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Hi I'm Joe

I grew up in Las Vegas, I play basketball, volleyball, and hockey, and I study Physics and Acoustics at BYU.

About Me

I absolutely love physics and the research I'm doing! I used to teach Serbian and Croatian at the MTC in Provo, UT. I'm a complete mountain man! I may not be as tough as other mountain men but I love the outdoors including hiking, camping, and fishing. This may seem a little odd, but as much as I love to fish, I don't like to eat it. I will catch 'em, clean 'em, and prep 'em but I don't like to eat them. However, I LOVE sushi. Yeah, weird! There's just something about the texture of the cooked fish and the SMELL that I can't take, but sushi, oh yeah, I love me some sushi! I grew up playing all sports especially basketball, volleyball, football, and hockey. I love watching college basketball and football better than professional but most of all I love watching hockey. Colorado Avalanche is my team through and through! Along with sports I've had a huge passion for music. I played percussion in middle and high school including my high school drumline. I was also a part of the Las Vegas Mormon Youth Symphony and even composed a few percussion parts for some of the performances we did. I wanted to continue through college but that wasn't my "calling" in life. I still keep it close, but I'm meant to do physics more than music and I love it!! Everything about physics I love and learn to love! I hope to find a career where I can keep learning and practicing physics especially towards the study of acoustics.

Why I am a Mormon

There's nothing else that makes more sense than knowing I have a Heavenly Father who loves and guides me. I know the Book of Mormon is true as I know that the Bible is the word of God. I grew up reading both books and I have taken the charge to read and pray about them both. I did not want tradition to be my resource of truth for either book, I'm glad and blessed to have learned for myself the truthfulness of God's word.

How I live my faith

I've learned that life revolves around the Savior and the Plan of Salvation. The Plan of Salvation tells us that Heavenly Father knows all that has happened, is happening, and will happen. Jesus Christ is central to His plan because without Him, salvation, hope, and comfort do not come without His atoning sacrifice. Knowing what I know I'm able to see a greater perspective in life as to what is truly important. Applying the small and simple things in life (praying everyday, reading the scriptures, going to church, and attending the temple as often as I can) keep me close to Heavenly Father. Keeping these same principles with my family not only keep my close to them, but keep me close to my religion. As we walk life in faith, we become closer and eventually an eternal family I'll never have to let go of. I can feel the Savior's love whenever I serve other people. It doesn't have to be something organized and thought out. It can be simple things like holding the door open for somebody, smiling at someone and saying, "Hello", or going out of your way to sit next to someone at a social gathering. Making friends and being friendly is definitely part of living a faithful and religious life!