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Hi I'm Joel

I'm a computer nerd, a board-gamer, a coach, and a snowboarder. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My seven kids keep me hopping and make it easy to be happy. My delightful wife lights up my life and keeps me humble. 

Why I am a Mormon

The tenets of the Mormon Faith have helped me to be more charitable, focused and happy. I've grown closer to God by praying, studying the scriptures, listening to the experiences of others and by attending Church. I love Mormonism and love being a Mormon!

How I live my faith

God wants us to be happy. The Book of Mormon teaches that we exist to have "joy." I try to live my faith by being happy, by serving others, by raising a family, and by adding to my wife's happiness. I try to be the best I can be as a a father, husband, professional, friend and neighbor. I realize that I'm not perfect, but love the fact that I can continually change myself and improve, or in other words repent.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Joel
Some have a narrow view of what constitutes "legitimate religion" or Christianity, and have a tendency to throw any relgion which doesn't conform to their standards into the "cult" category. Some have an axe to grind with the Church for any of a variety of reasons and use the term purely to disparage out of spite or to push their agenda. Some are uninformed. They think members of the Churh have secret pagan rituals or still practice polygamy. (Church basketball may very well be a pagan ritual, but it's an institutional vice worth having.) Others have been harmed (or feel like they've been harmed) in some way by the Church or its members. That's the unfortunate one. We mormons should strive to always live the principles of our religion which include loving everyone, no matter the religious preference, race, gender, socio-economic status or sexual preference. Show more Show less