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Hi I'm Joey

I'm Mormon and served 26 years in the Navy. While serving I met many good people that I shared the gospel with.

About Me

I'm Jose, however, most people know me by my nickname "Joey". I am a 26 year Navy veteran. After 18 months of military service, I married my best friend and sweetheart. She was baptized a short time earlier after being taught and receiving her personal witness that the gospel of Jesus Christ was true. I earned all my formal education while in the Navy. Service in the church and community for me started early in my adult life. At my first military assignment, I was an assistant scoutmaster for a local troop. Additionally, my wife and I assisted in the creation of a new LDS Branch in a small town located adjacent to the Navy base in Puerto Rico. After the church purchased a home for conversion to a meeting house, we along with other members helped in preparing the home to become a house of worship. At age 24, I was called as Second Counselor in the Bishopric of a Ward in Gulfport, Mississippi. Through church service, callings and assignments my testimony developed and prepared me for future service in Bishoprics, as High Priest Group Leader, Ward Mission Leader and Branch President. My new found hobby is collecting music about Jesus Christ and singing at baptisms, sacrament meetings and funerals. I also enjoy electricity and electronics and have completed many projects for persons in need. Professionally, I continue to develop all of the talents I have been blessed with by studying and earning certifications and licenses within my current and past career fields.

Why I am a Mormon

I continue in my faith as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because I know from strong and personal spiritual feelings that I have a Father in Heaven and that His plan, which is called the Plan of Salvation is designed for us to experience full happiness and joy in life. Life's experiences come in many forms for different people. For me it has come through experiencing success as well as working through failures and getting through difficult challenges. I'm a Mormon because I know the Book of Mormon is true. I have personally read it many times. I have also read the Old and New Testament and other modern day scripture. My personal spiritual conviction's alignment with the teachings of Jesus Christ contained in the Bible and the Book of Mormon are sufficient for me to accept that Jesus Christ's church was restored and is alive today in the world. The true and living church is the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My conversion is not tied to any single event. Rather it started very early in my life from a strong feeling that the young boy Joseph Smith truly saw God the Father and Jesus Christ in the Sacred Grove in upstate New York in 1820. My conviction and has strengthened continually in my life as I continue to apply the principle and doctrines contained in the Book of Mormon and the Bible of repentance, prayer, and strive to live a faithful and obedient life of good character, moral courage and service.

How I live my faith

I currently serve in the young men's program of our stake organization, which consists of seven units or congregations. I have served with the youth in Mississippi and the Texas Gulf Coast, Hawaii, and Missouri. I also volunteer on committees in my community home owners association. I recently completed training as a Unit Commissioner in the Boys Scouts of America and also volunteered as the District Round Table Commissioner for 2012. I enjoy teaching the youth when given the opportunity, these have included serving as Sunday School teacher of youth ages 12 and 13 and also early morning seminary teacher of high school juniors and seniors. I consider my greatest work in serving the youth in Hawaii. In my assignment as President of the young men's organization and Scoutmaster, I was given the opportunity to work with other leaders, friends that I consider men and women of God, to help many young men advance to the rank of Eagle Scout and help guide them to serve honorable full-time missions for the church. A very close second is having served as mission leader twice and also as a ward missionary. In those assignments, I baptized one new convert member and confirmed two others new to the church. There is no better feeling. In short, I live my faith by serving others and helping them experience the happiness that I have enjoyed as a member of Jesus Christ's church.