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Hi I'm Joseph

Six generations ago my great great great grandfather was a bodyguard to Joseph & Hyrum Smith. But I had to gain my own testimony.

About Me

I volunteered for the army for two years as a draftee when I was 18 so that I wouldn't have to serve on a church mission. While in the army I studied and prayed and gained a greater understanding and testimony of my LDS faith and of my Savior Jesus Christ. After returning from the army I went on an LDS mission. Since my mission I have been married for 38 years, have six children and 13 grandchildren. I graduated from college in accounting and worked for one company 20 years and when a portion of that company was sold I went with the sold part to a second company another 10 years. During this 30 year career, I was transferred every four or five years to a new assignment and location that was often at opposite ends of the country. At the end of this 30 years, having held increasing responsibilities in financial and non-financial management positions, I decided to give up the security of a high paying job with all the right benefits and purchased a small company to own and manage. This was a leap of faith for us since we had always had the security of a large company to protect our health and provide us paid time off. My wife had always had the opportunity to stay at home while I went to work, when we were raising our family. Now, after almost 5 years with this venture, and being together 24/7 as we manage the day-to-day and long-term company operations together, we have found we are learning more about each other each day. I like what we are learning together.

Why I am a Mormon

I've always believed that this is the true church of Jesus Christ, that this church holds authority from Him to administer heavenly ordinances on the earth. I didn't always understand why I believed that, but it probably had to do with the fact that I was raised to believe that. My testimony became stronger when I was 18 and in the US Army and away from my family and my families influence over me. I spent individual time reading and studying and trying to understand my testimony of the church of of the Savior. I had several spiritual experiences that are too personal to share here, but suffice it to say that my testimony was mine now and I no longer had to lean on the testimony of my family. My knowledge grew stronger during my two years in the army and then blossomed as I served two years on a mission for the church which provided hundreds of testimony building experiences. I am a Mormon because I know that is what the Savior would want me to be. I am a Mormon because what the church stands for is right. I am a Mormon because the LDS church is lead by a prophet of God who provides us with leadership and direction. I am proud to be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I have a leadership responsibility in the church to teach adult men about the Savior Jesus Christ and how the priesthood can be important and more effective in their lives. This includes how to be a better husband, brother and father. I'm a small business owner and serve as a member of the board of directors of a community organization. I balance my time between the family, my business, church responsibilities and community needs, and not always in that order. During my married life, I have had the opportunity to serve as a bishop on two occasions in two different states and a branch president on two other occasions in the same state. I have also taught Sunday School to youth and adults. I would rather teach adults than small children because the smaller children scare me. I enjoy opportunities to serve others and help them become closer to Jesus Christ. The business we own is a small 40 unit motel. Because of our belief in the Holy Bible and the Book of Mormon, we have placed copies of each in each motel room. Two full-time missionaries live in one of our motel rooms and they are up and about among our guests as they see appropriate. Most of our guests have been coming to this motel for years and we have developed a relationship with many of them and when its appropriate we share insights of our faith in Christ and our belief in in His church. My wife and I believe that it isn't so much the words that we say, but the life that we live that reflects what we believe. Our guests and our employees see how we interact with each other as a married couple and how we interact with them. When our children visit, guests and employees see the lives that our children have built around their families, the church and their belief in Jesus Christ. Guests and employees like what they see. My wife and I are just living our lives the best way we know how, by learning what Jesus would have us do and then applying those principles in our every day living.