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Hi I'm Joe

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Executive in the software industry. Currently, I help build video games. I enjoy reading, watching movies and coaching high-school aged boys how to play rugby. I've 5 wonderful kids, 3 of whom are teenagers. I also like taking the family out on camping trips or to the beach in our Jeep Scrambler modified with an extra bench seat to fit the whole family in. We have great memories pulling people out of sand (and snow when we were in Washington state) and going mudding.

Why I am a Mormon

There are multiple answers to why I am a Mormon. The simplest, and least interesting to me, is because I was born to my father and mother who had been recently converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. There's is an interesting conversion story. But it is not mine. I grew up believing in the Church. Or rather, I grew up going along with what my parents taught, not knowing any alternatives. My father did encourage us to attend other Churches which we did periodically. We were treated well as visitors every where we went, but i always felt that there was something lacking -- some fundamental teachings that we had -- that were missing in the Churches we visited. When I turned 19, I was expected to serve a full-time mission. It dawned on me then that I didn't have the deep conviction that was sufficient to carry me through the trials of 2 years of full-time service in Christ's name. I spent a lot of time on my knees asking for the witness promised in the Book of Mormon (Moroni 10:3-5) also knowing that, if I did not, I would not serve. After time, I received the confirmation of the Holy Ghost that the Book of Mormon was the word of God, that the Church of Jesus Christ was His church and has been led, and is led, by his authorized representatives. Since then I've had many reconfirming experiences. I know that this Church is where you go to receive a full understanding of our Heavenly Father's plan for us. It is in this Church where you can be taught all that he has revealed for his children, best understand the atonement of our savior Jesus Christ, and live according to the plan of happiness that he has set out for us.

How I live my faith

Day by day. I think living a Christian life is made up of a series of small decisions every day -- the words that we use to each other, the opportunities for small kindnesses taken (or not) and the opportunities we have (and should take) to repent of our short-comings and try again. It is that part of the Gospel that I am most grateful for. I know that through the grace of Jesus Christ my sins and short-comings may be forgiven me. I also know that he expects me to keep trying. I will fall short, but, with his help, become a little better a little closer to his example each day. If I am in any way a good man, a good husband or a good father it is due to the influence of Him and His Church; his willingness to let me learn from my mistakes and his encouragement for me to keep going, keep progressing.