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Hi I'm Joe

I am a soldier, a husband, a father, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

 I am a Solider in the US Army. I have served in the Active Duty military as well as the Army Reserve and National Guard for the last 25 years. I am a husband and a father. These last two descriptions say more about me than any others. I love my family and each of my six children. I have also completed graduate school during my service in the military. My wife and I bought a 135 year old house and have rehabilitated it into a wonderful place to live and raise our family.

Why I am a Mormon

 I joined the church 15 years ago with the help of some dedicated missionaries and the family of my then girlfriend. You'd be surprised how many people you interact with who are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and you just aren't aware. That was the case when I started dating the most beautiful girl I've ever met. This woman and I went to high school together but never dated until I had been in the Army for over 10 years. I grew up knowing a few Mormon families and all seemed like good people, but my friends told me they were "different". But I didn't really know what that meant. Until I dated one, I didn't realize how much I wanted to be part of their "different" world. This woman's family life was great. Close to her parents, siblings were like best friends, and her morals were different from most people I had met. I liked what I saw within her family. After a few visits to church, I met with the missionaries and the things they talked about didn't seem so different. And all the people I met seemed to have something wonderful that I was missing. They seemed to be almost unbelieveable. They introduced me to something I had wanted, but didn't know how to find. Going to church felt almost like I was coming home. Within a few months, I decided to be baptized and become a member. I knew then that with both of us agreeing that we would raise our family in the same faith, and me embracing this new faith, we would be more likely to raise a happy and successful family like the ones I had witnessed. And it was the best decision I have ever made.

How I live my faith

 I live my faith by living the teachings of the Church. I love the scriptures and enjoy passing on their wisdom to my children and my Sunday School class. I love working with the youth, especially the Boy Scout program. As an Eagle scout, living the teachings of the Church is as easy as living the Scout Oath and law. I hope others see me as "trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent". I do all I can to serve my God and my country, to help others at all times, and to keep myself healthy, strong and educated.