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Hi I'm Joe

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

i was bon as the only boy out of six kids. I have five sisters and I am the next to youngest. I practice law in Bellevue, Washington. I enjoy that because I get paid to learn and solve problems. I think I do a good job. I like people, word, books and physical activity. I just turned 59 and still can't' believe that I am old enough to be the same age as my dad when I thought we was pretty old. I guess that means I can now wear clothes that are "mature" looking. I am married to a beautiful, blonde wife who is much better looking than I am. We are the parents of four wonderful sons three of whom are married to wonderful women. Our youngest son is 21 and just returned from full-time mission for the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. (He is not married at this time.) He served in Paraguay. Our oldest son, who just got married, serve a full-time mission in Taiwan and California (Chinese speaking), our second son served in Greece, our third son served a full-time mission in Brazil. My wife is a fine artist and sculptor and an excellent writer. We met just before I started law school and were married n the Seattle, Washington LDS Temple in November of 1981. My law office is about a mile from my house and I have been practicing for nearly 20 years. I cannot believe how the time has flown by. We don't know what to do or where to go when I retire. We've traveled a bit, and even though we think we'd like a sunnier place the mild weather suits us.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to parents who were active members of the church. I served a full-time mission for the church in the State of Ohio from 1971 to 1973. It was a hard experience and I had never prayed harder in my life. I wanted to know God and know truth and live by it. I wanted t know for myself that he lived and that Jesus was real. I did not want to rely on my parents conviction. I had always felt that God loved me. I knew my parents loved me. As I prepared for mission service as a young adult, I knew that I could not serve unless i had a spiritual conviction that the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ was true and that the restoration of that Gospel through Joseph Smith was also a true, actual event. As a result of earnest prayer and faith the Holy Ghost has touched my soul deeply, not only once, but over and over again, with the powerful peace and conviction that God lives, Jesus the Christ lives and that they are real, glorified individuals who are all powerful and who love us beyond measure. I feel the spirit of The Book of Mormon every time I read it and know that it is not a book written by man, but is the word of God for it does teach us to do good. I am also deeply moved by the injunction in the Articles of Faith which encourage us as members of the church seek after anything that is virtuous, lovely, praiseworthy or of good report. That is a creed that opens up the whole world to my belief. How could one not want to live by that directive?

How I live my faith

I try each day to live my life as Christ would have me. I am responsible for taking action and choosing and doing good and he will support me as I do that by the power of the holy ghost. I love my fellow man. I am not perfect, but I know that charity is the most important trait and I will do-- not just say-- what I know to be true. I will strengthen, encourage and lift up wherever I can. I am strengthened by the good in all people for I know that no one can do anything good without the power of God assisting them. He is the author of all good. Often the enormity of human suffering and the great inequality that exists on this earth is difficult to understand. But I know without question that God is over all and that he expects me to do whatever small thing I can do to make the world a better place and to help my fellow brother and sisters. If I will do that I can work to have peace in this world and his approval. He will take care of the rest somehow. Of that I am certain. That is the perspective I have on my life as I live each day.