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Hi I'm Joe

I grew up in Maryland. I'm a professional engineer and pursuing a Ph.D.

About Me

I am a student in civil engineering. My research centers around asphalt. It is my intent to save the world one pothole at a time. I love being with my family, playing piano, coaching soccer, playing sports in general, playing board games, and ballroom dancing. I also love to learn. That's probably why I am here back at school.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were introduced to the gospel soon after they were married. They each belonged to different churches and wanted to find one that worked for them both. While in Denver, my dad was seeing a dentist through the military. The dentist shared some things about the church and invited him to meet with the missionaries when he returned to Maryland. Well, he did, and after meeting with the missionaries and working through concerns, and praying to know if it was true, they were baptized and a year later they were married (sealed) for time and eternity together in the Salt Lake Temple. I am so grateful that they sought after the truth and the gospel of Jesus Christ and were determined to keep looking until they found it. It has blessed my life immensely. I have felt the guiding influence of my Heavenly Father throughout my life, especially after receiving the Holy Ghost after I was baptized. I have felt the peace that comes through repentance. I am grateful for the direction in my life and knowing my purpose on earth. This perspective has helped me make good choices and has helped me through the loss of loved ones, including my older brother. I always felt good and comfortable at church. My first powerful witness of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon and that Joseph Smith was called of God as a prophet came when I was about 13 or 14 years old. My friends started asking more and more questions about my beliefs. I didn't have all of the answers and I wanted to know if what I believed, which was somewhat different but similar at the same time, was true. So after reading a little in the Book of Mormon, I began to pray. I first asked if Heavenly Father was there and if He love me. Tears began to well up in my eyes and I felt an indescribable joy and warmth, similar to a loving embrace. I continued with my inquiry and asked if the Book of Mormon was true and if Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. The same powerful answer came and I knew it was true.

How I live my faith

I feel that having the guidance Holy Ghost or the Spirit is the most important thing in this life. I strive to live my life in a way that invites the presence of the Spirit. I read from the scriptures daily and pray until I can feel the love of God each morning. I try to keep away from media that drives away the Spirit. By doing this and keeping the commandments of God I feel that I am more in tune to my Heavenly Father's will and better able to guide my family, provide for them and protect them from danger. My 'calling' in the church is Ward Mission Leader. I love working with the missionaries. I served a mission in Campinas Brazil. I love sharing with my friends the truths of the fullness of gospel of Jesus Christ and how it can bless them. Its blessed my life in so many ways. By living the gospel I feel peace, joy and confidence that can come by no other way. I love sharing with them the promise that as they search and sincerely ask in the name of Jesus Christ if the Book of Mormon (or anything for that matter) is true, they will know through the power of the Holy Ghost.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

I believe that calling/labeling another religion as a cult can be a scare tactic to try to prevent one from investigating that particular religion. I believe one needs to sincerely investigate all religions, get to know the people, see with your eyes, hear with your ears, study it out in your mind, feel with your heart and as Jesus urged in John 14:26 follow the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less