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Hi I'm Joe

I'm a Mormon. I live in the middle of the United States.

About Me

I have been married with my best friend, Heidi, since 1984. I have 5 children and 6 grandchildren. I own a translation business. The business opened in 1998. In the beginning, with no money, working nights at a hotel, driving a school bus and providing translation services full time during the day, I had little time for sleep. It grew slowly at first. I almost gave up many times during the first 7 years. It was my wife who pushed me forward and always believed I could make it work. I credit my eventual success to the application of the principles of honesty, persistence and providing a valuable service to others. From this and many other experiences I have come to know that blessings and rewards come only after effort and patience. In my case it took working a second and 3rd job for 14 years. My observation regarding this experience is that if we were to be given everything simply by asking, by no effort of our own, we would never progress and mature as individuals. I know that God wants me to be better by overcoming the challenges I have in life. In the church I have served in young men leadership, adult leadership, children programs, scouting, missionary work and in the Sunday School program of the church. I love to teach. Currently I serve in the temple once a week. The temple brings blessings of peace and joy to my life. I look forward to living with my family throughout the eternities. The temple gives me assurance of this gift.

Why I am a Mormon

My first experience with the spirit of love, that comes from God, was when I was baptized. I was baptized and confirmed a member of the church at the age of 8. Over the years my father had baptized all my siblings, but now that my oldest brother was 18, and he held the priesthood, my father decided it would be a good experience for him to perform the baptism of water. The following day, the second ordinance occurred. I remember going in front of the congregation, gathered in Sacrament meeting. At the very moment my father placed his hands on my head and said "receive the Holy Ghost" I felt God's love encircle me and my spirit leaped with joy. A strong desire to always be good came upon me. I know that this experience could only come from a loving Father, who lives in Heaven. Remembering this experience and living as best I can has brought great joy in my life. Of course the challenges of life have come my way. Through sincere prayer and regular study of the scriptures I have been strengthened. I am glad to be a member of the church. I want everyone to know the joy that I know. The feelings of love from God have been reconfirmed many times throughout my life. These experiences make me feel important and special. I have often wondered why I have been so privileged to know his love. Because of the love I feel for my own children I have a glimpse of the reason of God's love for me. In my heart I have come to know that all Gods children are privileged and that this special feeling can and will be experienced by each and everyone of us. "For verily the voice of the Lord is unto all men, and there is none to escape; and there is no eye that shall not see, neither ear that shall not hear, neither heart that shall not be penetrated. (Doctrine and Covenants 1:2)

How I live my faith

I have participated in church as a teacher most of my life. I enjoy teaching the youth classes. I have also taught young children and adult classes. I served a mission between 1980 to 1982. I was in the La Paz, Bolivia Mission. I learned Spanish and continue to speak it today. What I learn each Sunday helps me make better decisions in my life. I enjoy the fellowship I experience at church.