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Hi I'm Joe

I'm a husband and father. I am an illustrator and university instructor. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love cross-country skiing. I was a lifeguard and swim instructor for several years and still teach lessons to the kids of friends and neighbors. I am a university instructor and teach courses in design and drawing. I have been drawing since childhood and have been working as an illustrator for the last seven years. I have been married for eight years and have one daughter and one son.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised Mormon and was baptized at age eight. Members of the church are encouraged to gain their own testimony, I have remained in the church because I have studied and prayed about its teachings for myself and gained my own witness of its truthfulness. This witness did not come dramatically or all at once; it came from reading the Book of Mormon, praying about it, and living by its precepts. I have seen my prayers answered and witnessed the blessings of following the teachings of Jesus Christ. I know that anyone can know for themselves whether or not these things are true by reading and praying about the Book of Mormon.

How I live my faith

My religion is active. Everyday is an opportunity to make and achieve goals. I like to reflect on the events of each day and assess my progress as an individual and the progress of my family through journal writing and prayer. As I reflect on my life I can see the great blessings that have come from the Lord and all of the opportunities He gives me. Seeing His love for me gives me greater strength to live up to His expectations and reach my eternal potential.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

The greatest answer to this question comes from the scriptures: "..men are that they might have joy." Understanding what brings real, lasting joy helps us to know what our purpose here on Earth is. I believe that real joy comes from developing and cultivating lasting relationships. The most important relationships we can form are the one with our Father in Heaven and those with our family. As we grow closer to God we will have a desire to make the kinds of decisions that will bring us closer to our families. Show more Show less