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Hi I'm Joseph

I'm a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

About Me

I am a delighted father of four adult children and a grandfather of two wonderful boys. I am married to a wonderful wife who is a gifted administrator and doting grandmother. I am a mechanical engineer trained in leading teams in creative problem solving. I am a cancer survivor and have continued my hobbies of backpacking - including a four-day trip into the Grand Canyon - and bicycling in spite of having cancerous muscles removed from one of my legs. I like both the analytical and artistic side of things. I thoroughly enjoy serving others - whether it is building a wheelchair ramp or taking trash to the curb - and find great joy in serving in the church, including serving for several hours weekly in a nearby temple.

Why I am a Mormon

About the time of my nineteenth birthday, I realized that there are moral absolutes that can not be argued away. I also concluded that I need divine assistance in life’s journey, so I started praying and trying to live a moral, religious life. I also found that God could do a better job of making me and others happy than I was doing, so I enlisted Him as my primary guide. I have discovered that he loves me with perfect love as the perfect father that He is - on the one hand He accepts me as I am and on the other hand strives patiently to help me become the best that I can be and to be happy, peaceful and joyful. I feel a great sense of debt to Him and Jesus Christ for the blessings of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, for it has brought me peace and spiritual light. When I first started this journey I did not know what I know now that anchors me amidst challenges great and small: I am literally a child of God as are all people His son, Jesus Christ, is my personal redeemer and the redeemer of the whole world God, is unchanging and revealed himself to prophets and regular people in the past and speaks to prophets and to us today - though rarely with an audible voice. There is great power in prayer; we can each be enlightened, comforted and guided by the Holy Ghost. God has established His church on the earth with all of the authority of the ancient prophets and apostles and some of that priesthood authority and power is born by millions of its members, all of whom belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The list of things that fill me with gratitude goes on an on. This is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I start and end each day with personal prayer. Daily I also study scriptures. I also pray with my wife and children still living at home and have a separate prayer with just my wife. I believe that work is less about making money and more about being honest, ethical and working hard. I seek inspiration for my work so what I do can affect the products our company makes and the people with whom I work. I am a part-time volunteer leader at church and typically spend a couple of nights a week in church service - I prefer to go to people’s homes and help them, whether it be with understanding a scripture, planting a garden, fixing a room, preparing a child for baptism, giving a priesthood blessing or comforting a person whose spouse or parent or child or friend has just passed away. The priesthood I bear, which was conferred on me by one having authority from God, is literally the power of God delegated to man to act for and in behalf of God for the salvation of mankind. It is an integral part of my life.

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Husband and wife form the nucleus of the most important organization in society: the family. Husband and wife work side by side sharing the duties and pleasures of raising children to become independent, happy and spiritual. The roles of husband and wife and how each does things differ slightly, but they are united as equal partners who value each other’s help and counsel. Husband and wife are stronger when they allow themselves to be complimentary, instead of trying to be identical. 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?

Mormon temples are sacred places, like the temples of Israel mentioned in the Bible. Associated with those ancient temples were strict commandments about who could enter, what cleansing rites were required of them prior to entry and what they could do while in the temple. Entering temples of the Church of Jesus Christ requires similar standards with the intent of maintaining the holiness of the temple and the worshipful attitude of those who enter therein. What goes on in the temple is not secret, but it is sacred, therefore much of it is not spoken of accept in sacred places and during sacred moments. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints nicknamed Mormons go to the temples at times when seeking spiritual guidance or spiritual comfort. They also perform sacred ordinances there, included baptisms for deceased ancestors, eternal marriage - so it can last beyond the grave - and the endowment, which is for making sacred covenants. Show more Show less