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Hi I'm Joel

I grew up in Boise, Idaho. I love the BSU Broncos and the smurf turf! I am a husband, a father, a psychologist and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

When I was 21 years old, I was hired as a psychiatric technician at in inpatient psychiatric ward for adolescent youth in Boise, Idaho. It was at this job that I discovered how much I loved being with young men and women and helping them develop and overcome incredible life challenges. It was then i made the determination to become a clinical psychologist. In 2001 I received my PhD in clinical psychology. Shortly thereafter, I joined the Army, and had the privilege of providing mental health care to the men and women who were impacted by the plane hitting the Pentagon on 9/11. After leaving the Army 8 years later, I realized my professional dream and became the clinical director of a residential drug and alcohol treatment center for adolescent youth where I work today. I love working with these youth as they struggle to discover a life worth living! I have been married for 13 years and my wife and I have three children. We love spending time together, especially when it involves anything that is round and can bounce! We are an active family that is involved in baseball, tennis, soccer and basketball! My wife loves music and all of our children play the piano.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 17 years old, I was a pretty typical self-absorbed adolescent. I spent most of my time thinking about myself. My freshman year in college, I did poorly in my classes and wasn't sure what I wanted to do with my life. I decided to accept an invitation from my church to serve as a missionary in Montevideo, Uruguay. For two years I lived in poor circumstances. There was no carpet, no grass, no heating or air conditioning. I spent those two years learning how to care about others and to put my needs last. It was during this time that I came to learn what the Savior had taught in the Bible, when he said, "in as much as ye have done it unto the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." During this time, the black cloud of selfishness slowly disappeared. I slowly learned to care for and see others as our Savior sees us. I learned that Heavenly Father loves all of his children. Through my mission, I discovered that Heavenly Father has a plan for all of us. He calls it the great plan of happiness. This great plan of happiness has done just that for me, it has made me happy! As a result of learning this plan that Heavenly Father has for all of us, I have become a better person, a better husband, and a better father. I have come to understand that I am a son of God, that Jesus Christ is my Savior and perfect example. As I try to pattern my life after His perfect example, i have come to find true happiness. In my efforts to become more like my Savior, I discovered a book that has changed my life. This book is called the "Book of Mormon." I have read this book multiple times. Each time I read it, I learn more about my Savior and I feel closer to him. I try to read from it each day. It helps to remind me each and every day of the type of person I am trying to become. The person whose life was changed as a young man living in South America. A person who loves his Savior and wants to be like him!

How I live my faith

I am a Bishop in the "Mormon" church. A Bishop is a person who is asked to lead a congregation of between 200-400 members of the church. Bishops typically serve for around five years and then return back to being a normal member of the congregation. As a bishop I am not paid, but volunteer my time. I work full time as a clinical director of a Residential Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center that is not affiliated with the church. As a Bishop, my primary responsibility is to work with the youth of the church. I spend each and every Tuesday night and some weekends with youth ages 12-18 having fun! My goal is to help them learn to become happy adults who pattern their lives after the Savior. I spend time with them camping, playing sports, learning new skills, talking about life, and helping them avoid some of the problems that many youth encounter. In short, I want them to know there is someone who loves them, cares about them, and is available to them whenever and wherever. I want them to know that they are sons and daughters of a loving God who knows them and loves them! As a husband, a father of three and a person with a busy career, time is very valuable to me! People not of my faith often ask me why I agreed to be Bishop when I don't get paid and it occupies so much of my time. My response is simple. I have been so blessed by my understanding of the gospel and this great plan that Heavenly Father has for all of us that I want to share it with others! Everything blessing I have in my life can be traced back to my understanding of the gospel and my decision to follow my Savior. I feel so blessed to have been given this gift that I feel that I will never be able to adequately re-pay my Heavenly Father for what he has given to me. I want others to have this same experience and to feel this tremendous change in their life. If I can help just one person as a Bishop, or as a friend, then the sacrifice of my time will have been worth it for me.