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Hi I'm Joey

I have a beautiful wife Maegan, two raucous boys and a sweet little girl. I play soccer and attend dental school. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love soccer, I'm a second year dental student, and I spend all the time I can with my family. I’ve been married almost 6 years and we have two boys and a sweet little girl. My dental program keeps me pretty busy, but the time I have with my family is the best! Our oldest boy is 3 ½ and he loves to wrestle with his little brother. I grew up with seven brothers, a mom who was always there for us and a dad who ensured we always had what we needed. We learned to work hard and love a lot. Our parents helped us put the Gospel of Jesus Christ into action – forgiving each other when we fought, helping each other with home work, and trying to love each other (far from perfect though). I want the same for my boys.

Why I am a Mormon

I find peace and happiness in living the Gospel of Jesus Christ. There is no other route to happiness. This is why I am a Mormon. Jesus Christ gave his life so that we can repent of our sins and be forgiven. He also gave us a perfect example to follow. This is also why I am a Mormon. The truths of the Plan of Salvation are taught clearly in the Bible and the Book of Mormon – Another Testament of Jesus Christ. When I read I am filled with peace and I understand better how to live as the Savior taught. The time I spend with my family is precious. This is why living the Gospel is so vital. The Gospel of the Savior teaches how to have lasting family relationships. Not just by spending time together, but by making the time count. The Gospel of Jesus Christ teaches how to repent and forgive; be kind and loving; lift and serve; be grateful and learn. These are the things that bring the greatest happiness in life, and the things upon which lasting happiness is built. The Gospel is the perfect Plan of Happiness. The Church of Jesus Christ was restored by the Lord’s hand through the Prophet Joseph Smith. God gave him priesthood authority to establish His church and commanded him to do so. He was called as a prophet just as were Noah, Abraham and Moses. None of them assumed their authority, but were called by the hand of God. Anyone can know this truth for themselves because the voice of the Lord will speak it to them I know they were called of God because His voice has spoken it to me – a voice from a loving Heavenly Father who will speak this to anyone (1 Kings 19:11-12). All can know the peace and happiness the Gospel of Jesus Christ brings. We can live it and know it. When we fall short, the Lord’s grace will cover our sins if we seek forgiveness. This is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I try to help those around me live the gospel. The best to help others live the gospel, is to live the gospel myself. We try to help others where we can. Then I see my children helping each other out and helping others - the way Jesus Christ taught us to live. Living the gospel helps us find happiness. It's tough to be patient and kind all the time. But I try to remember that those around me, take cues from me. When I'm unkind and selfish, others around me often act the same way. When I return anger with a smile, it too, is reciprocated. Most important to me, and most helpful in living the gospel, are the covenants I have made with God. Intentions mean little until they are attached to a promise. The same is true in marriage, the same is true in the gospel. Since that is the case, I partake of the sacrament each week in remembrance of the promises I have made to live the gospel, to give, even at personal sacrifice, and to use everything I have (though small) to help others. I also go to the temple whenever I can. It helps me feel close to God and want to be better. My wife and I were married in the temple where we made promises with God, and to each other, to be true to each other, and serve each other - not just til this life ends, but for forever. These promises are most central to how I live my faith - because my wife and children are the things of greatest value to me in this life. Each day we spend time together, working as a partnership to be a family forever.

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Joey
Life is precious. Each of was given our life by God. He has given us many choices in this life, but has reserved the giving of life, and the taking of life, to Himself. The church strongly opposes elective abortion for personal or social convenience. (Including submitting to, performing, arranging, paying for, consenting to, and encouraging abortion). Life is a gift from God Himself and must be treated with care. Possible exceptions include (1) circumstances where the life or health of the mother is in serious jeopardy, (2) the unborn child has serious defects that will now allow the child to live past birth, or (3) the pregnancy resulted from forcible rape or incest. In these cases, one should find out from God whether an abortion would be appropriate. This can be done through careful prayer and talking with church leaders. Show more Show less