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Hi I'm Joseph

I'm a Contracts Manager for a state correctional agency, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I 'm Papa to six great kids, husband to my sweet wife, a grampa, a backyard beekeeper, a recovering workaholic. I like hanging with the family, cooking Japanese cuisine nearly as much as eating it, watching movies, camping, hiking & jogging.

Why I am a Mormon

Reasons galore! Beside the happy circumstance that I'm a sixth-generation member, I'm a Mormon because I have gone to my knees like so many others have done, to ask in prayer for confirmation that the LDS Church is what it claims to be: the church that Jesus Christ himself established while he walked the earth. God hears our prayers and answers them. He answered mine and he will answer yours. I find purpose and direction in the doctrines and precepts we are taught throughout the church, throughout the world. I cherish the associations I have with some really great folks doing their best to do the right things for the best reasons. It's a great way of life!

How I live my faith

Our congregations (Wards) are supported and staffed by volunteers who give of themselves without being paid, in money, anyway. From the leader or Bishop of each ward, to the Sunday School teachers, the organist, the choir members, we all do what it takes to help one another and to keep the ward growing. As we do, we develop different skills and talents, while we learn to serve (and love) others. Anyone considering becoming a Mormon should recognize that, above all, we are a service organization. I have taken my turn at a few different tasks: I've been a Webelos Den Leader and Cubmaster of our Cub Scout Pack, Scoutmaster in our Troop, Sunday School teacher, missionary leader, activiities committee member, choir member and more. These responsibilities have made a better person of me; I am sure of it. I try to live day-to-day as I think God would want me to do. I am usually not bashful about being a follower of Jesus Christ. I love all kinds of people and I hope that's obvious and somewhat contagious.

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

Great question! Geographically, it was in the state of New York, on April 6, 1830. We believe this to be the time and place of the restoration of the church of Jesus Christ; a restoration, not like a refurbishing or make-over of a church, but the return of precious truths that were lost or taken from the earth. The church Jesus built, with apostles authorized to shepherd his flock in truth and purity, was lost to us when the apostles of the New Testament were martyred. The term "Mormon Church" is a nickname for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We members sometimes refer to it in short as 'the Restored Church." Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Temples are not the same to us as chapel buildings, where we invite everyone to attend worship services on Sunday and may have social, cultural or athletic activities during the week. Temple worship is held in reserve for those whose lives reflect commitment to principles of faith, obedience and fidelity. We go to the temple knowing the Spirit of the Lord is present there. In that environment, sacred ordinances, such as weddings, allow us to maintain family ties for eternity, not just until death separates us. We take these things very seriously. They are sacred to us and we don't chat about them like we would about the weather, or politics, or even religion. That may make us seem secretive. But we are building more and more temples, just so that we can share these sacred things with everyone who is willing to walk the path that leads to the temple. Show more Show less