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Hi I'm Joseph

I'm studying international relations and German, I love life, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Arizona but grew up in Utah. I love college - I'm at school in Philadelphia double-majoring in International Relations and German. I love learning languages (I've been learning German since 7th grade and have studied Spanish for the past few years as well) and visiting new countries. I love learning about new places, people and cultures. I'm fascinated by the problems and questions the world faces and hope to be one of many seeking solutions to these problems as a force for good in the world. I love music, whether classical, hip-hop, or even country (sometimes). I listen to it, sing it, play it (on the piano or organ), and dance to it. I've sung in choirs my whole life. For me, very little can compare with the feeling that comes when your voice blends with others to create something beautiful. There's something highly spiritual about those experiences. I served as a missionary for the church for two years and loved it. Life is about finding joy and I have found none greater than when teaching my brothers and sisters about the Gospel of Jesus Christ as I strive to live according to the Savior's teachings myself. I'm so grateful Jesus Christ has restored the fulness of His gospel to the earth today!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because the restored gospel of Jesus Christ makes me happy! The principles taught by the church ring true to me - they just feel right. Like everyone else, I have questioned and doubted, but as I have searched for answers, God has helped me to find them. His Spirit always sends me peace and confirms my belief. As I try to follow Jesus' teachings and the commandments He gives through His prophets, I see God's hand more and more in my life, guiding me, blessing me, protecting me, and leading me to opportunities to serve others. Obedience to the gospel allows me to feel the "fruits of the Spirit" described by Paul in the Bible: "love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance" (Galatians 5:22-23).

How I live my faith

I strive to live my faith every day. I study from the scriptures and pray every morning - it's the best way to start the day. At church, I serve as a secretary to the congregation's men's organization. We strive to serve each other and anticipate the needs of other members of the congregation so we can take care of each member as the Savior would have us do.

What is the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon is best described by its subtitle, "Another Testament of Jesus Christ". Just as the Bible contains the teachings of prophets in the Old World, the Book of Mormon contains the words of prophets who lived in the Americas and also taught the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon provides a witness that the words of the Bible are true and that through Jesus Christ, all mankind may be saved and find everlasting peace and joy. I love to study the Book of Mormon because it invites the Spirit of God into my life. It helps me to feel closer to Jesus Christ and have a greater desire to live according to His teachings and His perfect example. I know the Book of Mormon is true because I have asked my Heavenly Father in prayer to confirm that truth to me. God has answered my prayer in powerful ways that fill me with peace and joy that is difficult for me to describe. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

I had a lot of time to think about this question while proselyting for the church for two years! For me, the answer comes down to this - we are all children of God and He wants all of us to return to Him, receive eternal life, and have joy. These wonderful gifts come only through Jesus Christ, who stands at the head of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, His restored church. I chose to proselyte because God has answered my prayers and confirmed to me that these things are true. He has filled me with love for His children all around me and I can't help but want to share the joy I have found in the gospel with them. The gospel cannot and should not be forced on anyone; instead, everyone needs the opportunity to find out for themselves if our message is true. Our invitation to all echoes the invitation of Jesus Christ Himself: "Come and see." Show more Show less