Hi I'm Joseph
LDS (Mormon) Army Chaplain in Germany
I am an Army Chaplain serving in Germany with my wife of 18 years and 4 children. I have been in the Army for almost seven years. I have the best job in the world. I get to work with people of all faith backgrounds to nurture them along their life's journey and help them through difficult times. I also get to work with some of the most amazing leaders and people that our country can produce. I am humbled that the Lord has allowed me this privilege.
Why I am a Mormon
I am a Mormon because I believe it. I believe in the divine origin of the Book of Mormon. I believe it was translated by the gift and power of God by the Prophet Joseph Smith. The Book of Mormon promises us that if we sincerely seek a witness from the Holy Ghost of its truthfullness, we will receive one. I have received that witness. For me, the only possible response to having received this witness of the Holy Ghost was to live my life in accordance with the teachings and principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as taught in the Bible and the Book of Mormon and to become a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Everything good and positive and of worth in my life has come to me as a result of that decision I made more than 20 years ago to commit my life to Jesus Christ.
How I live my faith
As an LDS Army Chaplain, I wear many hats. Not only do I strive to meet the needs of my LDS brothers and sisters here on our FOB (Forward Operating Base), but I am also tasked with the challenge of providing worship services to Christians of all backgrounds and, if needed, to ensure access to worship opportunities for minority faith communities. It is a unique opportunity to share faith with others of diverse backgrounds. I try to relate as best I can on common ground and focus on the things we share so all can feel safe in sharing their spirituality with me. I conduct Bible Studies for non-LDS service members and Scripture Studies (Book of Mormon, etc.) for our LDS service members. With all of my duties, I also try to squeeze in my personal devotional time every day. This consists of scripture study, prayer, and contemplation. Living one's faith in a combat zone is a challenge. It is hectic and busy and often not very spiritual. Negative influences surround us - which makes that personal time with my Heavenly Father all the more important.