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Hi I'm Joe

I am married and have a 3 month old daughter. I love to spend time with my family and be a good husband and father. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I like to spend time with my family by playing with my daughter and enjoy the little moments that family life often brings. I spent time in the US Navy, but recently became an officer in the Army. I currently attend graduate school and am pursuing a Master's degree to become an Army Chaplain.

Why I am a Mormon

I became a member of the church when I was 18 years old. I longed for a deeper faith and understanding of God, so I did as the bible directed in James 1:5. One day I was walking by a thrift store in my home town, when suddenly I felt prompted to go inside. While inside, I met a pregnant lady named Sarah. We started talking and we realized that we had some friends in common. Eventually we came to the subject of religion and I told Sarah that I was a member of the church down the street. I asked her what church she belonged to, and she said "I'm a member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints". When she said this, I felt a tingling feeling throughout my body, so I told Sarah what I felt, and she said "that's the Holy Ghost". Then she said, "I know two people who would love to meet you!". So Sarah's husband (Brian) came and picked me up for dinner that night and introduced me to two sister missionaries. They taught me for one month before I was baptized, but from the time of the first lesson, I had this confirming feeling that the church was true. A couple years after this experience, I met Sarah and her family again. I asked about her memory of that experience, and she told me that she had been praying for opportunities to share the gospel with others. When she saw me in the thrift store before walking out the door, she felt the holy spirit whisper "Wait! go back, he's ready!". At first she was hesitant and thought, "He's a complete stranger! How can I do this?" after feeling strongly that this was the opportunity she was praying for, she spoke with me. If it was not for the bravery of her act of faith, I would not be where I am today. Not only was my testimony in the church confirmed by the conviction of the Holy Spirit, but I also knew from this miraculous experience that the church had to be inspired by God. I thank the Lord constantly for helping me find Him, His church, and the wonderful people within it.

How I live my faith

Within the church I serve on a committee that coordinates meals to feed the missionaries who go out to tell people about the church. None of the positions within the church are paid positions and everyone is a volunteer, including the missionaries. I have enjoyed this call to serve within my church because I have been able to make a positive difference for the people who take joy in bringing happiness into the lives of others. Within the church, I have found a sense of community, an understanding of life’s basic questions (such as where did I come from? What happens when you die? How did I get here? etc.) along with a sense of belonging. I am grateful to be part of a faith that is structured and orderly, in addition to having people that care about each other and the community as a whole. I have contributed to community service projects with my congregation, and feel more connected with the community as a result. In addition, I have discovered lifelong friends, direction, purpose and fulfillment which has only confirmed to me that what I believe is true.