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Hi I'm Joel

I'm a law student. I love the outdoors. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I grew up in the Mojave Desert in California, and I loved being close to the mountains and the beach. I was really involved with Cross Country and Track in high school, and I've tried to keep competing since then. I want to feel that I'm contributing directly to society and am currently in grad school studying public administration.

Why I am a Mormon

My father was baptized when he was 21. My mother and her family have been members for generations. While its true that they brought me to church, I eventually had to make my own decision about my faith. I'm a Mormon because I've felt in my heart an answer of peace when I've prayed to God for guidance. He's answered my prayers and given me the assurance that He lives, that the Book of Mormon is a miracle and a witness that He called Joseph Smith as a Prophet, and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not only inspired and good but His church under His direct guidance to a living, modern Prophet. I've seen the good that living the gospel of Jesus Christ can bring into people's lives. It is literally a transformative power, a miracle! One of my favorite quotes from a recent President of the Church is: "The Lord works from the inside out. The world works from the outside in. The world would take people out of the slums. Christ takes the slums out of people, and then they take themselves out of the slums. The world would mold men by changing their environment. Christ changes men, who then change their environment. The world would shape human behavior, but Christ can change human nature...Yes, Christ changes men, and changed men can change the world." This gospel is the only answer to every problem in the world. Principles, not political policies and legislation, are the bedrock of a functioning society. All of the truth, the principles, of the Gospel of Jesus Christ are in this Church. All of these things are why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Right now I'm part of a smaller congregation in the church called a "branch". Its actually set up specifically for young unmarried people. I go to church on Sundays from 1pm-4pm. Some Sunday evenings we have special meetings we call "devotionals" or "firesides". Families in the church are counseled to have a family meeting every Monday called "Family Night". Since everyone in our branch is single, we all get together at the church to have our own Family Night. It usually consists of a short spiritual thought, a game of some sort, or a service activity. I also visit members of our congregation, give short messages, and see if I can be of any help. We call this "home teaching". Essentially, we all try to help each other out. Jesus taught that the way to eternal life is to know the Father and His Son. I feel that by reading the Book of Mormon and the Bible everyday helps me get to know them. I don't let a day go by that I don't study the scriptures.

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Joel
Mormonism teaches the same doctrine of baptism that you find in the New Testament. It is essential to be saved in the kingdom of God. John 3:5 It must be performed by servants authorized by God. Hebrews 5:4 It must be by immersion, completely under the water. Romans 6:3-5 It must be followed by the bestowal of the Gift of the Holy Ghost. Acts 19:3-6 Acts 2:38 Show more Show less