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Hi I'm Joe Nielsen

I teach Arabic at Lone Peak High School in Highland, Utah. I enjoy cycling, playing racquetball, and

About Me

I grew up in a small town in southeastern Idaho. While in high school between summers, I spent most of my time working for the rancher the lived a few miles to the south of us. I enjoy learning about other people's cultures and their way of life. I began college studying engineering, but choose to I graduated from college in Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic. In my spare time, I enjoy cycling, running, and playing racquetball, playing the guitar, dancing, and working my commuter car, a '79 Plymouth Volare, also called a Duster. I've never considered myself to be very mechanically inclined, so working on this car has been a great learning adventure.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a religious home. My parents are also members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormon Church). They took me to church every Sunday throughout my childhood and adolescence. As an adult, I continue in that tradition because of my own personal testimony and the spirituality of my religious experience. I have read the Book of Mormon and prayed and asked God if it is true. I have a personal witness from Him that it is true. Through my testimony of the Book of Mormon, I know that its translator, the Prophet Joseph Smith, was called of God to restore the Church of Jesus Christ and the fullness of His gospel. I know that Jesus Christ is my personal Savior, the benevolent Lord whom I serve and worship and I strive to make Him central to my daily life.

How I live my faith

As a member of my student ward, I assist my fellow members by helping them make appointments with our bishop. I thoroughly enjoy serving, because I have opportunity to meet and get to know nearly all the other members of the ward on a first name basis and also interact with our ecclesiastical leaders regularly. They are imperfect people, as am I, but we are doing their best to follow the example of our Savior set.