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Hi I'm Joseph

I am a Poet, a writer, and a future philanthropist.

About Me

I treasure my past. I treasure the good times and as strange as it may sound I especially treasure the bad. The reason I treasure the bad is not just because of the lessons I have learned from going through them. It is not because of the strength I have gained through facing the various trials I have been through. The reason that I treasure the trials I have been through is because thanks to all that I gained from going through them I have been able to relate to several people who, if it were not for my trials would have ended their own lives. Because of abuse I suffered as a 3 year old by the time I got into school I was already depressed. From there I quickly became the target of bullies all throughout my schooling years. From there because my family was unable to reach out to me I fell deeper and deeper into depression. I actually got to the point where I truly believed that if I were to have ended my life that it would have made everyone else's lives better. Now I am at a point in my life where I feel more peace comfort and joy than I can even comprehend. I have been blessed with an understanding of people who have lost all hope and through that understanding I have been able to help numerous friends from the depths of their despair to see the same joy that I have found and for that experience I will go through all of the sorrow in the world. Now I have started to even find a new joy in life, writing. It is one that I really look forward to exploring.

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a Mormon By Joseph Kemper 13 August 2013 I prayed And asked my Lord How do I follow How do I serve Thy will No voice was heard No light was seen But an answer was given An answer that I will trust An answer that I will follow An answer that has brought me joy An answer that has brought me hope An answer that has brought me peace An answer that has brought me Closer to my God

How I live my faith

My Faith By Joseph Kemper 13 August 2013 My faith is my life Christ is my Lord Him will I serve Forever and Always Not for blessings Though I know They will come I serve his will Because He is my Lord And He is my God As I learn His will I will shape My life To follow The will Of Him Whose paths Bring joy and hope

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Joseph
When I think about all of the billions of people who have lived on Earth and never had an opportunity to even hear about Jesus Christ, let alone have an opportunity to follow his commandment and be baptized, I shout for joy at the idea that I can give them that opportunity. All we are doing is giving those who have passed on, without the opportunity to accept Jesus Christ into their lives, the opportunity to accept or reject our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This is only possible thanks to the mercy of Jesus Christ and for His mercy I am both humbled and grateful beyond description. Whenever I am getting baptized on behalf of someone who has passed on I hope and pray that they accept the work I am doing on their behalf. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Joseph
No we view Joseph Smith the same way that you may view Peter James or John. The same way that you view Moses, Abraham, or any of those other Biblical prophets. We are grateful for what they did for us, and recognize the part they played in God's plan for us. We honor their achievements but we do not worship them, and most importantly we recognize that without God they would not have been able to do any of great things they did. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Joseph
My Lord, Jesus Christ By Joseph Kemper 12 September 2013 I praise his name And learn his word I trust his mercy And follow his will I lean on his arm And stand by his power To His name alone Do I bow And His will alone Do I serve Him alone Do I follow I am a Mormon I am a Christian Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Joseph
Those who serve missions will frequently save up to be able to pay for the cost of going on a mission. Occasionally, as in my case, some people come from a poor family and the idea of saving up money to pay for a mission is simply impossible. In cases like mine there are many people who will help them be able to pay for their mission. In my case someone helped me to pay for the entire cost of my mission. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Joseph
The Word of Wisdom is the Lord's law of health for our day. In it we are given various instructions about what we should and should not eat. We are also told about various other things that could influence our health and the Lords opinion on them. This is not the first time that God has told his people what they could and could not eat. The first time was while Adam and Eve were in the Garden of Eden. They were told "Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat" (Genesis 2:16-17). The second version that we know of was contained within the Law of Moses. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Joseph
The Book of Mormon is a record of God's dealings with the ancient inhabitants of the Americas. It testifies of the Bible and as result one cannot believe in the Book of Mormon and not also believe in the Bible, for both are the word of God. Show more Show less

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

Joseph
I guess the best way of summing up what we believe is by saying we believe in trying to become better people and helping those around us to become better as well. We are all human and we all make mistakes. When I make mistakes I try my best to correct it and then to never do it again. I get the motivation to continue trying to be a better person is thanks to my beliefs and the blessings that God gives me. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Joseph
Thomas Spencer Monson is our prophet today. We frequently refer to him as President Monson. He will serve as our Prophet until he passes away, and then God will call a new Prophet. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Joseph
Everyone I have ever talked to who felt that the church was a cult have had many extreme misunderstandings about our beliefs, and that seems to be the cause of that idea. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Joseph
John 3:5 tells us that one needs to be "born of the water and of the Spirit" before they can "enter into the kingdom of God." We believe that passage refers to both the need of baptism like Jesus Christ was baptized, and the need to receive the Spirit or the Holy Ghost. We take that passage literally. We believe that every person needs to be baptized in order to be able to be saved. There have been many people who have not had the opportunity to even hear about Jesus Christ let alone believe in him or be baptized. In His mercy Christ has allowed us to be able to stand in place of those who have gone before us, the opportunity to receive baptism. When we perform a proxy baptism for someone who has passed on, what happens is that they then get an opportunity to accept or reject that baptism, based on how they feel about what we did for them. If they do not accept our believes about Christ then they do not have to accept that baptism. If they do then they receive the blessings from it. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Joseph
We are encouraged to serve missions. If you do not answer the call to serve it is between you and the Lord. My Grandpa one of the greatest men I have ever known never served a mission. When he passed away the town went all out to pay him a fitting tribute. He lived a great life and helped a lot of people out. He just never had any desire to serve a mission. He, for as long as I can remember, was an active and faithful member of the Church. To the best of my knowledge no one ever held the idea that he did not serve a mission against him. For me going on a mission was something that I had wanted to do from before I can remember. It was literally my childhood dream come true to be able to serve a mission. The dream being fulfilled aside, I grew a lot from serving a mission. I learned to trust in the Lord a lot more, and I learned how to have Him in my life more. It was an experience that changed who I was and will impact the rest of my life. It was an experience that I will treasure for the rest of my life as well. If I were to take a guess I would say that most members of the church tend to be more like myself than my grandpa, but I could not give you any kind of numbers. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Joseph
Well for starters in conversations to call us members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is quite a mouthful. So the idea of coming up with something else to refer to us as just came naturally. Part of the reason that Mormons became so widely used is actually because of our belief that God has given us additional scripture called the Book of Mormon.   Show more Show less

What is faith?

Joseph
To me faith is hope put into action. I can hope that Jesus Christ is my Savior, but if I move forward and do my best to follow his word and apply his teachings into my life, then I have faith. To me faith is casting aside your doubts and fears to try to trust in the Lord. Time and time again as I have done this, I have found my faith rewarded. I have found strength that I know I did not have, I have found answers to help friends that were suffering with a problem that I was also struggling with, really the list goes on, but the answer remains to me simply faith is hope put into action. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Joseph
In reality we would love for nothing more than to see everyone in the world to be able to enter into the temple. For me the temple is a place that I go when I need to get some help with a huge challenge. It is a place that I go when I want to shed the burdens of the world and feel close to my Savior. The temple for me is a place where I can find answers to any problem that I may face. When I am overwhelmed by the events of the world, I desire to go to the temple because, I find peace there. I cannot help but want to share the experience of the temple with the whole world. However just like with a high quality college or university, to preserve the environment there a college and a temple must place standards and qualifications to be able to enter. However unlike a high quality college or university, the qualifications that are put in place for being able to enter into the temple are not so much to preserve the environment of the temple as much as they are put in place to prepare the individual for learning what God wants to teach them there. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Joseph
One cannot accept the Book of Mormon as scripture and not also accept the Bible as scripture. The Book of Mormon testifies of the Bible. The Church wants the members to us both so much that our current editions all have an extensive foot note system that includes cross references to passages that discuss similar things. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Joseph
Shortly after she found out I was a Mormon, I had a Manager ask me about my views on homosexuality. I only thought for a brief moment about the answer I would give. I knew she was gay so I wanted to be respectful towards her choices in life, but I also wanted to stand firm in my beliefs. So I decided to answer something that I believe is completely true. I believe that to practice Homosexuality is an abomination in God's eyes. However I also believe that to condemn or ridicule someone for that choice is just as much if not more of a sin in God's eyes than Homosexuality. We went on to work together for several more months and though we have now lost contact with each other I am grateful I stood my ground that day and grateful that I took that moment to ponder and learn about a side of what has now become a very sensitive issue. Even though I had already known it I guess you could say that in that experience I gained a testimony that while God wants us to stand our ground when it comes to the principles of righteousness He also wants us to make sure to try to respect those like my former manager and friend that help to create situations where we need to take a stand. Now the only thing I need to learn is how to find that delicate balance in every situation. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Joseph
Really in one way or another it is all used to help out the members. Sometimes it is used on a local level, other times it might be used in some far off country to help build a chapel for a group of people that might not otherwise be able to afford it. For me the big thing that I think about when I think about for the usage of tithing is my mission. Serving a mission was my childhood dream come true. However I did not come from a family that had any capability of supporting me in that and I was not able to save up the kind of money that was needed. However I was still able to serve a mission. I do not know where the money came from but I think of that when I think of tithing. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Joseph
In some ways I really don't care why. For me it is a simple matter of an opportunity to help the work of the Lord along. When I am asked to serve in some position in the church, it is not a matter of stature, it is a matter of service to my fellow members and to my Lord and my God, and for me to even want compensation for something like that conflicts with the essence of who I am and who I want to be. Show more Show less