Hi I'm Joe
My wife and I have 3 children and have been married for over 16 years. We live in the Midwest. I work for a multinational company as a technical service rep. Cheryl is a stay-at-home mom. We are active in local sports, Boy Scouts, and our church. We love to camp, play summer sports, and travel together, especially to visit extended family in Idaho and Utah. My work takes me primarily around the midwest as I provide technical service to livestock producers. Sometimes my family comes with me, but as the boys get older and more active in their interests, they are not able to travel with me as much.
Why I am a Mormon
Although I was born to Mormon parents, I remain a Mormon because I have prayed about the beliefs of our religion and have felt the Holy Spirit confirm to me that they are true. This continuing, confirming influence provides direction and peace to me as I continue to develop my faith in Jesus Christ and remain a practicing Mormon.
How has the Holy Ghost helped you?
When I was 14, I wanted to know for myself if the teachings of our Church were from God. I was in a classroom while we were watching a movie about Joseph Smith's First Vision where he saw God the Father and Jesus Christ. When the movie ended, and before the lights were turned on, I closed my eyes and said a silent prayer asking God if this really happened. I had the most peaceful, warm feeling come over me. It was in direct response to the prayer. I had not felt that feeling before when I had prayed. I believe that God answered my prayer and confirmed that Joseph's account was true and that vision really happened. It was a special, remarkable experience, that is very special to me. I know God lives and knows me personally. He answered my prayer. I believe He will answer yours too.
How I live my faith
My wife and I have served in many lay positions within our local church. My wife serves as a counselor or assistant to the local church's children's auxillary president. I was recently called to serve as the Scout Master and in the Young Men's organization presidency. This means I am responsible to help the 12-18 yr old young men develop their own faith, self-reliance, and service to others. I love this opportunity to serve and make a meaningful difference in other's lives. I have also served in other leadership capacities within our local church. Each has been a wonderful opportunity to draw closer to the Lord through the influence of His Spirit.