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Hi I'm Joe

I'm born and raised in Missouri, I enjoy engineering, playing sports,hanging out with close friends and family, and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I love my life. I consider myself a pretty ordinary person. I love to do things with people and enjoy helping and serving people. My favorite sports are Baseball and Football, but I'll play almost anything. I'm not a very big person, so growing up I sometimes got picked on and teased. I haven't let my height get me down, and I feel I can do anything I want to do. As I have matured I have learned there are much more important things in life than your height and that your individual self worth is mostly dependent on your relationship with Christ. In September 2012 I married the most amazing woman, and so far we have one son named Philip. I love spending time with my family. I received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from BYU-Idaho and am working towards a M.S. Degree in Systems Engineering from ASU.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because it contains a fullness of truth. As I have followed the Lord's direction and proved him to see if he would bless me I have found great strength. I firmly believe in the power and gift of the Holy Ghost and I feel it most when I live the teachings of Modern Prophets. I have come to know for myself that the Book of Mormon is true. Because I know it is true I must believe in where it came from and that the restoration of the gospel truly has occurred and that the fullness of Gospel is once again on the earth. I feel very fortunate to be Mormon.

How I live my faith

I've served in a lot of capacities withing the LDS Church. I've served as a Primary teacher (I would teach children 8-10 yrs old) I served two years as a Mormon Missionary in Dallas, Texas. I presided over a group of young single adult men and frequently went to their homes to visit them and see if there was anything I could do for them. No matter what I am doing, I have found that doing service brings me the greatest amount of happiness and personal fulfillment. Besides my service in the church I try to live the gospel of Jesus Christ the best I know. I believe that faith is a principle of action and that I best demonstrate my love of God by obeying his commandments with exactness and serving the rest of his children.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Joe
As a missionary serving in Dallas, TX I was faced with this question quite often. The simple answer is found in the Book of Mormon in 2 Nephi 25: 23 which states that "it is by grace we are saved after all we can do." Another Book of Mormon prophet stated that we are redeemed "because of the righteousness of [our] redeemer...and salvation is free" (2 Nephi 2: 3-4). In the bible we are also instructed by Paul that we are "ordained that we should walk in [good works]" (Ephesians 2: 10 see 5-10). Here is the revealed truth. Because of the righteousness of Christ, "all men come unto God." Every person who has or ever will live will receive a perfect, glorified body of flesh and bone and will be brought to stand before God to be judged no matter what good or bad we do on this earth, "it is the gift of God" and we cannot boast of it. However, when we are brought before God we will be judged according to what we have done on the earth. Our commitment to follow Christ will determine what glory we will receive and whether or not we will be able to remain in the presence of God for eternity. All who exercise Faith in Christ, repent of all their sins, receive baptism by immersion by one having authority, receive the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands by one having authority, and Endure faithfully throughout their lives will gain eternal life with our Father in Heaven. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Joe
When a prophet (or President of the Church) dies, the senior apostle (the apostle who has been an apostle the longest) takes his place as president of the church. New apostles are called by the prophet by revelation as other apostles die. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Joe
They will share their testimonies of what they have found to be true and invite you to develop similar testimonies for yourself. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Joe
Some of the greatest spiritual impressions and faith confirming experiences I have had have come from reading the Holy Bible. Where else can you find the account of the Saviors birth, his ministry among the jews, his death, and his resurrection. The Bible provides a vital witness and testimony of the Savior and what he did. The Bible confirms and validates the account of the Savior and his teachings found in the Book of Mormon. The Bible and the Book of Mormon are both witnesses that the Savior lives and loves us. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Joe
Families are important to us because we believe that families can be together forever. It is through the family that God has ordained for his spirit children to be brought into this world and develop and grow. Family relationships can be some of the strongest and most fulfilling relationships we can have now and in eternity. I know that my family is the greatest source of comfort and happiness I have (next to my relationship with the Savior). Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Joe
We need a savior because we are all like ships being tossed and turned upon the ocean. He is the lighthouse that can guide us safely to the shores of eternal life. It is only through Jesus Christ that we can be completely forgiven of our sins. He suffered and died for each and every one of us so that we can have the opportunity to repent of what we have done wrong and change our lives. Christ also overcame death. Three days after Christ died he was resurrected. This opened the gates to allow all to be resurrected and receive a perfect, glorified body of flesh and bone. Christ not only suffered for our sins and overcame death, but also for our pains and afflictions. He took upon himself our burdens so that he may know exactly what we are going through and how he can help us. Through Christ we can truly find peace, happiness, and Joy in our lives. He will calm the waves of the storms of life if we seek him out and put our faith and trust in him. We cannot do it ourselves, we simply can't. Show more Show less