Hi I'm Joel
I live in Southern California. I lead a sales group for a very large company. I was the oldest of eight kids, but I was not born into a Mormon family. I've coached Little League Baseball and Youth Soccer. I love to travel and I love to play golf. A few years ago, when we found out that a nephew had contracted Cystic Fibrosis, my wife and I founded a golf tournament to benefit research and eradication of that disease.
Why I am a Mormon
My dad loved my mom. He could never be reconciled to the fact that he was married "till death do you part". Why should one have to be separated from the one he loved? Despite his having studied philosophy at one of the world's great universities, he never found the answer to that question. It was another ten years before he was introduced to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints by a neighbor. The concept that Mormons taught that, "Families Can Be Together Forever" rang true. It was such a powerful concept that he won a battle with alcoholism. We began to learn more of the Gospel of Christ, and were baptized, as a family. I am grateful for how our lives changed. As we have drawn nearer to Christ, He has drawn nearer to us. We know that in a tumultuous world, where so many only live for the moment, this concept that we can be "together forever" blesses us with purpose and perspective.
How I live my faith
In the workplace, community, and at home, I try to treat others the way I'd want to be treated. In the world of sales, often times people try to blur the boundaries of ethics in pursuit of the commission. I try to encourage people to do the right thing, and exhibit patience and concern for every individual. Serving in the Church has provided me with opportunities to develop talents and skills that I could not have developed in any other venue. I've helped Scouts pitch tents in the wilderness, organized basketball and softball tournaments, and taught classes about the Gospel. I've gotten a glimpse into how Jesus ministered, by being able to visit widows and help the homeless find shelter.