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Hi I'm Joel

I am a husband, father, son, friend, employee, leader and follower but most of all I am Mormon.

About Me

I am the father of three children, two boys and a girl, both boys are Eagle Scouts and my daughter is an accomplished writer. I love to work with and teach the young men so that they can grow up to be good men. One of our church leaders said of the church “we make bad men good and good men better”, I try to keep that quote in mind as I work with the youth to make them and myself better! One of the ways I am able to do this is by serving as Eagle Counselor in Boy Scouting. In this role I help the young men learn how to plan and set goals by encouraging them to stretch themselves as work towards Scouting’s highest honor. I attended college as an adult and while it was difficult at times to balance school, family and work responsibilities, it taught me many great lessons about hard work and sacrifice. I try to teach and instill these qualities in the young men I mentor through the process of becoming an Eagle Scout. I feel that is an honor to work with and teach such great young men.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a home that was on the border of being atheistic with a single mom. I always knew there was more to life including a family that was more traditional. I tried to join other religious groups as I was growing up but my mother would not let me. In hind sight it was probably a good thing because once I was out on my own I learned about the gospel through my girl friend and was baptized about a year later. If I had joined some other religion I don’t think I would have been in the right place physically, emotionally or spiritually to hear or accept this great message. I have been a member of the church for almost 27 years and it continues to change my life and enables me to do so many things I don’t think I ever would have done otherwise.

How I live my faith

I am very lucky to have assignments to work with the youth of the church. I am able to work with them through scouting and other church related activities. I often feel that I am the one learning from them since they are so receptive to receiving new messages. The youth are always more willing than adults to share their feelings about the church, this always makes me try to do better to set a good example for them. I also help my wife teach a youth Sunday school class. This provides me more opportunities to learn since I believe in that old adage that the best way to learn something is to teach it.