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Hi I'm Joe.

I live in North Carolina. I am a dentist, a husband, and a father. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a North Carolina native and have practiced dentistry in my home town for the past 20 years. Following my mission to the great land of Japan, I attended college in Utah. My wife and I have been married for 25 years and we have been blessed with five children. Outside of work and church service, I enjoy spending my time hunting, fishing, and playing golf.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised a Mormon by parents who both converted to the LDS faith from the Baptist church. I am so grateful for my membership in the Church for so many reasons. I am thankful for what I have learned about my Savior, Jesus Christ, and how the standards of the Church have helped me stay close to Him through the years. Many of my friends in high school or college could not understand why I would not do certain things that were accepted socially but were not in compliance with the values and standards that I had been taught. They were amazed that I would leave school for two years and serve a mission in a foreign land. I have found that these standards actually gave me more freedom and allowed me to enjoy the companionship of the Holy Ghost continually. The doctrines of the Church have always just made sense to me. I know that we have a loving Father in Heaven who is always there for us. He is involved in and cares about the intricate details of our lives. He wants us to communicate with Him and we always have that option 24/7 through personal prayer. I have felt HIm close and know that He does love us unconditionally and just desires that we come near to Him. I have a strong testimony that Jesus is the Christ, the Savior and Redeemer of the world. This Church is often accused of being non-Christian. That could not be further from the truth! We believe in Christ and worship Him and know that it is only through His infinite and eternal atonement that we can attain a remission for our sins and gain salvation. I know through the teachings of this Church that there is a life after death and through ordinances of salvation offered in the holy temples we can be linked or sealed together as families for not just "death till you part," but for "time and all eternity." What a comfort this is and what peace this brings to my soul. I know that death is not the end, but through the atonement of Christ we will all be resurrected one day. I am so grateful in these tumultuous times on earth, when good is often displaced by evil and chaos reigns, that we are lead by a prophet of God. We are taught in Amos 3:7 that "God will reveal His secrets through His servants, the prophets." I know without any reservation that Joseph Smith did receive revelation from God and did actually see God the Father and Jesus Christ in that grove of trees in the spring of 1820. From that time until the present a prophet has been on the earth to not only speak the mind and will of the Lord, but He has possessed the priesthood authority necessary to perform the saving ordinances of salvation, like baptism. I am so grateful for our prophet today who leads the Church, President Thomas S. Monson. He is a man of God. I am also so grateful for the further light and knowledge we have through additional scripture, namely the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. The precious teachings in these sacred books have blessed my life immensely and have brought me closer to my Savior, Jesus Christ. I know that many say that nothing should be added to the Bible. I love the Bible and know that coupled with modern day revelation, we have all that we need to guide our lives and protect us from evil. I know the Book of Mormon to be the word of God and have been blessed with great light and understanding as I have read, pondered, and applied the teaching of this holy scripture. I could go on and on about why I am a Mormon, but I guess it all boils down to this. My membership in this Church has helped me be the best husband, father, friend, and person that I could be. It also has allowed me to partner with God in a very real and personal way. I will be forever grateful for the beautiful peace gained from the doctrine of Christ found in this Church.

How I live my faith

One of the things that I love most about this Church is that it gives every single member an opportunity to serve and share their talents. I have had the opportunities through the years to teach Sunday School classes to the youth, to work with the men in providing service to those who are less fortunate, to be a Scout leader with the young men, to assist the missionaries in the church work with our members, and most recently to be called as a lay minister in the congregation. I have had the responsibility the past six and half years to serve as a Stake President. This responsibility places me in a position of leadership where I have a stewardship over eight congregations in the local area, numbering about 3000 members. Despite the significance of this position, it is completely voluntary and I do not get paid any money for the service that I render. This is the case for all of the lay ministers in our church. We do it because we know that the call is from God and that He will bless us and our families as we serve. As part of my responsibility, I visit the different congregations (called wards and branches) and offer training to their lay ministers (bishops and branch presidents) and oversee the teaching and ministering that goes on in each unit. We have a great desire to fulfill the desires of our prophet, President Monson, by "Reaching out to Rescue" and "Strengthening the Rising Generation." I work closely with the members to assist them in overcoming weaknesses and strengthening their relationship with Christ. My weeks are filled with interviews and meetings and visits. However, I can honestly say, despite the fact that I am often pretty tired at the end of my day of dentistry, I am always renewed and strengthened when I am out serving others. I always come home happy and refreshed and know that with the Lord's help, I was able to make a difference in someone's life.

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Joe.
I feel that many of us do not really believe that we can have a personal relationship with God. I have found through the years that we speak to Him through prayer and He often answers us through the scriptures. I cannot count all of the times that I have received answers to my problems or questions while reading the written word. I also have come to learn that when we feel that He is far away, it is because we have moved not Him. If we will recommit to reading and praying and redouble our efforts in serving our fellow man and just strive with all of our heart, might, mind, and strength to live the commandments, we will be filled with the Holy Ghost. This will allow us to come to know Him in a very deep and meaningful way. Show more Show less