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Hi I'm Joe.

I'm a husband, a father of three, a lawyer from Las Vegas, and a lover of novels. I'm Mormon.

About Me

I am nearly 6' 3'' and I grew up near the heart of Las Vegas. Several really close friends helped me keep my head out of too much trouble over the years. I later went on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Tokyo Japan. I studied the Japanese language at BYU and worked in the music industry before continuing my education. During law school I worked for the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Washington. In 2013, I became a father. Now, I do my best to serve honorably and wisely in my profession. I like to serve. I make a conscious effort to keep busy and simply be in one place at one time. It's a thrilling ride. In 2011 I married my practically perfect wife Julia. We were married in the Houston, TX LDS Temple.

Why I am a Mormon

I have a personal testimony of the truthfulness of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have read the entire Book of Mormon. I believe it is true. I have prayed about it and felt assured that it is true. I have studied the story of Joseph Smith's sacred experience meeting God. I believe that it is true. I go every month to the Las Vegas temple. I know that I am blessed when I visit the temple. There is a very good spirit in the temple. It is clean and bright there and I always feel like I get a little bit closer to my Savior when I visit the temple. I believe that Jesus Christ established his church again in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and that He is the great exemplar for all humankind.

How I live my faith

I read from the Book of Mormon everyday. I've done so for nearly fifteen years. I was taught to read from the Book of Mormon and pray everyday and that if I did that I would be a better man. This is definitely true. I now enjoy reading the Book of Mormon and feel like I make wiser choices because of it--including my educational goals and marrying my wife. I visit the temple every month. It is a quiet and peaceful place. I like the temple. I am glad that my church leaders have asked me to visit it. I feel good about the way I live my life when I go there.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Joe.
The Atonement of Jesus Christ is the only way which we can receive forgiveness. He sacrificed and suffered exquisite pain for all mankind's sins so that we could repent or change our ways and become more like Him. Through the Atonement we can become clean and pure enough to return to God's presence. Through the Atonement we can also be made perfect. The Atonement includes when Jesus suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane and when He died on the cross. Because of the Atonement we will all be resurrected and one day soon be judged. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Joe.
I'm not the best equipped to handle a question like this. But, I know that there are keys to open doors to freedom and to close doors to evil. 1. Work with Bishops and pray often. 2. Confiding in a close friend who you can trust can be very helpful. 3. Trust in God and trust in good. 4. Go to the temple. Have faith in the temple. 5. I believe every addiction can be overcome and left behind. 6. I believe that truth should and must be followed. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Joe.
The Holy Ghost is a member of the Godhead with Jesus and our Heavenly Father. His job is to confirm truth and to teach us. The Holy Ghost is often referred to as The Spirit or the Spirit of the Lord. The voice of the Holy Ghost is a soft, small voice or feeling. It is very gentle and much like love. As a member of the Godhead, He is all knowing and able to enlighten our minds and hearts. Show more Show less