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Hi I'm Joe

I am a potter, river guide, father and husband. I'm a fifth generation Mormon.

About Me

I have been married for 40 years. I love my wife and three daughters very much. The girls are grown up and have moved away to make lives of their own. My wife and I are both artists. I am potter and she is a painter. I also work seasonally as a river guide on the Colorado River. I love gardening, hiking, cooking and my church duties. I volunteer one day a week with a group of Native American inmates at the state prison in our county. I enjoy meeting with these men and helping them understand a better way to live and relate to our Creator.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to this faith and have always beed involved in it. As I grew up my father and mother were able to help me with questions about who I am , why I am in this world and what happens after death. They taught me how to pray and receive answers to questions. Their example has always been a source of strength and stability in my life. I have studied the tenets and practices of other faiths and have gained from their traditions and example as well. I am able to recognize the basic goodness that is within all people and their religions. As I have studied the scriptures of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and as I have lived in the covenant that is embodied in it I have been blessed and have come to appreciate more fully the fact that this is the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, that He lives in the Church and its programs, institutions and among its peoples. I feel Him walking with me, informing my decisions, correcting my misconceptions and healing by hurts. As I have watched dear friends come into this church from many different back grounds I am built up by their examples of faith, sacrifice and devotion. I have seen miracles in my life and in the lives of those converted to the True and Living Church that the Savior has given us. I am a Mormon because I feel the presence of the Master in this house.

How I live my faith

I begin each day with prayer, scripture study and meditation. I often walk in the morning and reflect on the beauty of this world and feel gratitude for all of God's gifts. In my prayers I ask for opportunities to serve and bless the lives of others and ask to be able to recognize them when they cross my path. I am always blessed with those opportunities. When this happens I know that my Lord and God knows me and trusts me to assist him in His purposes. I find great joy in this simple practice.