. I am trilangual. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an individual with many interests. I love to participate in the outdoors with the people I love. This includes anything from a chill campout to something a little more intense like base jumping or mountain biking! I have a huge passion for park snow skiing and skateboarding. Some of my greatest accomplishments include: obtaining my Eagle Scout, being accepted to Brigham Young University, participating on a month-long humanitarian expedition to Fiji Suva, and having the opportunity to serve a mission in Antananarivo, Madagascar. I was born in New York, but shortly after I moved to a small town in France called Dijon. There, I had the opportunity to learn French as my first language. I commenced my education in a French public school. At 8 years old, I was baptized in France before moving. After about five and a half years we moved to the United States. There I started learning the English language. I have lived around the Cincinnati, Ohio area for the last 10 years. In between, we moved back to Europe, in Basel, Switzerland, for about 6 months. This is where I first did temple work in the Bern Swiss temple. In high school, I have participated in many different organizations, such as the high school jazz band and orchestra as a bass player. I also participated in the National Honor Society, and was on my high school varsity soccer team.

Why I am a Mormon

Having been born and raised in the Church, I have always been taught to hold on to the basic principles/beliefs of our church. I listened and learned what people had to say, but I never really felt anything for myself. I relied on the testimony and faith of my parents. I went to church because they did, I participated in church-related activities because my parents did, I read the Bible and the Book of Mormon because they did. Later on in life, in my very early teenage years, I began to constantly make poor choices. It hurt myself, my family, and my friends. As I struggled to feel the companionship of the Holy Ghost and the light of Christ, my life felt dark and lonely. For many years I had felt lost and that I was missing something. One day, during my Sunday school class, I was taught a lesson regarding the fact that as we get older, we have to seek the gospel of Christ for ourselves and that we cannot rely on others for the growth of our own testimonies. After receiving such teachings, I decided to bow down to my Heavenly Father and pray unto Him. I sought for His influence and began to really study the pure doctrines of our Mormon church. Doing so didn't happen overnight, but with consistent effort in seeking out the Spirit myself, for days, weeks, months, and even years, I came to feel the love of Christ along with His everlasting Atonement. I came to know that no matter how grievous of sin you commit, Christ and the purpose of His Atoning sacrifice is to cleanse us from our sins so that we may be made clean in order to return to live our Father up in heaven. All He asks of us is to try our hardest to become the best person we can be. We must learn to follow His commandments. I testify that Jesus Christ is the only perfect being who was able to and did sacrifice himself for the sins of the world. He satisfied God's demand of justice so that we may all have the opportunity to be cleansed and become perfected through Christ.

How I live my faith

As a member of my church, living my faith is one of the most, if not, the most important thing to me. Having the knowledge and faith of Jesus Christ and His everlasting light, I constantly seek to follow His example in a way that will spread His light and truth to the world. I consistently strive to be an example unto others in order to show others how they can experience true happiness! Some of the ways I live by my faith in Christ is that I consistently seek opportunities to serve others around me. I do so by participating in the National Honor Society, remaining an active member of my church, participating in humanitarian aid programs that my church offers, and by regularly visiting people with the LDS missionaries. In addition, simply talking to someone in need, saying hello, or performing simple acts of kindness goes a long way when it comes to spreading the Gospel of Christ and His light!